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A Face in the Crowd

2 Ratings: 5.0
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More timely now, perhaps, than when it was first released in 1957, Elia Kazan's overheated political melodrama explores the dangerous manipulative power of pop culture. It exposes the underside of Capra-corn populism, as exemplified in the optimistic … see full wiki

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review by . February 28, 2009
posted in Movie Hype
Andy Griffith goes right to the edge of overacting in this dark character study of an Arkansas hillybilly who overgrows his roots--then blasts all the way through it to some of the most inspired scenery-chewing you'll ever see in a mainstream movie. Lonesome Roads is discovered sleeping off a drunk in a local jail by radio announcer Patricia Neal, where she has brought her "portable" tape recorder to capture local flavor for her "Face in the Crowd" feature show on her daddy's radio station.      …
review by . March 08, 2005
Andy Griffith succeeds in pulling off an act of pure madness in this chronicle of the rise and fall of a superstar.    A Face in the Crowd is a mezmerizing film from start to finish. You get introduced to the character Lonesome Rhodes as he lay passed out in a jail cell. A local radio news reporter, played by Patricia Niel, is scouting for new talent and happens to see this explosive accident waiting to happen sprawled across the floor. She wakes him up and convinces him to sing …
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