Cannery Row (1982) - Rotten Tomatoes

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.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.

-- 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 I.
Mina Isham

Cannery Row Quotes

Suzy: I like you just fine when you're not around.
– Submitted by Michael D (3 years ago)

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