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Cannery Row -- Novelist John Steinbeck's classic novel is brought to life with stellar performances. Oscar and Golden Globe-nominee Nick Nolte portrays a former baseball player who falls for Debra Winger.


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Release Date:
12 February 1982 (USA) See more »
You don't have to be crazy to live here...but it helps.
Monterey, California in the 1940's. Cannery Row - the section of town where the now closed fish canneries are located... See more » | Add synopsis »
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This film starts slowly, but is well worth watching to the end. See more (50 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Nick Nolte ... Doc

Debra Winger ... Suzy DeSoto

Audra Lindley ... Fauna Flood

Frank McRae ... Hazel

M. Emmet Walsh ... Mack
Tom Mahoney ... Hughie
John Malloy ... Jones

James Keane ... Eddie
Sunshine Parker ... The Seer
Santos Morales ... Joseph and Mary

John Huston ... Narrator (voice)
Ellen Blake ... Wisteria
Sharon Ernster ... Agnes

Kathleen Doyle ... Violet
Mary Margaret Amato ... Lola
Brenda Hillhouse ... Martha
Mariko Tse ... Blossom
Colleen O'Grady ... The Pitcher
Tona Dodd ... Golden Poppy Waitress

Judy Kerr ... Beer Milkshake Waitress
Tom Pletts ... Doctor
William Bronder ... Suzy's Trick

Rosanna DeSoto ... Ellen Sedgewick (as Rosana DiSoto)
Walter Mathews ... Sonny

Art LaFleur ... Doorman
Joshua Lawrence ... Boy
Joe Michael Terry ... Tucker (as Joe Terry)

Carl Ciarfalio ... Tackle
Reid Rondell ... Frat Boy #1

John Meier ... Frat Boy #2
Tim Culbertson ... Frat Boy #3
Scott Wilder ... Frat Boy #4

Gilbert B. Combs ... Frat Boy #5

Christopher Doyle ... Frat Boy #6
Gary McLarty ... Frat Boy #7
Bobby Sargent ... Frat Boy #8
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Anne Lockhart ... Barmaid (uncredited)

Tom Willett ... Bartender (uncredited)

Directed by
David S. Ward 
Writing credits
John Steinbeck (novels "Cannery Row" and "Sweet Thursday")

David S. Ward (written for the screen by)

William Graham  uncredited

Produced by
Kurt Neumann .... associate producer
Michael Phillips .... producer
Original Music by
Jack Nitzsche 
Cinematography by
Sven Nykvist 
Film Editing by
David Bretherton 
Casting by
Jennifer Shull 
Production Design by
Richard Macdonald 
Art Direction by
William F. O'Brien 
Set Decoration by
Mary Swanson  (as Mary Olivia Swanson)
Costume Design by
Ruth Myers 
Makeup Department
Edouard F. Henriques .... makeup artist
Lola 'Skip' McNalley .... hair stylist
Elizabeth Rabe .... additional hair stylist (1982)
Bron Roylance .... makeup artist
Production Management
Kurt Neumann .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Ross Brown .... second assistant director
Jerry Sobul .... first assistant director
Wendy Thompson .... second second assistant director
Art Department
Henry Alberti .... set designer
Joseph Hurley .... illustrator
William Maldonado .... construction coordinator
Margie Stone McShirley .... set designer
Duff Miller .... assistant property master
Gregory Pickrell .... set designer
John Solie .... cover illustrator
Sal Sommatino .... property master
Marjorie Stone .... set designer
John Warnke .... set designer
Sound Department
Jay M. Harding .... sound re-recording mixer
Dale Johnston .... sound effects
Jerry Jost .... sound
Michael J. Kohut .... sound re-recording mixer
Frank M. Reale .... sound re-recording mixer
Norman B. Schwartz .... post-production dialogue
Ken Dufva .... foley artist (uncredited)
Duncan McEwan .... sound recordist (uncredited)
David A. Whittaker .... sound editor (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Peter Albiez .... special effects
Bruce Mattox .... special effects
Andrew Miller .... special effects
Visual Effects by
Matthew Yuricich .... visual effects artist (uncredited)
Bill Cross .... stunts
Ted Duncan .... stunts
Glenn R. Wilder .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Joseph Capshaw .... best boy
Adam Glick .... set lighting technician
Daniel Graff .... special lighting technician
Donald L. Hartley .... dolly grip
Gregg Heschong .... camera operator
Gene Kearney .... key grip
Jud Kehl .... first assistant camera
Gary B. Kibbe .... camera operator
Bruce McBroom .... still photographer
Bob Munoz .... best boy grip
James Plannette .... gaffer
Peter Santoro .... second assistant camera
R. Michael De Chellis .... electrician (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Dan Bronson .... costumer
Editorial Department
Richard G. Haines .... assistant editor
Music Department
Harry V. Lojewski .... music supervisor
Greg Orloff .... assistant scoring mixer
Dennis S. Sands .... score mixer
Curt Sobel .... music editor
Transportation Department
Alan Kaminsky .... picture car coordinator
Randy Peters .... transportation captain
Jim Martell .... transportation coordinator (uncredited)
Other crew
Wendy Atterbury .... script supervisor
Jim Dannaldson .... zoological specialist
Leo Janos .... unit publicist
Kevin King .... payroll accountant
Don Kruger .... location manager
Andrew Miller .... rubber frogs
Robert Ward .... creative consultant
Lou Wills .... choreographer
Dixie Fusillo .... production accountant (uncredited)

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120 min
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Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

The "Cannery Row" of the film and source novel's title is a waterfront street in the New Monterey section of Monterey, California. The Californian coastal town and fishing port street is so called for once being a thriving business center of sardine-canning companies that at the time of the story have had their day and are now in decline. The downturn occurred during when the fishing industry in Monterey Bay went bust during the mid-1950s due to overfishing.See more »
Continuity: When Susie brings the macaroons to Doc, the rattlesnake cage is a few inches below her elbow. In the next shot, the cage is a few inches above her elbow.See more »
[first lines]
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...
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Why is this excellent movie not available on DVD?
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13 out of 17 people found the following review useful.
This film starts slowly, but is well worth watching to the end., 23 January 2004
Author: techspec from Texas

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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