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The Making of 'Cannery Row' (1982)

Video  -  Documentary | Short  -  1982 (USA)
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This 'making of' documentary's subject is the movie Cannery Row (1982), the title which was immortalized in the John Steinbeck novel of the same name, it being the source material. It tells... See full summary »

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This 'making of' documentary's subject is the movie Cannery Row (1982), the title which was immortalized in the John Steinbeck novel of the same name, it being the source material. It tells the story of Doc, an ex-baseball player turned marine biologist, played by Nick Nolte, who falls in love with Suzy, a drifter and novice hooker, played by Debra Winger. The two characters share a common loneliness, which one understands, and the other tries not to. The success of the movie is largely dependent upon the chemistry between its two leads. Nolte and Winger are required to act with snakes and learn to jitterbug for their roles. Director David S. Ward was intrigued by the novel, which he considers atypical to other Steinbeck works. He sees it as a love story between two mismatched people who don't let that stand in the way of a happy ending. The movie re-teams him with his The Sting (1973) producer, Michael Phillips. Written by Huggo

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27 November 2013 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

The Hollywood short never quite died. Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer continued to make them well after the death of the movie program, usually in the form of one-reel "Making of..." movies ... glorified, extra-length trailers for their more notable productions.

That's what we have here. As the movie CANNERY ROW was based on John Steinbeck's novel of the same name, this was a prestige production... and a little hard to get the same people to come in who were reviving movie production with the summer blockbusters that had begun with JAWS in 1975. How to convince the teenagers that they wanted to see movies about poor people who smelled of fish back when their grandparents were getting married? It didn't work. The kids stayed away in droves.


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