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Cotton Candy (1978)

A group of high school friends form a rock band.


Ron Howard


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Charles Martin Smith ... George Smalley
Clint Howard ... Corky Macpherson
Leslie King Leslie King ... Brenda Matthews (as Leslie E. King)
Kevin Lee Miller ... Barry Bates
Manuel Padilla Jr. ... Julio Sanchez
Dean Scofield ... Bart Bates (as Dino Scofield)
Mark Wheeler ... Torbin Bequette
Alvy Moore ... Mr. Smalley
Joan Crosby Joan Crosby ... Mrs. Smalley
Rance Howard ... Mr. Bremmercamp
Ray LePere Ray LePere ... Coach Grimes
William H. Burkett William H. Burkett ... Mr. Barton
Connie Hearn Connie Hearn ... Karen (as Connie Hearn)
Jessie Lee Fulton ... Mrs. Kelly
Eugene Lee ... Senior President (as Eugene S. Lee)
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A group of high school friends form a rock band.

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There was a pool scene shot in Dallas, Texas. The child was rising local star, Brad Kimple See more »


References Grand Theft Auto (1977) See more »

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surprisingly mature film making from a remarkably young Ron Howard
2 June 2009 | by subegoSee all my reviews

Look...yes this movie is dated, silly and at times sickeningly sweet, but darn is it ever fun! I was a kid when this was first aired, and not surprisingly just starting out on the bass guitar myself, so ANYTHING that remotely had anything to do with music on television in those dark days before MTV was very welcome. Watching it now, of course, I see how cheesy it was, but I also realized how well it was done. It is easy to look at Ron Howard now and take for granted that he always had talent but who, at that time, could have foreseen how far his career path would have taken him? It is actually quite remarkable to look at this film and see how ambitious it actually was. Not only did he direct the movie to tell an interesting and fun story, but from a technical standpoint, he had to deal with film making situations that demonstrate how much faith the network put in him to pull this off. I am sure that it must have been difficult for him to, not only direct large crowd and concert sequences, but also do it while being nearly the same age as all of the actors themselves. There have been many rock and roll movies made over the years. Some have been great (8 mile, Almost Famous, This is Spinal Tap,) some have been simply good and fun (Rock and Roll High School, Eddie and the Cruisers,) and some have been terrible (You cant Stop the Music, Sgt Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band.) But Cotton Candy is a R-n-R movie that tells a heartfelt story and simply entertains. It is nothing terribly fancy, mind you, but since I don't think that Ron Howard was trying to change the world with this movie, its shortcomings can easily be overlooked when weighed against its fun-factor!

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Release Date:

26 October 1978 (USA) See more »

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Ron Howard's Cotton Candy See more »

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Dallas, Texas, USA See more »

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Major H Productions See more »
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1.33 : 1
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