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A Face in the Crowd
Andy Griffith makes a spectacular film debut in this searing drama as Lonesome Rhodes, a philosophical country-western singer discovered in a tanktown jail by radio talent scout Patricia Neal and her assistant Walter Matthau. They decide that Rhodes is worthy of a radio spot, but the unforeseen result is that the gangly, aw-shucks entertainer becomes an overnight sensation not simply on radio but, thereafter, on television. As he ascends to stardom, Rhodes attracts fans, sponsors and endorsements by the carload, and soon he is the most powerful and influential entertainer on the airwaves.… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 91%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A Face in the Crowd has never ceased to be relevant."
‑ J. Hoberman, Village Voice
"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
"It's a biting 'rise and fall' satire, sending out a warning to watch out for legends created on the boob tube."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Next time you feel like you're getting fooled again by a demagogue, rent this movie and get centered"
‑ David Bezanson, Filmcritic.com
"The first half of A Face in the Crowd is genuinely intriguing and competently handled by Kazan, but it quickly degenerates into moralizing diatribe."
‑ , Film4
"What starts out as a seemingly liberal tract rapidly becomes a smug, cynical exercise in misanthropy."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"A fascinating early look at the unholy alliance between politics and entertainment, the corporations controlling it all. With Griffith's wild performance, even though the film has its flaws, it's worth viewing."
‑ Kimberly Gadette, Doddle
"A raw, penetrating, and terrifying portrait of humanity."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Didactic but highly effective little black comedy from the folks who gave you 'On the Waterfront.' Andy Griffith is downright scary."
‑ Dan Lybarger, Nitrate Online
"A little overdone, but Neal and Remick are brilliant."
‑ Nell Minow, Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
"This sizzling and cynical exposure... also presents Andy Griffith as the key figure in his first screen role."
‑ Bosley Crowther, New York Times
"Another fruitful collaboartion between Kazan and Budd Schulberg (On the Waterfront), a poignant film about celebrity, the mass media, and the political process."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"...an important cautionary tale for all of us not take everything we see and hear at face value."
‑ John J. Puccio, Movie Metropolis
"The remarkable thing about A Face in the Crowd is the way in which this 50-year-old film only seems to become only more relevant with the passing of time."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
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