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June 1973 (USA) See more »
It started as such a simple crime. For 16 year old Candy, dying would have been easier! Was a piece of Candy worth a fortune in diamonds? See more »
An abused autistic boy is the sole witness to the kidnapping of a teenage heiress. | Add synopsis »
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Tiffany Bolling ... Jessie

Ben Piazza ... Avery

Susan Sennett ... Candy

Brad David ... Alan

Vince Martorano ... Eddy
Bonnie Boland ... Audrey
Jerry Butts ... Dudley
Leon Charles ... Boss

Dolores Dorn ... Katherine
Phyllis Major ... Lisa
Bill Woodard ... Charlie
Christopher Trueblood ... Sean Newton (as Christophe)
Earl Hansen ... Gun Store Owner
Harry Kronman ... Deli Owner
John Bill ... Policeman

James Whitworth ... Phone Man
Howard Shoup ... Jewelry Store Salesman
Rosella Kronman ... Boss' Wife
Alan DeWitt ... Priest
Diana Vaughan Read ... Nun

Directed by
Guerdon Trueblood 
Writing credits
Bryan Gindoff (written by)

Produced by
Gary Adelman .... associate producer
Bryan Gindoff .... producer
Robert Misrach .... executive producer
Original Music by
Robert Drasnin 
Cinematography by
Robert Maxwell (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Richard Greer 
Makeup Department
Melanie Levitt .... makeup artist
Lola Waychus .... assistant makeup artist
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Bruce Henstell .... assistant director
Steve Singer .... second assistant director (as Stephen Singer)
Art Department
Charles Posner .... property master
Sound Department
Richard S. Brummer .... sound effects editor (as Richard Brummer)
Kenneth Isley .... boom operator
James M. Tanenbaum .... production sound mixer (as James Tanenbaum)
Special Effects by
James M. Tanenbaum .... special effects (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Ron Batzdorff .... assistant camera (as Ronald Batzdorff)
Frank Dell .... best boy
Ken Gibb .... camera operator: second unit (as Kenneth Gibb)
Ken Gibb .... gaffer (as Kenneth Gibb)
Mike Lamb .... key grip (as Michael Lamb)
Beau Marks .... still photographer
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Anna-Marie Trueblood .... costumer
Other crew
Mary Bartelt .... production secretary
Beach Dickerson .... assistant to producer (as Charles Beach Dickerson)
Don Gottlieb .... presenter
Marc Grossman .... production assistant
Arthur Marks .... presenter
Sharon Ridgeway .... script supervisor
Robert Stitzel .... production assistant

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94 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Australia:R18+ | Canada:18A (Manitoba) | Canada:R (Nova Scotia/Ontario) | Canada:13+ (Quebec) | New Zealand:R18 | UK:Rejected | USA:R

Did You Know?

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 »
Eddy:Take it easy, baby! You're just bein' kidnapped.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Adjust Your Tracking (2013)See more »
Money Is the Root of All HappinessSee more »


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8 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
Sets the standard for the grindhouse, 9 May 2007
Author: TheMarquisDeSuave from Worcester, MA

Many exploitation films promised a lot but failed to deliver. Not "The Candy Snatchers". This is as politically incorrect, sleazy, and entertaining as one expects their exploitation films to be. It really sets the standards for other grindhouse films to follow. Also, this is one of those rare exploitation films thats actually competently made! What more could you ask for? Flashy editing? Get outta here!

There are several aspects to this production that impressed me. First off, the direction by Guerdon Trueblood is very quickly paced, leaving out any filler. Its a shame this was his only picture. Also, the film ultimately comes across as a very dark and pessimistic comedy. However, whereas the comedy sequences and occasionally light-hearted tone in "Last House on the Left" diluted its original impact, the addition of humor to "The Candy Snatchers" just makes it all the more disturbing. Also, the addition of an autistic character in the 70s was a daring move, whether or not its simply a plot device.

What makes "The Candy Snatchers" stand out for me above all though is the dark world view. Absolutely none of the adult characters are likable, and the sleaziness in everyone is apparent. All of the finest grindhouse films should contain this, and its in spades in this one. Plus, Tiffany Bolling is a total hottie (and a decent actress to boot). For fans of vintage cult cinema, "The Candy Snatchers" comes with my strongest recommendation. (8/10)

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