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Carny (1980)





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This behind-the-scenes look at the life of carnies features Jodie Foster as a runaway teen who joins the carnival looking for some adventure in her boring life. She first gets involved with the dunking machine taunter, Frankie (Gary Busy), and then with his friend and carny cornerstone, Patch (Robbie Robertson), which causes frustration between the trio of involved parties. Director Robert Kaylor began a documentary of the carnie lifestyle but later decided to make this fictional yet realistic feature.

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Gary Busey
as Frankie
Elisha Cook Jr.
as On-Your-Mark
Tina Andrews
as Sugaree
Alan Braunstein
as Willie Mae
Woodrow Parfrey
as W.C. Hannon
John Cassidy
as Harry the Hat
Margaret Jo Lee
as Pagan Knight
Terry Beaver
as Trucker
Bob Hannah
as Tough #1
Anita Haynes
as Waitress
Nancy Hazeltine
as Lesbian Girl
Virginia Logan
as Ticket Seller
Nomi Mitty
as Eight-Color Girl
Jeannie Rapp
as Twin #2
Mary Siceloff
as Georgene
Albert J. Smith
as Old Farmer
Janet Thomas
as Twin #1
Janet Wieringa
as Lesbian #2
Emmett Bejano
as Alligator Skin Man
Percilla Bejano
as Monkey Girl
Elaina Doucet
as Anatomical Contortionist
Jimmy Rapp
as Anatomical Contortionist/Sword Swallower
Pete Terhune
as Fire-Eating Dwarf/Iron Tongue Act
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Critic Reviews for Carny

All Critics (4) | Top Critics (1)

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
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Audience Reviews for Carny

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

Jeff B
Jeff B

A rough and sincere little B-picture that contains some gripping performances and captures the pathos of carnival life. Busey isn't too crazy here, although you can see why he might've cracked so hard, and Robertson plays the straight man to his clown. Foster is the real treasure though, showing real charisma and a budding sexual power that is never exploited, but explored in an interesting (if not groundbreaking or unusual) way. This is also one of the better color discs I've seen from the Warner Archive, with a decent digital transfer and no distractingly fuzzing reds. Carny would make a fine double feature with either Todd Browning's classic Freaks (1932) or the little-seen Splinterheads (2009).

Caleb McCandless
Caleb McCandless

People Have compared ths to taxi driver??? I must see this classic allso.. I should And Will Make a list of classic I want to see ....

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