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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.


Christian Marquand


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




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


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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She's only faithful to the book. See more »


R | See all certifications »

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Did You Know?


Playboy Playmate DeDe Lind was offered the lead role, but turned it down. See more »


Dr. A.B. Krankheit: [standing directly behind Candy while holding her hips] Now bend forward slowly.
Candy Christian: [while bending] Ah-Oooooooooo.
Dr. A.B. Krankheit: I'll tell you when to say Oooo.
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Alternate Versions

The version available to stream from Shout! Factory TV and Amazon Prime Video is much shorter, lasting only 1hr 40min. It has been heavily edited to shorten or remove many of the sexually explicit scenes and nudity, sexually suggestive conversation, and some other foul language. It is missing 24 minutes total from the original 124 minute version. See more »


Referenced in Once Upon a Time... In Hollywood (2019) See more »


Child of the Universe
(Theme song)
Performed by The Byrds
Written by Dave Grusin and Roger McGuinn
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Funny as hell
4 December 2004 | by rnkscorpioSee all my reviews

If you understand this movie,it is very funny.It is really an exaggeration of the way life is.It shows the plight of naive young girl,who encounters men,who want nothing more,than to get into her pants. It makes you have compassion for this girl,and women in general.The situations in this movie happen all the time to women.I call it a sexual Alice in wonderland. So if you have ever sexually violated a minor,you might find this movie offensive.Very cleverly done!This movie can only be understood by intelligent viewers and offers comedy in tradition of the cohen brothers Fargo. The psychedelic music score is way cool.To bad it was in mono.

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English | Welsh

Release Date:

17 December 1968 (USA) See more »

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Box Office


$3,000,000 (estimated)
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1.85 : 1
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