A Face in the Crowd (1957)

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Movie Info & Cast

Synopsis

A female radio reporter turns a folk-singing drifter into a powerful media star.

Cast

  • Andy Griffith
  • Patricia Neal
  • Anthony Franciosa
  • Walter Matthau
  • Lee Remick
  • Percy Waram
  • Paul McGrath
  • Rod Brasfield
  • Marshall Neilan
  • Alexander Kirkland

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Metacritic

83

It's like an early version of Network, and it's just as overwrought, but Kazan enlivens the material with a mise en scène so vigorous that it could make anyone buy into the auteur theory. Kazan varies his shooting style, alternating between portraiture, expressionism, and docu-realism for a look and rhythm that's about 15 years ahead of its time.

Metacritic review by Noel Murray
Noel Murray
The A.V. Club
100

This is one of the greatest films of the 1950s, a prophetic film about the dangerous power of modern media.

Metacritic review by Mick LaSalle
Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
63

Strong performances and a fiery aggressive tone keep things moving, but A Face in the Crowd is dated and not particularly deep.

Metacritic review by Jeremiah Kipp
Jeremiah Kipp
Slant Magazine