Carny (1980)





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In this edgy tale that recalls the moody Nightmare Alley, Gary Busey, Robbie Robertson, and Jodie Foster play three social outcasts who hitch up with a traveling carnival plying its way through the sucker-belt in the rural South. Gary Busey plays Frankie, the nominal hero, who works at the carnival as a bozo in the dunking tank who belittles the patrons trying to dump him in the water. Patch (Robbie Robertson) is another carnival worker, on the outside looking in. When Donna (Jodie Foster), a … More

Rating: R
Genre: Drama, Horror
Directed By: ,
Written By: Phoebe Kaylor, Robert Kaylor, Robbie Robertson, Thomas Baum
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On DVD: Nov 10, 2009
United Artists



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as OnYour-Mark

as Sugaree

as Delno

as Willie Mae

as W.C. Hannon

as Mickey

as Doubles

as Harry the Hat

as Pagan Knight

as Trucker

as Tough #1

as Waitress

as Lesbian Girl

as Ticket Seller

as Eight-Color Girl

as Twin #2

as Georgene

as Old Farmer

as Twin #1

as Jack

as Lesbian #2

as Alligator Skin Man

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Critic Reviews for Carny

All Critics (7) | Top Critics (4)

Full Review… | October 23, 2004
Chicago Sun-Times
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Full Review… | June 11, 2008
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Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
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Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

The ambiance turns out to be much richer than the narrative.

Full Review… | May 7, 2010
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Carny is a tightly structured, atmospherically rich little movie that works.

Full Review… | January 29, 2004
Spirituality and Practice

Audience Reviews for Carny

A moderately entertaining behind-the-scenes carnival film. I didn't much care for the ending though.

Jeff B

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