Cannery Row (1982) - Rotten Tomatoes

Cannery Row (1982)




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An ex-baseball player becomes a marine biologist and lives along the Monterey coast during the '40s while carrying on a relationship with an aimless prostitute. This drama, starring Nick Nolte and Debra Winger, is based on Cannery Row and Sweet Thursday by John Steinbeck.more
Rating: PG
Genre: Drama, Romance, Classics, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: David S. Ward
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jan 27, 2009


Debra Winger
as Suzy DeSoto
Santos Morales
as Joseph and Mary
Ellen Blake
as Wisteria
Mariko Tse
as Blossom
Tona Dodd
as Waitress
Judy Kerr
as Waitress Serving Bee...
William Bronder
as Suzy's Customer
Rosana DiSota
as Ellen Sedgewick
Tom Pletts
as Doctor
John Huston
as Narrator
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Critic Reviews for Cannery Row

All Critics (10) | Top Critics (5)

Full Review… | October 23, 2004
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

Full Review… | October 18, 2008
Top Critic

Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Full Review… | August 30, 2004
New York Times
Top Critic

Full Review… | January 10, 2004
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Cannery Row may be excessively sentimental, even a little corny, but it's all heart.

Full Review… | January 28, 2009
Movie Metropolis

Audience Reviews for Cannery Row

Not horrible, but avid John Steinbeck fans (like me) will be disappointed in the structure and lack of character depth.

Randy Tippy

Super Reviewer


I adore this movie, from the first time I saw it back in the mid-80's to a recent viewing in 2012. It holds up fairly well after all these years. Great acting by both Debra Winger and Nick Nolte. They're both so young and gorgeous in this film. It's hard not to like every single character. They're so warm and poignant, you almost forget you're watching a story about homelessness people and prostitutes! This is classic John Steinbeck - lots of humor and empathy.

I still love this movie! Recently released on dvd, watched with the kid, and he was not impressed? IMBD rates it low, and calls it a flop? I don't get it! I can't find anything wrong with it, I think it's a must see!

dinahmoe humm

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