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Candy Mountain (1987)

R | | Drama | February 1988 (USA)
A struggling musician sets out to find the legendary guitar maker Elmore Silk, with whom he hopes to strike a deal to make himself rich and famous.

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Gunther
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Mario
Arto Lindsay ...
Alston
Mary Margaret O'Hara ...
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Keith Burns
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Tony 'Machine' Krasinski ...
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Susan Kirschner ...
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Emile de Antonio ...
Lou Sultan (as Dee De Antonio)
Jose Soto ...
Musician's Son
Bob Maroff ...
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Rockets Redglare ...
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A struggling musician sets out to find the legendary guitar maker Elmore Silk, with whom he hopes to strike a deal to make himself rich and famous.

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Needs glue.
21 October 2010 | by (Nova Scotia, Canada) – See all my reviews

I've seen a few no-budget films before, but "Candy Mountain" really takes the cake. It feels like it was filmed on weekends and vacations with friends and relatives, and no one was paid anything. That might not be entirely true, but it's the impression I got. I watched the movie for Tom Waits, who doesn't have a big part, but is entertaining. Kevin J. O'Connor is good as Julius. All the various cameos are amusing, surely more so if you have a personal familiarity with the actors/musicians. It's a distinctly Canadian story, even though it hints at originating in the states.

The director, Robert Frank, leaves one with the distinct impression that he doesn't know how to make a compelling movie. It's well-intentioned enough, but lethargic as hell. When Julius wakes up to drag himself through another long day, you start to feel about the same as the viewer. If the photography was better, or maybe the silences had more depth and power, it wouldn't seem so sloppy. The pace is maddeningly slow. I got... a bit out of it, I guess. But it's really just not that great. At best, it convinces you that it's real. As for anything beyond that, well, never mind.


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