A Hatful of Rain

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A Hatful of Rain
A Hatful of Rain movie poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Fred Zinnemann
Produced by Buddy Adler
Screenplay by Alfred Hayes
Carl Foreman
Michael V. Gazzo
Based on A Hatful of Rain play 
by Michael V. Gazzo
Starring Don Murray
Eva Marie Saint
Anthony Franciosa
Lloyd Nolan
Music by Bernard Herrmann
Cinematography Joseph MacDonald
Edited by Dorothy Spencer
Distributed by 20th Century Fox
Release dates
  • July 17, 1957 (1957-07-17)
Running time
109 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $1,820,000[1]
Box office $1.5 million (US)[2]

A Hatful of Rain is a 1957 dramatic film. The movie was a rarity for its time, in its frank depiction of the effects of morphine addiction. It is a medically and sociologically accurate account of the effects of morphine on an addict and his family.[3]

It stars Eva Marie Saint, Don Murray, Anthony Franciosa, Lloyd Nolan, and Henry Silva. The movie was adapted by Michael V. Gazzo, Alfred Hayes, and Carl Foreman from the play by Gazzo. Foreman was blacklisted at the time of the film's release. The Writers Guild of America added his name to the film's credits in 1998, 14 years after his death. It was directed by Fred Zinnemann and features a strong musical score by Bernard Herrmann. Herrmann was asked by Fox to rescore his prelude for the film as the original was considered "too terrifying".[4]

Franciosa was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role.


The setting is a housing project apartment in New York City near the Brooklyn Bridge. Johnny Pope (Don Murray) is a soldier who returns from the Korean War,[5] where a stay in a military hospital has left him secretly addicted to morphine. His emotional distance (and his tendency to stay out all night) alienates him from the apartment's other residents: Johnny's pregnant wife Celia (Eva Marie Saint) and his brother Polo (Anthony Franciosa). Celia is convinced that Johnny is having an affair, but of course the truth is something quite different. Johnny and Polo's father, John Sr. (Lloyd Nolan), arrives in town and stays with them in the small apartment, further complicating a tense situation and leading to a dynamic and dramatic climax.


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  1. ^ Solomon, Aubrey. Twentieth Century Fox: A Corporate and Financial History (The Scarecrow Filmmakers Series). Lanham, Maryland: Scarecrow Press, 1989. ISBN 978-0-8108-4244-1. p250
  2. ^ "Top Grosses of 1957", Variety, 8 January 1958: 30
  3. ^ AJ Giannini (1982). Handbook of Overdose and Detoxification Emergencies. New Hyde Park, NY: Medical Examination Publishing Co., p.166. ISBN 0-87488-182-X
  4. ^ http://www.nytimes.com/1995/02/24/obituaries/michael-v-gazzo-71-is-dead-playwright-of-hatful-of-rain.html
  5. ^ http://www.tcm.com/tcmdb/title/77465/a-Hatful-of-Rain/articles.html

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