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Carny (1980)

R | | Drama | 23 May 1980 (USA)
Tired of her dull job as a waitress, Donna decides to join two carnival hustlers and see what life in their field is like.

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Heavy St. John
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On-Your-Mark
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Nails (as Theodore Wilson)
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Marvin Dill
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Delno Baptiste
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Willie Mae
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Mickey
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A carnival comes to a small town. Eighteen year old Donna meets Frankie and Patch, two carnival hustlers. They earn their living by mercilessly taunting spectators to try to dump one of them into the water by throwing balls. Donna is tired of her work as a waitress and follows them through the South. Written by Mattias Thuresson

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When you're young and going nowhere... the Carny looks like a good way out. See more »

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23 May 1980 (USA)  »

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A Feira Ambulante  »

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$5,500,000 (estimated)
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Director Robert Kaylor originally wanted to make a smaller film starring Harvey Keitel and Robert Mitchum. See more »

Goofs

After Frankie is dunked by Patch, he is not near the microphone but his voice is still amplified. See more »

Quotes

Donna: If I had the money for a bus ticket I'd leave right now.
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Referenced in Mermaid Chronicles Part 1: She Creature (2001) See more »

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Interesting sleeper
2 June 2002 | by (Boulder, Colorado) – See all my reviews

This is a really good entertaining movie. This is a dark comedy/drama that looks great on the screen. Not the average fare. Great cast with good acting and direction. Pretty bizarre and a good role for Jodie Foster. A real sleeper worth viewing.


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