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Cannery Row (1982)

Monterey, California in the 1940's. Cannery Row - the section of town where the now closed fish canneries are located - is inhabited primarily by the down and out, although many would not ... See full summary »

Director:

David S. Ward

Writers:

John Steinbeck (novels), David S. Ward (written for the screen by)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Nick Nolte ... Doc
Debra Winger ... Suzy DeSoto
Audra Lindley ... Fauna Flood
Frank McRae ... Hazel
M. Emmet Walsh ... Mack
Tom Mahoney Tom Mahoney ... Hughie
John Malloy John Malloy ... Jones
James Keane ... Eddie
Sunshine Parker ... The Seer
Santos Morales Santos Morales ... Joseph and Mary
John Huston ... Narrator (voice)
Ellen Blake Ellen Blake ... Wisteria
Sharon Ernster Sharon Ernster ... Agnes
Kathleen Doyle ... Violet
Mary Margaret Amato ... Lola
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Storyline

Monterey, California in the 1940's. Cannery Row - the section of town where the now closed fish canneries are located - is inhabited primarily by the down and out, although many would not move away even if they could. Probably the most upstanding citizen in the area is Doc, a marine biologist who earns a living primarily by collecting and selling marine specimens for research. He is a lost soul who is looking for his place in life. He is running away from his past, one where he is trying to make amends for what he considers a past wrong. But his current life isn't totally satisfying either. He believes that his recent collection of eight baby octopi will help him define that future in conducting research on their behavior. However, he is finding that research is not as easy as he had hoped, and that he is still feeling restless. Into the area comes drifter Suzy DeSoto. She too is a lost soul. With few job skills, she gets a job as what she calls a floozy in the local whorehouse, ... Written by Huggo

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Taglines:

You don't have to be crazy to live here...but it helps.

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 February 1982 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

John Steinbeck's Cannery Row See more »

Filming Locations:

Monterey, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$11,300,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,500,000, 15 February 1982, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$5,301,539
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Star Nick Nolte told "The Rolling Stone" during production that he was a fan of John Steinbeck's work. He also admitted to having to wear a girdle to flatten his stomach. In the interview, Nolte called the girdle a "Richard Dreyfuss special". See more »

Goofs

When Susie brings the macaroons to Doc, the rattlesnake cage is a few inches below her elbow. In the next shot, the cage is a few inches above her elbow. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Narrator: [voice over] Cannery Row has never been like anywhere else. For one thing, its people are different. When the town died off, most of them failed to notice. Some say nobody would live here if they didn't have to, but there are some, like The Seer, who wouldn't live anywhere else, even if they could. Of all the people on Cannery Row, Doc is probably the best known. He makes as good a living as he needs by collecting marine animals and selling them to colleges and museums. Over the ...
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Connections

References The Wizard of Oz (1939) See more »

Soundtracks

Brandenburg Concerto #6, 1st Movement (Allegro Moderato)
Written by Johann Sebastian Bach (as J.S. Bach)
Background music during Doc's marine specimen collection scenes in La Jolla, CA
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Greatly underrated masterpiece
1 August 2006 | by mfvaughnSee all my reviews

When this film was released, it was under-marketed and for studio-based political reasons, all but buried. Additionally, some critics tried to frame it as a failed attempt at "art-house" cinema. However, this simply is one of the best films ever made of a Steinbeck work, and one of the best films of the 1980s. Poignant, masterfully photographed, funny and sweet, brilliantly acted and directed, it is a must see for anyone who loathes mainstream American film making and yearns for literate cinema. Nolte is at his best, acting with a magnificent range. Winger is perfect as Suzy. The adaptation of Steinbeck's "Sweet Thursday" is spot on. The ensemble acting of the tramps led by one of the greatest character actors of all time, M. Emmett Walsh and Frank McRae and the soundtrack including Doctor John's piano stylings, make this a film of metaphor and wonderful enchantment. If you haven't seen this film, turn off your phone, light a fire, and settle in for the ride of your life, emotionally and artistically.


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