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23 May 1980 (USA) See more »
Where love is just another sucker's game. See more »
A carnival comes to a small town. Eighteen year old Donna meets Frankie and Patch, two carnival hustlers... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Gary Busey ... Frankie

Jodie Foster ... Donna

Robbie Robertson ... Patch

Meg Foster ... Gerta

Kenneth McMillan ... Heavy St. John

Elisha Cook Jr. ... On-Your-Mark

Tim Thomerson ... Doubles
Teddy Wilson ... Nails (as Theodore Wilson)
John Lehne ... Skeet
Bill McKinney ... Marvin Dill

Bert Remsen ... Delno Baptiste

Woodrow Parfrey ... W. C. Hannon
Alan Braunstein ... Willie Mae

Tina Andrews ... Sugaree

Craig Wasson ... Mickey
Jordan Cael ... Flame
John Cassidy ... Harry the Hat (as John 'Doc' Cassidy)
Margaret Jo Lee ... Pagan Knight
William S. Bartman ... Hi-Striker
Terry Beaver ... Trucker
Dani Dembrosky ... Skinny
Robert Douqui ... Jerry
George Emerson ... Fat Man
Bob Hannah ... Tough #1
Cathi Harrer ... Cheryl
Anita Haynes ... Waitress
Nancy Hazeltine ... Lesbian Girl
Robert Kent ... Cook
Jack Howard Kitchens Jr. ... Tough #3
Charles Christian Levy Sr. ... Tough #2
Virginia Logan ... Ticket Seller
Jerry Lyles ... Mark
Noelle Massina ... Noelle
Nomi Mitty ... Eight Color Girl
Sirl Myhand ... Carny
Greg Oliver ... Cop
Randal Patrick ... Mark (as Randy Patrick)
Tony C. Petrea ... Tough #5
Jeannie Rapp ... Twin #2
Jerry Rushing ... Trucker
Mary Siceloff ... Georgene
Albert Smith ... Old Farmer
Trisha Tiedemann ... Trish
Janet Thomas ... Twin #1

Fred Ward ... Jack
Janet Wieringa ... Lesbian #2
E. Devan Young ... Tough #4
Emmett Bejano ... Alligator Skin Man
Percilla Bejano ... Monkey Girl
Elaina Doucet ... Anatomical Contortionist
Jimmy Rapp ... Anatomical Contortionist and Sword Swallower
Johann Petursson ... Giant (as Johann Peterson)
Pete Terhune ... Fire Eater Dwarf and Iron Tongue Act
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Directed by
Robert Kaylor 
Writing credits
Phoebe Kaylor (story) and
Robert Kaylor (story) (as Robbie Kaylor) and
Robbie Robertson (story)

Thomas Baum (screenplay)

Produced by
Robbie Robertson .... producer
Jonathan T. Taplin .... executive producer (as Jonathan Taplin)
Original Music by
Alex North 
Cinematography by
Harry Stradling Jr. 
Film Editing by
Stuart H. Pappé  (as Stuart Pappé)
Casting by
Irene Mariano 
Barbara Miller 
Production Design by
William J. Cassidy 
Art Direction by
Josan F. Russo 
Set Decoration by
Ray Molyneaux 
Charles B. Pierce  (as Charles R. Pierce)
Makeup Department
Colleen Callaghan .... hair stylist
Guy Del Russo .... makeup artist
Charlotte Harvey .... hair stylist
Charlene Roberson .... makeup artist
Production Management
Richard Hashimoto .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Garth Craven .... second unit director
Nick Marck .... second assistant director
Bill Scott .... assistant director (as William Scott)
Art Department
Edward Aiona .... property master (as Eddie Aiona)
C.P. 'Cass' Quitan .... assistant property master (as Cassius Quitan)
Dave Margolin .... painter (uncredited)
Mark Rich .... property master (uncredited)
Sound Department
Joel Fein .... sound re-recording mixer
Robert L. Harman .... sound re-recording mixer
Dale Johnston .... sound effects editor
William B. Kaplan .... sound mixer (as Bill Kaplan)
William L. McCaughey .... sound re-recording mixer
Earl Sampson .... boom operator
Duncan McEwan .... sound loader (uncredited)
David A. Whittaker .... assistant sound editor (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Arthur Brewer .... special effects
Adams Calvert .... special effects
William Knapp .... special effects
Pamela Bebermeyer .... stunts (as Pam Bebermeyer)
Steve Boyum .... stunts
Steve M. Davison .... stunts (as Steve Davison)
David R. Ellis .... stunt coordinator (as David Ellis)
Freddie Hice .... stunts
Buddy Joe Hooker .... stunts
Ed Lang .... stunts
Cisco Valderrama .... stunts (as J. 'Cisco' Valderama)
Camera and Electrical Department
Joreen Bouillet .... still photographer (as Jo Reen Bouillet)
Armando Contreras .... dolly grip
Ralph Gerling .... camera operator
Henry Harrison .... assistant camera
Maureen Lambray .... special photography
Robert Libby .... assistant camera
Tom May .... key grip
Richard Craig Meinardus .... assistant camera (as Dick Meinardus)
Clifford H. Poland Jr. .... assistant camera (as Cliff Poland)
Doyle Smith .... assistant camera
Stephen Wever .... still photographer (as Steve Wever)
Jack Wilson .... gaffer
Casting Department
Carol Scott .... local casting
Randee Lynne Jensen .... casting associate (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Michael W. Hoffman .... costumer: men (as Michael Hoffman)
Christine Zamiara .... costumer: women
Editorial Department
Dennis Dolan .... assistant editor
Music Department
Henry Brant .... orchestrator
Allison Caine .... vocal effects advisor
Alfred J. Carranza .... assistant music editor
Ken Runyon .... music editor
Henry Brant .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
Angela Morley .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Terry Collis .... transportation captain
Ken Peterson .... transportation coordinator
Other crew
Vicki Arthur .... unit publicist (as Victoria Arthur)
Joanie Blum .... script supervisor
Carol Croft .... strip choreographer
Dani Dembrosky .... technical advisor
Richard Dixon .... auditor (as Dick Dixon)
Wayne Fitzgerald .... title designer
Deborah D. Johnson .... assistant production accountant
Sly Lovegren .... assistant to producer
Jamie Rosenfield .... location manager
Debbie Smith .... production coordinator
Crew believed to be complete

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107 min
Color (Technicolor)
Sound Mix:
Australia:R | Canada:PA (Manitoba) | Canada:R (Nova Scotia/Ontario) | Canada:13+ (Quebec) | Finland:K-16 | Sweden:15 | UK:18 | USA:R
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Continuity: While Mickey is at the roulette joint, Doubles is seen ringing a bell while wearing a tan plaid shirt. The audio of the bell ringing and Doubles' line "I tell ya, the boy has me in a corner" carries over to a shot of Mickey. When the shot switches back to Doubles a few seconds later, his tan plaid shirt has suddenly changed to a solid dark shirt with a denim jacket over it.See more »
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9 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
The Last Waltz meets Paper Moon, 20 April 2005
Author: karmacoupe from New York, Toronto

I saw this in the theater in winter/spring on 1980 -- haven't seen it since (geez, 25 years!) until these showings on the Canadian movie station. a lot more risqué than i remembered it!

it's sure captivating,engrossing, hypnotic, alluring, inviting. jodie's in her young hottie period, and robbie's the eye candy for the girls. he's sort of playing a sequel to The Last Waltz's "it's a god-damn impossible way of life." busey's fabulously enraged and possessed -- pre-wacko period. the music and soundtrack is superb. and GREAT casting. Fred Ward's a great surprise! never seen him give a bad performance.

seems like the most real circus movie i've even. i remember these traveling ferris-wheel freak-show ball-toss circus from my childhood, and it looks exactly as i remember it. (also, Movie Connection! this real traveling midwestern circus is captured briefly in Festival Express, a documentary about a 1970 train trip across Canada with Janis Joplin as Jodie Foster, Rick Danko as Gary Busey, and Robbie Robertson in his other role as a band-leader! :-) i'm certainly not bothered by the "lack of a plot" or whatever people seem to complain about -- a lot of my favorite art is not plot driven. say, Catcher in The Rye, for another young runaway story.

Pull a string! Enjoy the ride!

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