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Candy (2006)

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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.


Neil Armfield


Luke Davies (novel), Neil Armfield (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Abbie Cornish ... Candy
Heath Ledger ... Dan
Geoffrey Rush ... Casper
Tom Budge ... Schumann
Roberto Meza Mont ... Jorge
Tony Martin ... Mr. Wyatt
Noni Hazlehurst ... Mrs. Wyatt
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


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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Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Did You Know?


The man who gives Dan and Candy the milk cartons is Luke Davies, the author of the novel "Candy" the movie is based on. See more »


When the bank teller is counting out the money, the notes aren't in any kind of order. In reality notes would be counted from the highest note down to the lowest. See more »


Dan: The future was a thing that gleamed, the present was so very very good...
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Performed by Soul Coughing
Courtesy of Warner Music Australia & Warner/Chappell Music Australia
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Bittersweet romance under the shadow of smack
5 December 2006 | by maxmillion99See all my reviews

Saw Candy - wonderful performances from a marvellous cast. Beautifully shot etc. One thing did strike me as being strange -- the casting of Noni Hazlehurst as the Mum who harangues her daughter and fails to comprehend her choices. This actress is well-known (in Oz, anyway) for her brilliant portrayal twenty years ago as a junkie in "Monkey Grip". So, casting her in this diametrically opposed role did not serve the movie well *at all* I found it so distracting, and completely at odds with the purpose of the casting, that it did my head in!

Another quibble -- a truly hilarious scene from the novel, where Dan tries to rob a bank, was not in the movie. Too bad. Armfield also changed what happened to Geoffrey Rush's character, which was interesting to observe. In the movie he gives him a much more poetic trajectory.

Otherwise Candy is an excellent druggy pic and love story and definitely worth seeing if you don't remember Christiane F etc

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Release Date:

25 May 2006 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,646, 19 November 2006

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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