A Hatful of Rain

Overview

A Hatful of Rain, based on the stage play by Michael V. Gazzo, is the story of a drug addict's debilitating effect on his family. Don Murray has managed to keep his addiction secret from his pregnant wife Eva Marie Saint and his boorish father Lloyd Nolan, but Murray's brother Anthony Franciosa knows the truth. Murray hits up Franciosa for money to support his habit, but even this is not enough as the addiction deepens and Murray finds himself beholden to a vicious pusher Henry Silva. Murray is unable to cope ...
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Overview

A Hatful of Rain, based on the stage play by Michael V. Gazzo, is the story of a drug addict's debilitating effect on his family. Don Murray has managed to keep his addiction secret from his pregnant wife Eva Marie Saint and his boorish father Lloyd Nolan, but Murray's brother Anthony Franciosa knows the truth. Murray hits up Franciosa for money to support his habit, but even this is not enough as the addiction deepens and Murray finds himself beholden to a vicious pusher Henry Silva. Murray is unable to cope with his private hell until he confesses to his wife and father that he's a junkie and needs help. Considered the last word in realism in 1957, A Hatful of Rain seems slightly antiquated in the light of the drug-abuse excesses of the 1990s.
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Richard Gilliam
A Hatful of Rain is an unusually stark look at the effects of drug addiction. Based on the stage play by future Godfather Part II actor Michael V. Gazzo, Rain contains some of the most intense family dynamics of any 1950s film. The performances are uniformly first-rate, particularly Don Murray as the junkie husband and Oscar-nominated Anthony Franciosa as his brother. Decidedly downbeat -- even for the often somber director Fred Zinnemann -- the film makes an effective statement against drug addiction, without succumbing to the simple-minded propaganda that often plagues stories of this type. If Rain has a weakness, it's that it occasionally looks set-bound, though cinematographer Joe MacDonald does his best to establish mood and prevent the film from becoming static.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/6/2012
  • UPC: 024543857037
  • Original Release: 1957
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  • Source: Fox Mod
  • Presentation: B&W / Pan & Scan
  • Time: 1:48:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 18,226

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Eva Marie Saint Celia Pope
Don Murray Johnny Pope
Anthony Franciosa Polo Pope
Lloyd Nolan John Pope, Sr.
Henry Silva Mother
William Hickey Apples
Gerald O'Loughlin Chuck
Tom Aheame Bartender
Gordon B. Clark Middle-Aged Man
Art Fleming Mounted Cop
Jason Johnson Boss
Paul Kruger Bartender
Rex Lease Man
Ralph Montgomery Spectator
William Tannen Executive
Michael Vale Cab Driver
Norman Willis John
Technical Credits
Fred Zinnemann Director
L.B. Abbott Special Effects
Buddy Adler Producer
Bernard Freericks Sound/Sound Designer
Leland Fuller Art Director
Michael Vincente Gazzo Screenwriter
Alfred Hayes Screenwriter
Bernard Herrmann Score Composer
Ben Kadish Asst. Director
Harry M. Leonard Sound/Sound Designer
Joe MacDonald Cinematographer
Ben Nye Sr. Makeup
Stuart A. Reiss Set Decoration/Design
Walter Scott Set Decoration/Design
Dorothy Spencer Editor
Lyle Wheeler Art Director
Mary Wills Costumes/Costume Designer
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