Watch now

Currently unavailable.
We don't know when or if this item will be back in stock.

Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon

Image Unavailable

Image not available for
Colour:
  • Sorry, this item is not available in
  • Image not available
      

A Face In The Crowd [DVD]


Currently unavailable.
We don't know when or if this item will be back in stock.

Looking for Bargains?
Check out the DVD & Blu-ray Deals of the Week page to find this week's price-drops. Deals of the Week end on Sunday at 23:59.

Special Offers and Product Promotions


What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?


Product details

  • Actors: Andy Griffith, Patricia Neal, Anthony Franciosa, Walter Matthau, Lee Remick
  • Directors: Elia Kazan
  • Writers: Budd Schulberg
  • Producers: Elia Kazan
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: VellaVision
  • DVD Release Date: 2 Jan 2003
  • Run Time: 125 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000E8RGUU
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 233,583 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5 stars
5 star
6
4 star
0
3 star
0
2 star
0
1 star
1
See all 7 customer reviews
Share your thoughts with other customers

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Nobody VINE VOICE on 9 April 2007
Format: DVD
`A Face In The Crowd' was directed in1957 by: Elia Kazan (On The Waterfront, 1954; Baby Doll, 1956; A Streetcar Named Desire, 1951; East Of Eden, 1955, A Tree Grows In Brooklyn, 1945). He may be perhaps the greatest of all American directors and certainly one of most consistent along with Howard Hawks and Billy Wilder. Kazan was the co-founder of the New York Actor's Studio that taught the Stanislavski theory of acting or Method Acting as it would become known. The idea is to suppress the actor own personality and thereby become the role they are playing. Kazan was looking to move cinema away from the closed romantic realism of classic Hollywood into new territory and subject matter such as: youth, sex, racism and politics. In `A Face In The Crowd' we get to see almost a prophetic look at the corrupting power of the then new medium of television. Television is being used as a medium to sway public opinion in your favour, be it sell vitamin pills or your politics. We also see the coaching of a US senator in the Method to create a change of personality and thus win over the television viewer/voter. Yet as quick as it can make you it can also break you. It seems even more relevant today.

`A Face In The Crowd' starred Andy Griffith (Matlock (TV)) who is brilliant is wonderfully cast in his debut picture as Lonesome Rhodes. He exudes a raw comic energy of a larger than life character that is perfect for the role. He is supported by excellent performances from Walter Matthau and Patricia Neal (The Day The Earth Stood Still, 1951; Breakfast At Tiffiny's, 1961; Hud, 1963). The screenplay was written by Budd Schulberg (A Star Is Born, On The Waterfront) and supposedly based on the career of Arthur Godfrey.
Read more ›
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Given how much politics and the media have changed since the late 1950s, a satire from back then might be expected to be of artistic merit but unlikely to have much resonance today. Yet the satirical bite of A face in the crowd is still highly applicable today, from the way media titans try to influence politics right down to a throwaway comment about dodgy product placement that could easily apply to Twitter.

Not only has the plot, about a drunk traveller who thanks to his musical ability becomes a media star with political pulling power, aged well, so too has the acting, directing and filming. The details in the background of many scenes also induce frequent use of pause to let all the clever little touches sink in.

The film was not much of a success on release but has slowly grown in appreciation since. It should be a classic for political and media junkies.

If you've not watched it yet, do so soon.

It's brilliant - and especially watch out for Walter Matthau's role, which he places to perfection. Whoever organised the scene which had 380 dogs apparently running free also deserves organisational acclaim.

One tip if you get the film on DVD: don't read the blurb on the back. It summarises the whole story, including detailing the key plot twist. Best leave reading it until after you've watched the film for the first time. It's still enjoyable after you know the plot, but first time round there's extra tension to savour thanks to your ignorance.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Randy F. on 15 Jun 2008
Format: DVD
It's amazing to me that this movie was made in the 1950s. It's so right on the money with its take on American advertising and greed. Andy Griffith is fantastic as Lonsome Roads, the main character in this incredible journey gone wrong from country boy to top of the world movie star. Other notable performances are by Lee Remick and of course, Patricia Neal. If you want to see the underbelly of how American advertising works, this is a movie you won't want to miss. Similar films include "All About Eve," "Chinatown," and "Day of the Locust" all of which deal with Hollywood and again how the public gets used. The ending of "A Face in the Crowd" is one you won't forget and Griffith's performace is the best of his career. It's amazing that he didn't go on to do hundreds more films. His range of emotions in this movie are unbelievable. Great film---depressing but great.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Director Elia Kazan was master of the gritty drama,and this is a worthy addition to the list of his great films. A biting satire on the cult of personality,of the sort that now fill our television screens,a nobody,but with the personality,presence and home-spun philosophy that appeals to an audience,firstly on local radio,then snowballing to national television. Andy Griffith stars as "Lonesome" Rhodes,and I cant think of anyone who could have done it better,a media created monster, eventually,and dramatically un-masked by the woman who "discovered" him and nurtured his early career,only to slowly recognise the monster she had helped create.Great supporting cast,Patricia Neal,Walther Matthau and an early appearance by Lee Remick. Overall a great film.perceptive and prescient.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again

Customer Discussions

This product's forum
Discussion Replies Latest Post
No discussions yet

Ask questions, Share opinions, Gain insight
Start a new discussion
Topic:
First post:
Prompts for sign-in
 

Search Customer Discussions
Search all Amazon discussions
   


Look for similar items by category


Feedback