Carny (1980 film)
|Directed by||Robert Kaylor|
|Produced by||Robbie Robertson|
|Written by||Phoebe Kaylor (story)
Robert Kaylor (story)
Robbie Robertson (story)
|Music by||Alex North|
|Cinematography||Harry Stradling, Jr.|
|Edited by||Stuart H. Pappé|
|Distributed by||United Artists|
|Release dates||June 13, 1980|
|Running time||107 minutes|
Frankie and Patch are friends who take a small-time carnival from town to town, often bribing local authorities to let them stay.
Among their ruses to fleece the rubes is a dunk tank, in which Frankie perches, made up as a clown, and mercilessly heckles the customers. He is a public face of the carny, whereas Patch sticks to running the business behind the scenes.
Into their life comes Donna, a wayward 18-year-old who is bored with her life at home. Donna strikes up a friendship with Frankie and follows the carny on the circuit. She eventually joins the troupe, learning how to con customers and also doing an exotic dance that is more suggestive than lewd.
The dark and brooding Patch persuades others that Donna is capable of much more, implying that she would even consent to prostitute herself to make money for the traveling show, as others clearly have. Donna doesn't go that far, but Frankie does catch her in bed with Patch, straining the relationships of all three.
- Gary Busey as Frankie
- Jodie Foster as Donna
- Robbie Robertson as Patch
- Meg Foster as Gerta
- Kenneth McMillan as Heavy St. John
- Elisha Cook, Jr. as On-Your-Mark
- Tim Thomerson as Doubles
- Theodore Wilson as Nails (as Teddy Wilson)
- John Lehne as Skeet
- Bill McKinney as Marvin Dill
- Bert Remsen as Delno Baptiste
- Woodrow Parfrey as W. C. Hannon
- Alan Braunstein as Willie Mae
- Tina Andrews as Sugaree
- Craig Wasson as Mickey
- Fred Ward as Jamie
Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times said, "Carny is bursting with more information about American carnivals than it can contain, surrounding a plot too thin to support it. ...Inside this movie is a documentary struggling to get out."
- Roger Ebert, "Carny" Review July 22, 1980 http://www.rogerebert.com/reviews/carny-1980
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