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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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  (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
Color (Metrocolor)
Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

This film was made and released about thirty-seven years after John Steinbeck's "Cannery Row" novel was first published in 1945 and twenty-eight years after Steinbeck's "Sweet Thursday" novel was first published in 1954.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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Movie Connections:
Referenced in The Illustrated Man with John Solie (2011) (V)See more »


Why is this excellent movie not available on DVD?
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6 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
Cannery Row- thoroughly enjoyable, 17 September 2005
Author: abacussk from California

Even after 23 years I still have the newspaper ad for this movie on my bulletin board. "You don't have to be crazy to live here, but it helps." I love this movie. Of course, it pairs my two favorites, Nick Nolte and Debra Winger. It has the feel of an old time movie, or surreal, as another person commented. The characters are wacky and lovable and the dance scene and the frog hunt are unforgettable. The narration by John Huston is perfect.

Watching Cannery Row is a relaxing, enjoyable way to spend an evening. And I have used Doc's speech to Hazel at least twice -the one about paying for breaking something.

I don't think it is meant to be the retelling of Steinbeck's novel. I read both Cannery Row and Sweet Thursday ....and preferred the movie!!

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