Candy 1968

Candy

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A naive blond beauty (Ewa Aulin) meets a Mexican gardener, boozing Welsh poet (Richard Burton), hunchback, guru (Marlon Brando), surgeon and general.

Cast & Crew

Ewa Aulin
Candy Christian
Charles Aznavour
Hunchback juggler
James Coburn
Dr. A.B. Krankheit
John Huston
Dr. Arnold Dunlap
Walter Matthau
Gen. R.A. Smight
John Astin
T.M. Christian, Jack Christian
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Critic Reviews for Candy

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  • Jun 16, 2015
    "In my country we have a saying, a centipede has a thousand feet but cannot tap dance." "I don't understand the connection." "I guess something got lost in the translation." The mid/late '60s was a great era for mind-bogglingly whacked-out cast lists with equally diverse results, from Casino Royale (abysmal) to It's A Mad Mad Mad Mad World (hysterical), to The Magic Christian whose zaniness Candy most closely resembles. Check it out: Richard Burton, Walter Matthau, Ringo The Beatles Are Still Together Freaking Starr, John Huston, Addams Family's John Astin (in a dual role), boxing legend Sugar Ray Robinson, James Coburn, and the Method Man himself Marlon Brando! Throw in music from the Byrds and a Buck Henry screenplay of one of the decade's most scandalous books co-written by Terry Southern and you've got a cult curiosity that just screams "Watch Me!" Does it measure up? My rating should tell you "yes and no." The episodic format of Candy, played with doe-eyed innocent perfection by newcomer Ewa Aulin, bouncing from one lusty sexual predator to another like an Alice in Molesterland is completely loose-limbed. There's no story development, just some outrageous situations which sometimes produce laughs, and surprisingly little visible nudity for a movie the New York Daily News called "the ultimate dirty movie." The only social commentary I can see is that men in what are considered lofty, respected, or trusted fields - a poet, a surgeon, a military C.O., a hospital administrator, an uncle, a guru - are just as base and lascivious as anyone else. Matthau is a riot as the leader of a paratroop commando unit that has been in constant airborne mobilization for six years, and Enrico Salerno has a great bit as an experimental filmmaker. "Did you see my last project? It was called 'Gumbo.' Soup, nothing but soup!" Richard Burton has a lot of fun as the lecherous poet MacPhisto whose every utterance is dramatic, and with long hair and billowy clothes constantly being blown by unseen fans. But if there's one "must-see" performance, it's Brando in fall-down funny hijinks as the guru/charlatan. His 15-20 minute see-it-to-believe-it contribution makes this up-and-down (or should I say in-and-out) mishmash worthwhile by himself.
    Doctor S Super Reviewer
  • Oct 25, 2009
    A perverted, frantic, nearly incomprehensible attempt at comedy. Difficult to sit through, and even harder to follow. It's amusing to watch talented actors playing ridiculous parts, but aside from that Candy is just an arduous task to get through.
    Mike T Super Reviewer

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