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Candy (1968)

Candy, 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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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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Storyline

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 a General Smight on the plane in exchange for a blood transfusion for her father. In New York, an ego-maniacal brain surgeon Dr. 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 in her ... Written by alfiehitchie

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Taglines:

Good Grief, It's Candy! See more »


Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Country:

Italy | France | USA

Language:

English | Welsh

Release Date:

17 December 1968 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Candy - hun er så fræk See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$3,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$16,408,286, 31 December 1969
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

In the documentary Listen to Me Marlon (2015), Marlon Brando called this film "the worst movie I ever made in my life." See more »

Quotes

Charlie the cop: [the Hunchback juggler has just disappeared through a painting] Just one of those old, stereo-realists tricks, Sarge.
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Connections

Featured in Bitter Sweet with Buck Henry (2016) See more »

Soundtracks

Child of the Universe
(Theme song)
Performed by The Byrds
Written by Dave Grusin and Roger McGuinn
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This film needs more consideration than it has been accorded.
8 August 2000 | by magic013See all my reviews

I saw this film over the weekend on Showtime for the first time since I saw it in 1969. My memories of the film were sketchy and after it was over, I logged on here to find serious discussion of it so I could interpret some of the symbolism in the movie. What I found instead was inadequate discussion of what was good about the movie. Admittedly, it was over the top in a way that was typical of "alternative" movies in the late 60s, but there were some very interesting points that most people seem to overlook. Also open for dismissal seems to be the final sequence in the film where Candy walks through a field and passes each person she encountered during the movie. At the beginning of this sequence, she is wearing a pristine white sheet as a toga, but by the end of the stroll her sheet is covered in an ornate flower design. Almost throwaway bits during the stroll include Walter Matthau's army general as Don Quixote, the "Fountain of Youth" injections being given by James Coburn and John Astin's two characters being revealed as two aspects of the same. This movie seems quite capable of generating some serious discussion other than the obvious attack on its excesses and the vapid acting of the lead actress.


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