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Cannery Row (1982)

PG  |   |  Comedy, Drama  |  12 February 1982 (USA)
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Monterey, California in the 1940's. Cannery Row - the section of town where the now closed fish canneries are located - is inhabited primarily by the down and out, although many would not ... See full summary »

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Doc
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Suzy DeSoto
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Fauna Flood
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Hazel
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Mack
Tom Mahoney ...
Hughie
John Malloy ...
Jones
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Eddie
Sunshine Parker ...
The Seer
Santos Morales ...
Joseph and Mary
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Narrator (voice)
Ellen Blake ...
Wisteria
Sharon Ernster ...
Agnes
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Violet
Mary Margaret Amato ...
Lola
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Monterey, California in the 1940's. Cannery Row - the section of town where the now closed fish canneries are located - is inhabited primarily by the down and out, although many would not move away even if they could. Probably the most upstanding citizen in the area is Doc, a marine biologist who earns a living primarily by collecting and selling marine specimens for research. He is a lost soul who is looking for his place in life. He is running away from his past, one where he is trying to make amends for what he considers a past wrong. But his current life isn't totally satisfying either. He believes that his recent collection of eight baby octopi will help him define that future in conducting research on their behavior. However, he is finding that research is not as easy as he had hoped, and that he is still feeling restless. Into the area comes drifter Suzy DeSoto. She too is a lost soul. With few job skills, she gets a job as what she calls a floozy in the local whorehouse, ... Written by Huggo

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You don't have to be crazy to live here...but it helps.

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John Steinbeck's Cannery Row  »

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The movie was based on not one but two John Steinbeck novels, the picture taking the setting story and its title from Steinbeck's "Cannery Row" and most plot elements from its sequel, "Sweet Thursday". The idea of using two Steinbeck books had been the concept behind the libretto of the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical "Pipe Dream". See more »

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During the "sick or a busted arm" scene in the Golden Poppy between Suzy and Hazel, the number of ketchup bottles with and without caps changes between shots. See more »

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Narrator: [voice over] Cannery Row has never been like anywhere else. For one thing, its people are different. When the town died off, most of them failed to notice. Some say nobody would live here if they didn't have to, but there are some, like The Seer, who wouldn't live anywhere else, even if they could. Of all the people on Cannery Row, Doc is probably the best known. He makes as good a living as he needs by collecting marine animals and selling them to colleges and museums. Over the ...
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References The Wizard of Oz (1939) See more »

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BIG NOISE FROM WINNETKA
Music by Bob Haggart and Ray Bauduc
Lyrics by Gil Rodin and Bob Crosby
Performed by Bob Crosby and the Bobcats
Courtesy of MCA Records
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This film starts slowly, but is well worth watching to the end.
23 January 2004 | by (Texas) – See all my reviews

The first time I saw this movie, I almost walked out of the room (watching on a laser disc), but I decided to stay...and I'm glad I did. The film spends the first half developing the characters, among which are a PHD doing research on "Octopii" (Nick Nolte), a group of "ladies of the night", and a group of "bums". All of this is taking place around an old sardine cannery plant that is no longer in operation.

The movie begins to pick up steam toward the second half and is filled with laughs and giggles. The bums steal the show when they go frog hunting...hoping to sell the frogs to "Doc" so that they can have a party (for Doc). "Hazel" is hilarious and "Mac" (the head bum) has a unique approach to philosophy.

The bottom line is that the movie will make you laugh and has a happy ending. When (if) the movie comes out on DVD, I will buy it for my collection of classics.

PS: The film is narrated throughout, but the narration actually adds to the movie.


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