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A poet falls in love with an art student who gravitates to his bohemian lifestyle -- and his love of heroin. Hooked as much on one another as they are on the drug, their relationship alternates between states of oblivion, self-destruction, and despair.

Director:

Neil Armfield

Writers:

Luke Davies (novel), Neil Armfield (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Abbie Cornish ... Candy
Heath Ledger ... Dan
Geoffrey Rush ... Casper
Tom Budge ... Schumann
Roberto Meza Mont Roberto Meza Mont ... Jorge
Tony Martin ... Mr. Wyatt
Noni Hazlehurst ... Mrs. Wyatt
Holly Austin Holly Austin ... Sunglasses Shop Assistant
Craig Moraghan Craig Moraghan ... Washing Machine Dealer
John Lee John Lee ... Hock Shop Man
Noel Herriman Noel Herriman ... Celebrant
Tim McKenzie Tim McKenzie ... Uncle Rod
Tara Morice ... Aunt Katherine
Maddi Newling Maddi Newling ... Janey
Patricia Lemon Patricia Lemon ... Wedding Guest
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Storyline

This story is a narration from an Australian man who falls in love with two kinds of Candy: a woman of the same name and heroin. The narrator changes from a smart-aleck to someone trying to find a vein to inject, while Candy changes from an actress, call girl, streetwalker, and then a madwoman. Starting in Sydney, the two eventually end up in Melbourne to go clean, but they fail. This leads them to turn to finding money and heroin, while other posessions and attachments become unimportant. Written by Godiva4862

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Taglines:

Candy Is Dandy But Sex Won't Rot Your Teeth. See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for pervasive depiction of drug addiction, disturbing images, language, sexual content and nudity | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

Australia

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 May 2006 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

Candy - Reise der Engel See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$202,744 (Australia), 26 May 2006, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,646, 19 November 2006, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$44,720, 4 February 2007
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(uncut)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Heath Ledger was the director's only choice for the role of Dan. See more »

Goofs

The trailer for "Candy" has the following caption: "When love breaks all boundries." This is a misspelling of "boundaries." See more »

Quotes

Dan: They say for every ten years you've been a junkie, you'll have spent seven of them waiting. On the one hand it was nice having all that time to think. On the other, anxiety was a full time job.
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Connections

Features The Mirror (1975) See more »

Soundtracks

Ave Vernum Corpus (KV 618)
Written by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (as W.A.Mozart)
Performed by Sydney Philharmonia Choir & Sydney Symphony Orchestra
Conducted by Stuart Challender
Used by arrangement with ABC Classics
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Accurate, intimate and very watchable
21 July 2006 | by slake09See all my reviews

You could write this off as another story about addiction and the destruction resulting from it, but there's more here. The love story between Ledger and Cornish is a constant throughout, with a great line on how their addiction affects not only their own relationship, but their relationships with others: parents, friends, acquaintances.

Abby Cornish is especially good as the art girl turned junkie prostitute; her fall into addiction and the changes it makes in her life are much more effective than Ledger's portrayal of a junkie in love.

The parents in the movie are excellent, from subtle facial expressions to drag-out fights with their dope fiend daughter. They act much as you would expect parents to act, or at least hope they would act.

The ending dropped the ball a little, but maybe they ran out of budget. In any case, I would watch it again. It's realistic, gritty, romantic and a good case study of how drugs can ruin the most intense love.


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