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A Face In the Crowd (1957)

HD   NR Closed Captioning

Elia Kazan

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About the Movie

When philosophical country/western singer Larry "Lonesome" Rhodes is "discovered" in the local lock-up by television talent coordinator Marcia Jeffries, she decided that Rhodes deserves a guest appearance on a TV variety show. The gangly, overly humble Rhodes is an instant sensation, and as he quickly ascends toward superstardom he attracts fans, sponsors and endorsement deals until he is the most powerful and influential entertainer on the airwaves. Beloved by his public audience, they would never believe that he has turned into a scheming, power-hungry manipulator with Machiavellian political aspirations. What Rhodes does not realize is that the higher the rise, the farther the fall; not only does he wind up losing his fame and fortune, but he also loses those who cared about him before his ego took control of his life.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 24
  • Fresh: 22
  • Rotten: 2
  • Average Rating: 7.8/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: This sizzling and cynical exposure... also presents Andy Griffith as the key figure in his first screen role. – Bosley Crowther, New York Times, Jul 16, 2008

Fresh: A Face in the Crowd has never ceased to be relevant. – J. Hoberman, Village Voice, Jun 24, 2010

Fresh: 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. – Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader, Jun 24, 2010

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Customer Reviews

A Face in the Crowd

Well done, Mr. Kasan, more timely than ever.

Disturbing and ugly

This movie is great. Andy Griffith gives an amazing preformance as the drunken Lonesome Rhodes, a character very different than Andy Taylor from Griffith's hit sitcom. The movie follows Rhodes' rise to fame and power on television and his subsequent spiral out of control. Rhodes is a demonic and fascinating character and easily one of the most dimesional and evil characters in film history. The trailer provided doesn't do the film justice, don't miss this movie.

Unexpected surprise

Amazing movie a wonderful contrast to all of the wholesome character Griffith plays in the future. It's nice to see his range since he seldom if ever ventured to the dark side again. A must see.

A Face In the Crowd (1957)
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  • $9.99
  • Genre: Drama
  • Released: 1957

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