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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
For some reason, screenwriter-director David S. Ward lowered the character's stated I.Q. (181 in the book "Sweet Thursday") for his film by 30 points. An Intelligence Quotient of 170 and above are considered "super-genius" (versus the "genius" I.Q. of 140 and above). Perhaps Ward didn't believe that star Nick Nolte would be believable with such a high I.Q. See more »
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 »
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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The cast of this fine movie have better ensemble chemistry than possibly any cast I can remember. Everyone looks like they belong in their roles.
Whether or not they captured the two books exactly really isn't the point. The movie creates a perfect atmosphere for the events, and Huston's narration actually adds to, rather than detracts from the performances (something I find very rare in narrated films).
Nick Nolte is good in almost anything, and he plays the role of Doc with the patience of a man who really doesn't quite belong where he is, but who has decided to stay, anyway.
I think the finest performance in the film, however, is Frank McRae as Hazel, the childlike giant. He plays the role with a sweetness and earnestness that make the character totally believable. His reaction to being cursed with the Presidency, and his slightly-befuddled researching of the problem of how to get Doc and Suzy back together are priceless.
One more tiny detail that I thought really made the movie, for me: everybody singles out the frog hunt scene as a favorite, and I would agree for the most part. But I prefer the aftermath: the frog currency system and the night of the fight when the whole mob of frogs are accidentally set loose on Cannery Row. After that scene, you can hear frogs peeping away for the rest of the movie.
This is one for the DVD collection, and I agree with the reviewer who lamented the lack of an available soundtrack.
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