|"I gotta get somewhere in this world. I just gotta."|
|Time: 115 mins.|
Rating: Not Rated
Won Academy Awards for Best Art Direction and Film Editing. Nominations for Best Supporting Actor (O'Connell), Director, Score and Best Picture.
|CAPSULE REVIEW One of those 50s films that starts quietly enough, with the arrival of a stranger, and then all emotional hell breaks loose. Since the leads are two of my recent favorites, I believed that I was in for a treat. While some parts are quite sexy, the film has more dialogue than romance. Holden plays Hal Carter, a down-on-his-luck drifter who's a little too old to be bouncing about. He's come to town, on the day of the big, annual picnic, to troll for work from Alan, an old college buddy. What develops is trouble with a capital T, as his raw animal magnetism attracts every eligible woman in sight, including Madge the local beauty and Alan's girlfriend. Madge wants to be noticed for her personality instead of her looks. Her mother wants her to take the financially secure road marrying Alan would provide. The initial fun of the day, turns sour when Hal shares a dance with Madge. Their sensual interlude creates chaos, forcing everyone to confront the reality of their boring lives. Desperation fills the air as hopes are dashed and new ones are reborn. The new lovers run away together, though that's not a very believable outcome. They have good chemistry, but not enough screen time. It's high melodrama that reaches an annoying fever pitch towards the end. The acting is good, the story too cluttered and over-the-top.|