In a small town in rural Kansas, a troubled veteran attempts to restore an old merry-go-round ride.

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Jess's daughter
Michael Greene ...
Mike the garageman
Arnold Herzstein ...
Old Storekeeper
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Cop
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Wrecking Yard Man
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Colonel
Rick Van Ness ...
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Jake (as Dan Haggarty)
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In a small town in rural Kansas, a troubled veteran attempts to restore an old merry-go-round ride.

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There's a dark horse in the American Dream.

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Filming began in 1973 and continued intermittently over the years, owing to a combination of financial problems and David Carradine's taking other acting jobs to help pay for it. It was finally completed and released in 1983. See more »

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Let Me Take You Around
Written by David Carradine
Sung by Calista Carradine and David Carradine
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Haunting film
19 June 2005 | by (las vegas, nv) – See all my reviews

A personal project for David Carradine playing a loner Vietnam veteran (is there any other kind these days?) who drifts into a quiet town, befriending a pretty flower-child and coming upon a dilapidated carousel on the city's outskirts. Carradine's obsession with the merry-go-round is steeped in the hypothetical, but we can appreciate his mysterious drive, as can Barbara Hershey as his girl (she was Carradine's real-life girl when much of the film was shot in 1973). It's a semi-remake (or retread) of Akira Kurosawa's "Ikiru" from 1952, and the troubled final result went through a number of title changes (I believe at one time it was called "Butterfly"). The cinematography is quite good, with deep reds and dusty browns, and Carradine's monosyllabic anti-hero--while familiar--is still quite interesting. ** from ****


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