A Face in the Crowd
A Face in the Crowd (1957)

In this drama, Andy Griffith makes a spectacular film debut as Lonesome Rhodes, a philosophical country-western singer discovered in a tanktown jail by television talent coordinator Patricia Neal and her assistant Walter Matthau. They… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: May 28, 1957
DVD Release Date: May 10, 2005
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Critic Score: 92% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
J. Hoberman
Village Voice

A Face in the Crowd has never ceased to be relevant.

Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

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.

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Emanuel Levy

Another fruitful collaboartion between Kazan and Budd Schulberg (On the Waterfront), a poignant film about celebrity, the mass media, and the political process.

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

What starts out as a seemingly liberal tract rapidly becomes a smug, cynical exercise in misanthropy.

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Rob Gonsalves

Griffith's hungry, lunging performance is a shock and a revelation to anyone who knows him primarily from The Andy Griffith Show or, God knows, Matlock.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

It's a biting 'rise and fall' satire, sending out a warning to watch out for legends created on the boob tube.

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Bosley Crowther
New York Times

This sizzling and cynical exposure... also presents Andy Griffith as the key figure in his first screen role.

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Kimberly Gadette

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.

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TV Guide

A raw, penetrating, and terrifying portrait of humanity.

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Flixster Audience Score: 94% Flixster User Reviews
Randy Tippy
This one is disturbing for all the right reasons. Watching Andy Griffith play a money-grubbing, amoral, unlikeable bastard is like watching Mister Rogers play… More
Cindy I
WOW. Who knew he had it in him?!! Andy Griffith -- yes, THAT Andy Griffith -- gives a blistering performance in his first film role as Larry… More
Ken Stachnik
Holy central performance Andy Griffith! This movie is full on fantastic. Elia Kazan has brought to life a story that is years ahead of it's time. A must… More
Stella Dallas
this is a terrific film and i think the flixster synopsis is spot on. it's interesting to speculate where andy's film career might have gone if he… More
Michael Gildea
I never thought I'd ever use the word amazing to describe any performance by Andy Griffith but I've got to hand it to the man -- he was amazing. He… More
Lanning : )
So I'm watching this with my sister last night, who's visiting from England, and I tell her it's a powerful performance by Andy Griffith. This… More