A Face in the Crowd (1957)
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as Lonesome Rhodes
as Marcia Jeffries
as Joey Kiely
as Mel Miller
as Betty Lou Fleckum
as Col. Hollister
as Mr. Luffler
as J.B. Jeffries
as First Mrs. Rhodes
as Jim Collier
as Sen. Fuller
as Sheriff Hosmer
as Abe Steiner
as 1st Printer
as 2nd Printer
as baton twirler
as Radio Announcer
Critic Reviews for A Face in the Crowd
A Face in the Crowd has never ceased to be relevant.
What starts out as a seemingly liberal tract rapidly becomes a smug, cynical exercise in misanthropy.
This sizzling and cynical exposure... also presents Andy Griffith as the key figure in his first screen role.
Andy Griffith, as a hick radio star modeled on Arthur Godfrey, delivers an astonishing, sinister performance in Elia Kazan's 1957 essay on media demagoguery.
Griffith's hungry, lunging performance is a shock and a revelation to anyone who knows him primarily from The Andy Griffith Show or, God knows, Matlock.
Audience Reviews for A Face in the Crowd
This one is disturbing for all the right reasons. Watching Andy Griffith play a money-grubbing, amoral, unlikeable bastard is like watching Mister Rogers play Hannibal Lector. After all, this is the same Andy that kept the streets of Mayberry safe for all those years and the same Andy that taught Opie how to fish and throw a curve ball. It's even more unnerving because Griffith does it so well.
Holy central performance Andy Griffith! This movie is full on fantastic. Elia Kazan has brought to life a story that is years ahead of it's time. A must see.
I never thought I'd ever use the word amazing to describe any performance by Andy Griffith but I've got to hand it to the man -- he was amazing. He played a folksy and infinitely lovable hick and a power-drunk bastard with equal magnificence. Director Elia Kazan's initial shot at a burgeoning form of entertainment serves as an eons ahead of its time lightning rod that's more relevant now than ever. Kazan's direction is fantastic (especially when the spectacular Patricia Neal snaps in the sound booth) and the script is biting. The supporting cast (particularly Walter Matthau) was brilliant and I see yet another movie I want to kick myself in the ass for not seeing sooner. I loved this movie so much I want to freak out.
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