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Release Date:
23 May 1980 (USA) See more »
Where love is just another sucker's game. See more »
Tired of her dull job as a waitress, Donna decides to join two carnival hustlers and see what life in their field is like. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

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
Elijah Christopher Perry ... Trucker (as Jerry Rushing)
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

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 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)
Bill Barry .... propmaker (uncredited)
John Garr .... propmaker (uncredited)
Mike Humburger .... leadman (uncredited)
Bill Knight .... scenic artist (uncredited)
Dave Margolin .... painter (uncredited)
Fred Polstin .... labor foreman (uncredited)
Phil Posner .... propmaker (uncredited)
Mark Rich .... property master (uncredited)
Robert Scaife .... construction coordinator (uncredited)
Sound Department
Joel Fein .... re-recording mixer
Robert L. Harman .... re-recording mixer
Dale Johnston .... sound effects editor
William B. Kaplan .... sound mixer (as Bill Kaplan)
William L. McCaughey .... 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)
Scott Hubbell .... utility stunts (uncredited)
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
Pat Campe .... second grip (uncredited)
David King .... best boy (uncredited)
Donald A. Morgan .... lamp operator (uncredited)
Ismael Ruiz .... lamp operator (uncredited)
Monty Woodard .... lamp operator (uncredited)
Casting Department
Carol Scott .... local casting
Randee Lynne Jensen .... casting associate (uncredited)
Sharon Nasella .... extras casting (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Michael W. Hoffman .... costumer: men (as Michael Hoffman)
Christine Zamiara .... costumer: women
Editorial Department
Dennis Dolan .... assistant editor
Ken Morrisey .... assistant editor (uncredited)
Location Management
James Rosenfield .... location manager
Music Department
Randall Bramlett .... musician
Henry Brant .... orchestrator
Allison Caine .... vocal effects advisor
Alfred J. Carranza .... assistant music editor
Dr. John .... musician
Angela Morley .... orchestrator
Robbie Robertson .... musician
Ken Runyon .... music editor
Henry Brant .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Terry Collis .... transportation captain
Ken Peterson .... transportation coordinator
Joe Cassese .... transportation (uncredited)
Louis Freerks .... transportation (uncredited)
William Gibson .... transportation (uncredited)
Bob Skogobow .... transportation (uncredited)
Steve Steere .... transportation (uncredited)
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
Debbie Smith .... production coordinator
Dorothea Barlow .... secretary to producer (uncredited)
Irene Brafstein .... welfare teacher (uncredited)
Jan Brown .... production assistant (uncredited)
Jim Gublo .... assistant location auditor (uncredited)
Deborah D. Johnson .... payroll (uncredited)
Renee Neimark .... nurse (uncredited)
Jan Wieringa .... production assistant (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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107 min
Color (Technicolor)
Sound Mix:
Australia:R18+ | Canada:PA (Manitoba) | Canada:R (Nova Scotia/Ontario) | Canada:13+ (Quebec) | Finland:K-16 | Sweden:15 | UK:18 | UK:X | USA:R
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Did You Know?

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 »
Donna:If I had the money for a bus ticket I'd leave right now.See more »
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Referenced in Being John Malkovich (1999)See more »


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14 out of 17 people found the following review useful.
Torcy Love Song of The Night!, 23 October 2004
Author: shepardjessica-1 from United States

Hopefully a cult-classic by now, this '80 beautiful little gem passes muster. Robbie Robertson (who I think produced it) gives a fathomable, realistic performance for a GREAT MUSICIAN, Jodi Foster is wonderful as usual (the main character), and Gary Busey, a couple of years after THE BUDDY HOLLY STORY wipes the floor of the sideshow. A fascinating delving-into slice of "somebody's life" on the road with great supporting characters. An 8 out of 10. Best performance = Gary Busey.

Little-known then, it courses the veins without trapping you into bog-ville for a small flick. Find this one for sure and you won't be disappointed. A jewel!

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