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Carny (1980)

R | | Drama | 23 May 1980 (USA)
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Tired of her dull job as a waitress, Donna decides to join two carnival hustlers and see what life in their field is like.

Director:

Robert Kaylor

Writers:

Phoebe Kaylor (story), Robert Kaylor (story) (as Robbie Kaylor) | 2 more credits »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Gary Busey ... Frankie
Jodie Foster ... Donna
Robbie Robertson ... Patch
Meg Foster ... Gerta
Kenneth McMillan ... Heavy St. John
Elisha Cook Jr. ... On-Your-Mark
Tim Thomerson ... Doubles
Teddy Wilson ... Nails (as Theodore Wilson)
John Lehne John Lehne ... Skeet
Bill McKinney ... Marvin Dill
Bert Remsen ... Delno Baptiste
Woodrow Parfrey ... W. C. Hannon
Alan H. Braunstein Alan H. Braunstein ... Willie Mae (as Alan Braunstein)
Tina Andrews ... Sugaree
Craig Wasson ... Mickey
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Storyline

A carnival comes to a small town. Eighteen year old Donna meets Frankie and Patch, two carnival hustlers. They earn their living by mercilessly taunting spectators to try to dump one of them into the water by throwing balls. Donna is tired of her work as a waitress and follows them through the South. Written by Mattias Thuresson

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Taglines:

When you're young and going nowhere... the Carny looks like a good way out. See more »

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 May 1980 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Feira Ambulante See more »

Filming Locations:

Savannah, Georgia, USA

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Box Office

Budget:

$5,500,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$1,817,720, 31 December 1980
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Lorimar Productions See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Director Robert Kaylor originally wanted to make a smaller film starring Harvey Keitel and Robert Mitchum. See more »

Goofs

In the truck stop, Donna says, "Money walks, BS talks". This is backwards, though not sure if it may be intentional or not. See more »

Quotes

Donna: If I had the money for a bus ticket I'd leave right now.
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Connections

Referenced in Siskel & Ebert: Guilty Pleasures - 1987 (1987) See more »

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An overlooked gem that will appeal to fans of 1970s drama.
24 May 2003 | by InfofreakSee all my reviews

I have been trying to see 'Carny' for quite some time, and I finally stumbled across an old video tape of it. I don't know if it is now available on DVD, but if not, it should be. It was released at the beginning of the 1980s but is very much a 1970s movie, and fans of that decade will appreciate it. It's very low key and character driven, and nothing all that much happens, but the acting is strong from the three leads - Gary Busey, who has been wasted in bad movies for many years, Jodie Foster in the transitional period from child to adult star, and the biggest surprise of all Robbie Robertson, guitarist and main songwriter with legendary rock'n'rollers The Band. On top of that the supporting cast features an incredible array of character actors that's hard to beat - Elisha Cook Jr, Tim Thomerson, Kenneth McMillan, Meg Foster, Tim Thomerson, Bill McKinney, Bert Remsen, Fred Ward, Woodrow Parfrey and Craig Wasson, the star of Brian De Palma's 'Body Double', just to name the most obvious ones. 'Carny' is an overlooked gem, and deserves some more attention. I really enjoyed it.


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