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Candy (1968)

Candy Christian, an innocent high-schooler, encounters numerous colorful characters and humorous sexual situations while attempting to find meaning in life.

Director:

Christian Marquand

Writers:

Buck Henry (screenplay), Terry Southern (novel) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. See more awards »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ewa Aulin ... Candy Christian
Charles Aznavour ... Hunchback Juggler
Marlon Brando ... Grindl
Richard Burton ... MacPhisto
James Coburn ... Dr. A.B. Krankeit
John Huston ... Dr. Arnold Dunlap
Walter Matthau ... Gen. R.A. Smight
Ringo Starr ... Emmanuel
John Astin ... T.M. Christian / Jack Christian
Elsa Martinelli ... Livia
Sugar Ray Robinson Sugar Ray Robinson ... Zero
Anita Pallenberg ... Nurse Bullock
Lea Padovani ... Silvia Fontegliulo
Florinda Bolkan ... Lolita
Marilù Tolo ... Conchita
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Candy Christian is an innocent young girl when she first hears MacPhisto, an alcoholic Welsh poet, talk of love and self-sacrifice. Candy narrowly escapes MacPhisto's attempt to rape her, only to succumb to her father's Mexican gardener, Emmanuel. When her father catches her with the gardener, he banishes her to a trip with his twin brother, Uncle Jack, and Jack's wife Aunt Livia, who are headed for New York City. As Candy makes her way to the airport, Emmanuel's three sisters attack her because she has corrupted their brother. Because of Candy, Emmanuel has now forsaken the priesthood. During the scuffle, Candy's father takes a blow to the head, resulting in a serious head injury. Candy nearly gives in to General R.A. Smight on the plane in exchange for a blood transfusion for her father. In New York City, an ego-maniacal brain surgeon Dr. A.B. Krankeit operates on her father, while Uncle Jack pursues his own operation on Candy. When Candy bashes him with a bedpan, Uncle Jack is put ... Written by alfiehitchie

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Good Grief, It's Candy! See more »


Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Trivia

According to a 1969 issue of "Photoplay", Pia Degermark was the first choice for the title role. Other contenders included Connie Kreski and Sydne Rome. See more »

Quotes

Jack Christian: You should be very proud Cand, this is quite a turnout for your old man... a lot of New York's wealthiest and most respected and, uh, thoroughly depraved citizens are here tonight.
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Connections

Referenced in Listen to Me Marlon (2015) See more »

Soundtracks

Child of the Universe
(Theme song)
Performed by The Byrds
Written by Dave Grusin and Roger McGuinn
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Saved by the music and John Astin
5 April 2004 | by wdmickelSee all my reviews

After seeing Candy again for the first time in 30-plus years, I know why it's best to leave some memories untouched. I don't remember it being as bad then as I feel it is now. Ewa Aulin suits the title role of Candy, young and innocent, yet sensual. However, I'd love to know what the wager was that left the losing stakes to be a role in this film. It is disjointed, dismembered and non-flowing, with no sense from one segment to the next. With a stellar cast of Richard Burton, Walter Matthau, Charles Coburn, Marlon Brando (and Ringo Starr), how could writer Buck Henry go so wrong??? There are two saving graces, though, one being the dual performance of John Astin as Candy's father/uncle and the other being the great soundtrack by various artists, namely the Byrds, Steppenwolf and Dave Grusin. If you have an opportunity to view it without investing a lot of cash, I'd say see it if only for the sake of seeing it. If you're a baby-boomer, beware...the years may be as unkind to your memory as they were to mine!


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Language:

English | Welsh

Release Date:

17 December 1968 (USA) See more »

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Budget:

$3,000,000 (estimated)
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