The Christian Licorice Store

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The Christian Licorice Store
Directed by James Frawley
Produced by Michael Laughlin
Floyd Mutrux
Written by Floyd Mutrux
Starring Beau Bridges
Music by Lalo Schifrin
Cinematography David L. Butler
Edited by Richard A. Harris
Distributed by National General Pictures
Release date
  • November 1971 (1971-11)
Running time
90 minutes
Country United States
Language English

The Christian Licorice Store is a 1971 film drama directed by James Frawley. It stars Beau Bridges and Maud Adams. The unusual title is based on lyrics from the song "Pleasant Street" by Tim Buckley.


Promising tennis pro Franklin Cane lives in Los Angeles and is mentored by his coach, Jonathan "J.C." Carruthers, who warns him of the perils of success. J.C. advises him to concentrate on his game and not on outside interests, such as a lucrative offer to endorse a hair spray in a TV ad.

Cane takes his advice. He wins a tournament in Houston and has a one-night stand there with a girl, cheating on Cynthia Vicstrom, the photographer he has been seeing. Things are going well for Cane until one day J.C. dies peacefully in his sleep.

A distraught Cane begins going to wild California parties and spending time on Hollywood interests, neglecting Cynthia and his tennis. Cynthia breaks up with him and begins seeing Monroe, a film director who has fallen for her. Cane leaves a party with a girl he's just met, drives down the Pacific Coast Highway at a high rate of speed, then crashes, killing them both. The next time she turns on a TV, Cynthia sees him in a breakfast-drink ad.


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