Cannery Row (1982)




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This highly anecdotal film centers upon Doc (Nick Nolte), a self-employed marine biologist who lives by the ocean and interacts with the neighborhood denizens, trying to conceal a troubled past. Across from Doc's digs stands the local bordello, the Bear Flag Restaurant. Across the entrance ambles Suzy (Debra Winger), a drifter who tries to become one of the girls and fails miserably. However, she does set her sights on Doc and acts accordingly.
Classics , Comedy , Drama , Romance
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Debra Winger
as Suzy DeSoto
Frank McRae
as Hazel
Tom Mahoney
as Hughie
John Malloy
as Jones
James Keane
as Eddie
Sunshine Parker
as The Seer
Santos Morales
as Joseph and Mary
Ellen Blake
as Wisteria
Mariko Tse
as Blossom
Tona Dodd
as Waitress
Judy Kerr
as Waitress Serving Beer Milkshake
William Bronder
as Suzy's Customer
Rosana DiSota
as Ellen Sedgewick
Tom Pletts
as Doctor
Art LaFleur
as Dorman
John Huston
as Narrator
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Critic Reviews for Cannery Row

All Critics (5) | Top Critics (1)

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

Full Review… | January 28, 2009
Movie Metropolis

Pleasant Fun.

May 28, 2005
Classic Film and Television

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November 1, 2005

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April 28, 2005
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

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Full Review… | October 23, 2004
Chicago Sun-Times
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Audience Reviews for Cannery Row


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.

Michelle Toney
Michelle Toney

-- Hi. From public library recently I borrowed book SWEET THURSDAY by John Steinbeck. Once I started reading it I recognized characters & plot. It's familiar to me because "Cannery Row" the movie is based on both Steinbeck books, & I've seen "Cannery Row" the movie. I don't think I've read the book. Debra Winger is a great actress. I liked her in "Terms of Endearment," & I like her in "Cannery Row." She plays Suzy, a floozy. Hazel is a man. Joseph and Mary is name of one man. Nolte was cast to be Doc, & both men are endearing. This movie is like homemade catsup. It's spicy. --

Mina Isham
Mina Isham

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!

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