Cotton Candy (film)

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Cotton Candy
Cotton Candy film cover.jpg
Written by
Directed byRon Howard
Music byJoe Renzetti
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
Producer(s)John Thomas Lenox
CinematographyRobert Jessup
Editor(s)Robert J. Kern Jr.
Running time97 minutes
Production company(s)Major H Productions
Ron Howard Productions
Original networkNBC
Original releaseOctober 26, 1978 (1978-10-26)

Cotton Candy is a 1978 American made-for-television drama film directed by Ron Howard and broadcast on NBC.[1] It is also known as Ron Howard's Cotton Candy.[2]


George Smalley is a high school senior trying to find direction in life. His attempt to land a spot on the varsity football team fails when he is cut from the team. A songwriter in his spare time, he and his pal, Corky Macpherson, recruit other local teens to form a rock band to ultimately perform in the town's Battle of the Bands competition. Together, they recruit a set of brothers who play keyboards and guitar, a former gang member on bass guitar, and most unexpectedly, an extremely talented female drummer. Popular singer and big man on campus Torbin Bequette leads the local rival band, "Rapid Fire" (whose entire repertoire seems to consist of a hard rock version of "I Shot The Sheriff") attempts to undermine them.

Filming locations[edit]

Filming took place in Dallas, Texas, at Lake Highlands High School and at the Town East Mall for the Battle of the Bands event.



  1. ^ SPIN Media LLC (June 2005). SPIN. SPIN Media LLC. pp. 54–. ISSN 0886-3032.
  2. ^ Martin Charles Strong; Brendon Griffin (2008). Lights, camera, sound tracks. Canongate. p. 74. ISBN 978-1-84767-003-8.

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