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176 Ratings


Directed by Joshua Logan
United States, 1955
Drama, Romance


The film focuses on a golden-boy-turned-drifter whose unexpected arrival in a small Kansas town ignites explosive passions in a discontented beauty queen, a waspish schoolteacher, an insecure bookworm and an ambitious mother.

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Picnic Directed by Joshua Logan

Awards & Festivals

Academy Awards

1956 | 2 wins including: Best Art Direction-Set Decoration, Color

1956 | 4 nominations including: Best Picture

National Board of Review

1955 | Winner: Top Ten Films

BAFTA Awards

1957 | 4 nominations including: Best Film from any Source

Critics reviews

Can a film be flawed and ‘dated’ but still have a perfect ending? Picnic suggests the answer is yes. It’s instructive to consider Picnic’s flaws in terms of unresolved tensions in the film’s style.
September 07, 2015

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