A teenage boy runs away from home. He joins the circus but finds out that it's not all what it's cracked up to be. But then the boy becomes a witness to a murder, and he must try to stay out of the killer's way.





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Cast overview, first billed only:
Nick Pallas
Byron Gage
Paula Picasso
Albert Paulsen ...
Calvin Levels ...
Jerry Maren ...
Tom Tiny
Patty Maloney ...
Thelma Tiny
Sandra Elaine Allen ...
Joy McConnochie ...
John Edward Allen ...
Richard C. Beard ...
Bob Yerkes ...
Man Without a Face


Nick Pallas is a young runaway determined to make a life for himself in the circus. He quickly meets up with Harry who takes the youngster under his wing. Nick's speciality in the side show is puppeteering and is billed as the "World Youngest Puppeteer". His first day at the circus Red takes him around to meet all of the other side show attractions: midget couple Tom and Thelma Tiny, world's tallest woman Goliatha, sword swallower Excalibur, tattooed lady Paula Picasso, the Man Without a Face, and a few others like the woman with no limbs and some really fat lady. The side show folks are not to associate with the big top folks, and no one associates with the carny. Nick ignores this rule, however, much to the chagrin of the circus manager. He befriends Zaranov, the lion tamer, and falls in love with Graciela one of the main attractions. Things looks great for Nick, but he will soon discover things that aren't all that nice. Written by Ørnås

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The curtain comes down! The crowd goes home! The nightmare begins...


Crime | Drama | Thriller


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Release Date:

4 June 1981 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Mord i manesjen  »

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1.33 : 1
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Filmed in 1978. See more »


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*Not for everyone*
21 April 2002 | by See all my reviews

I became strangely attracted to this movie for a while. The plot outline is already here, a boy joins the circus, blah... But the characters are so funny, even if it's just to laugh at them! And the idea is fun, how much fun it'd be to be in a place like that with people around me like that. It's like a weird dream. Connie Stevens is, kind of sick, as the annoying voice pedophile, hahaha, but really entertaining. Lance Kerwin is so adorable, and seems like such a good little actor. You seem him go through life really, grow up. It's not a horror movie, and I have a feeling that many wouldn't like it. It's really slow, not hardly any action.

If you do see it, rent it with an open mind, it also gets better with more viewings.

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