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Carny (1980)

 -  Drama  -  23 May 1980 (USA)
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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 ... See full summary »

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Frankie
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Donna
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Patch
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Gerta
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Heavy St. John
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On-Your-Mark
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Doubles
Teddy Wilson ...
Nails (as Theodore Wilson)
John Lehne ...
Skeet
Bill McKinney ...
Marvin Dill
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Delno Baptiste
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W. C. Hannon
Alan Braunstein ...
Willie Mae
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Sugaree
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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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After Frankie is dunked by Patch, he is not near the microphone but his voice is still amplified. See more »

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Great cast with strong isolated performances
17 July 2002 | by (Trivandrum, Kerala, India) – See all my reviews

This is not a great movie but it could have been one.

The casting is top notch (I am impressed by Meg Foster with her unforgettable eyes even though her screen time in the movie was insignificant). Jodie Foster is young, attractive and impulsive; so different from the later day mature Jodie Foster, who exudes confidence and intelligence.

Yet the film that starts off like a European film with the lead actor painting his face to play a clown. The sequence readies you for great moments of clowning/tragedy. This never happens. If it does it happens in isolated moments of the film.

The problem lies with the screenplay and direction. You expect cinema of a Istvan Szabo or a Marcel Carne, instead you are dished out disconnected sequences that appeal to you merely due to the rich potential of the performers. Gary Busey's and Robbie Richardson's characters strike you, not Jodie Foster's. They strike you because they added some depth and feeling to their roles. Jodie Foster does not do so in comparison. I liked her in the movie because she looked good, not because of the quality of her performance.

Just imagine if this cast and story were in the hands of Robert Altman or Marcel Carne or Istvan Szabo. We would have had a great film!


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