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The Candy Snatchers (1973)

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An abused autistic boy is the sole witness to the kidnapping of a teenage heiress.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ben Piazza ...
Susan Sennett ...
Brad David ...
Vince Martorano ...
Bonnie Boland ...
Jerry Butts ...
Leon Charles ...
Dolores Dorn ...
Phyllis Major ...
Bill Woodard ...
Christopher Trueblood ...
Sean Newton (as Christophe)
Earl Hansen ...
Gun Store Owner
Harry Kronman ...
Deli Owner
John Bill ...


An abused autistic boy is the sole witness to the kidnapping of a teenage heiress.

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Director Guerdon Trueblood and co-star Vince Martorano had been best friends at George Washington University in Virginia and, both being interested in the film industry, had a bet as to who would find success first. Trueblood became an in-demand writer for TV shows and movies-of-the-week, and when he got the job of directing "The Candy Snatchers," asked writer Bryan Gindoff to create the character of Eddy specifically for Martorano, who was working as a commercial fisherman when he was summoned by Trueblood to appear in the film. See more »


Candy: Lots of people aren't criminals.
Eddy: You've got a lot of nerve... Hey, when this is all over, I'm gonna have enough money to buy me a bowling alley!
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Money Is the Root of All Happiness
Music and Lyrics by Steve Singer (as Stephen Singer) and Jay Stewart
Sung by Kerry Chater
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Mindblowing Crime Drama!
24 June 2004 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

It's a shame this film is only available on bootleg VHS and DVD, because it's truly one of the great lost crime films of the '70s. Produced by blaxploitation auteur Arthur Marks, it makes no bones about being a full-bore exploitation movie: rape, dismemberment, murder, drug use and blackmail are all depicted in graphic detail. But these elements are underscored by a smart and bitter screenplay that etches believable characters moving through a plot that twists and turns like a serpent all the way to the deadly, surprising conclusion. Particularly impressive are Vince Martanaro as Eddy, the Vietnam Vet burned by the pointlessness of wage-slave living, and Ben Piazza as Candy's cold-as-diamonds wicked stepfather.

Special Weird Appeal notice goes to Christophe as the mute hero of the tale; his performance must be seen to be believed and puts most child actors to shame; imagine a six-year-old Macauley Culkin on mushrooms and you'll get the picture. The characters move angrily through a world of greed and debauchery, commenting on lost innocence, lost love, loneliness, poverty, wealth and the sticky lure of greed. The bitterly ironic theme song, "Money is the root of all happiness," lays bare the film's intent. The world that Guerdon Trueblood depicts is as bare, cruel and senseless as anything found in a Jim Thompson novel, but is softened by its understanding of human weakness and social injustice.

Each character thrashes in his or her own prison: Eddy, struggling with his desire to do the right thing and his craving for solvency; young Sean, trapped by abusive, selfish parents; Candy, bound and gagged in a shallow grave; her stepfather biding his time in a loveless marriage. Each of them seeks their own kind of freedom in a callous world where the fates are always against us. It's an epic human struggle, one that is well-suited for the screen, and The Candy Snatchers does it justice in its own small way.

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