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A face in the crowd

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DVD special edition.


English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing.


Andy Griffith, Patricia Neal, Anthony Franciosa, Walter Matthau, Lee Remick, Percy Waram, Rod Brasfield, Marshall Neilan, Charles Irving, Paul McGrath, Kay Medford, Alexander Kirkland.

Publication Information

[Irvington, NY] : Criterion Collection, [2019]

Physical Description

1 videodisc (126 minutes) : sound, black and white ; 4 3/4 in. + 1 booklet (27 pages : illustrations ; 19 cm)


Not rated.


A face in the crowd chronicles the rise and fall of Larry "Lonesome" Rhodes, a boisterous entertainer discovered in an Arkansas drunk tank by Marcia Jefferies, a local radio producer with ambitions of her own. His charisma and cunning soon shoot him to the heights of television stardom and political demagoguery, forcing Marcia to grapple with the manipulative, reactionary monster she has created. Though this incisive satire was a flop on its initial release, subsequent generations have marveled at its eerily prescient diagnosis of the toxic intimacy between media and politics in American life.


Originally released as a motion picture in 1957.

Special features: New, restored 4K digital transfer ; new interview with Ron Briley, author of The ambivalent legacy of Elia Kazan ; new interview with Andy Griffith biographer Evan Dalton Smith ; Facing the past, a 2005 documentary featuring actors Griffith, Patricia Neal, and Anthony Franciosa; screenwriter Budd Schulber; and film scholars Leo Braudy and Jeff Young ; trailer.

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