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Picnic (2000)

The son of the richest man in town wants to marry the town's beauty queen, but then she meets an interesting stranger who just got off the train.


Ivan Passer


William Inge (play), Shelley Evans (teleplay)


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Credited cast:
Bonnie Bedelia ... Flo Owens
Josh Brolin ... Hal Carter
Ben Caswell ... Alan Benson
J.D. Evermore ... Younger Cop
Gretchen Mol ... Madge Owens
Chad Morgan ... Millie Owens
Jay O. Sanders ... Howard Bevens
Mary Steenburgen ... Rosemary Sydney
Christopher Bills Christopher Bills ... Bomber
Rodger Boyce ... The Mayor
E.J. Nolan ... The Photographer
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Cole Dabney Cole Dabney ... Carnival Game Player
Richard Dillard Richard Dillard ... Mr. Benson
Davi Jay ... Hotel Clerk
Dorothy Layne Dorothy Layne ... Mrs. Hawkins


The son of the richest man in town wants to marry the town's beauty queen, but then she meets an interesting stranger who just got off the train.

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Drama | Romance







Release Date:

16 April 2000 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Kisvárosi szerelem See more »

Filming Locations:

Martindale, Texas, USA See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The original Broadway production of "The Picnic" by William Inge opened on February 19, 1953 at the Music Box Theater, ran for 477 performances and won the Pulitzer Prize in Drama in 1953. See more »


Version of Picnic (1986) See more »

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16 April 2000 | by nunculusSee all my reviews

The Czech director Ivan Passer is perhaps the most unfulfilled of great contemporary filmmakers. His masterpieces in America--BORN TO WIN and CUTTER'S WAY--were seen by almost no one, and I doubt he had much of an audience for this "Kraft Premier Movie," which belies Robert Altman's notorious remark about Kraft's television products--"as bland as their cheese." William Inge's study of stifled erotic yearning in a small town now takes on a mythic stature. But powerful as that mythos is, Passer doesn't turn the star-crossed leads (Gretchen Mol and Josh Brolin, both luminous) into statues. On the contrary, he just accretes amazing lyricism everywhere--it stacks up on the surface of the movie like so many barnacles. The ending is a blissful liftoff that may make you feel you're living in another time and place. Visually, the work may not be as distinguished as you might like, but in terms of intuitive rhapsodic skill, Passer is right up there with Altman. Somebody, anybody, get this man more work.

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