Candy Mountain (1988)

Candy Mountain


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Movie Info

After promising a rock star he would find a particular guitar-maker to procure his valuable products, a musician takes a road trip in search of the legend. On his way, he meets various people who have--at one time or another-- been involved with the elusive guru. After he finally meets the man, he realizes that there is much more to one's art than financial reward. ~ Kristie Hassen, Rovi

Rating: R
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Directed By: ,
In Theaters:


as Julius Book

as Elmore Silk

as Al Silk

as Cornelia

as Henry

as Lucille

as Lou Sultan

as Musician

as Gas Station Owner

as Couple

as Customs Officer

as Musician's Son

as Maid

as Doctor

as Keith Burns

as Couple

as Gas Station Attendan...

as Buddy Burke

as Van Driver
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Critic Reviews for Candy Mountain

All Critics (8) | Top Critics (4)

In a way, this shaggy-dog hipster road film is Frank's ultimate work -- evoking the end of the road and even the end of Endsville-but he has persevered.

Full Review… | November 5, 2008
Village Voice
Top Critic

Watching Candy Mountain, we're lulled into a mood of uncertain but pleasurable anticipation.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
Top Critic

You get sweeter on Candy with every passing mile.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
Top Critic

Ambling along like a wry, laid-back "Heart of Darkness," this likable and touching film makes good use of Frank's remarkable photographic eye and Wurlitzer's witty, acerbic, and quasi-mystical handling of myth that has served him well in his novels.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Enjoyably weird quintessential road movie.

Full Review… | December 20, 2008
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

This road movie in the spirit of the Beats follows Julius (O'Connor), a struggling musician and James Dean wannabe, who sets out on a mission to track down legendary guitar maker Elmore Silk.

Full Review… | May 24, 2003

Audience Reviews for Candy Mountain


"Candy Mountain" is a shaggy-dog story about an underachieving hipster (Kevin J. O'Connor, sort of a John Mellencamp type) taking a road trip to find a legendary, reclusive guitar-maker. The premise doesn't matter much -- his chance encounters do. Tom Waits, Dr. John, Bulle Ogier, Leon Redbone, Laurie Metcalf, David Johansen, Mary Margaret O'Hara and Rockets Redglare are among the cameos, and where else can you see Arto Lindsay jamming with Joe Strummer? Unfortunately, the climactic meeting with the guitar man is a letdown -- considering the guest stars who turn up earlier, one expects someone epic. Instead, it's just a familiar character actor. Perhaps director Robert Frank (Cocksucker Blues, Pull My Daisy) decided the part called for a trained pro with skills.

The movie's low-budget production values aren't a problem, but it does have that passive, overcast blandness so often found in Canadian film. None of the scenes have any real bite. If the unusual cast doesn't attract you, you'll have no reason to sit through this.

Eric Broome
Eric Broome

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