Candy

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A free-spirited art student and a roguish poet find their addiction to each other taking a back seat to their taste for heroin in director Neil Armfield's intensely personal tale of recreational drug use gone bad. When Candy (Abbie Cornish) and Dan (Heath Ledger) first fell in love, they both thought they had found all they ever needed in life. Despite financial hardships, the pair sustained themselves on the vibrant life force that burned blindingly bright as it promised an invincible future. Their intoxicating ...
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A free-spirited art student and a roguish poet find their addiction to each other taking a back seat to their taste for heroin in director Neil Armfield's intensely personal tale of recreational drug use gone bad. When Candy (Abbie Cornish) and Dan (Heath Ledger) first fell in love, they both thought they had found all they ever needed in life. Despite financial hardships, the pair sustained themselves on the vibrant life force that burned blindingly bright as it promised an invincible future. Their intoxicating romance a blissful altered state of which heroin played only a minor role in the beginning, Candy and Dan soon decide to strengthen their bond by marrying and starting a family. Their manufactured Eden gradually becomes an uncontrollable inferno, however, as Candy's parents slowly pull away due to the pain of witnessing their daughter's slow slide into oblivion, and even chemistry professor Casper (Geoffrey Rush), who was at first complicit in their experimentation, admits that Candy and Dan's blind devotion to the drug is now forever ingrained into their commitment to one and other. As the marriage deteriorates right along with Candy's increasingly fragile mental state, Dan must make the difficult decision to either rescue her or pull away in hopes that the clarity of separation will finally empower her to break free of the addiction that binds her.
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Special Features

Candy: The path to wild abandon; Writing on the wall: Candy's poem in motion; Audio commentary with director Neil Armfield and writer Luck Davies; Theatrical trailer; Trailer gallery ; 53.1 dolby digital surround; 16:9 anamorphic full frame presentation; Closed captioned; Spanish subtitles
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/27/2007
  • UPC: 821575549950
  • Original Release: 2005
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  • Source: Velocity / Thinkfilm
  • Region Code: 1
  • Time: 1:48:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Heath Ledger Dan
Abbie Cornish Candy
Geoffrey Rush Casper
Tony Martin Mr. Wyatt
Noni Hazelhurst Mrs. Wyatt
Technical Credits
Neil Armfield Director, Screenwriter
Mark Blackwell Sound/Sound Designer
Iain Canning Associate Producer
Paul Charlier Score Composer
Dany Cooper Editor
Robert Cousins Production Designer
Luke Davies Screenwriter
Sophie Dick Set Decoration/Design
Laurie Faen Art Director
Margaret Fink Producer
Angus Finney Executive Producer
Jodie Fried Costumes/Costume Designer
Andrew Mackie Executive Producer
Richard Payten Executive Producer
Garry Phillips Cinematographer
Emile Sherman Producer
Michael Whyke Executive Producer
Terry Yason Executive Producer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Candy
1. Main Title [6:54]
2. The Best Bits [1:52]
3. Casper [3:51]
4. The Wyatts [5:04]
5. The Pawn Shop [4:09]
6. One Flesh [5:59]
7. In a Perfect Place [8:30]
8. "We're Junkies..." [4:55]
9. Do Something Brave [4:59]
10. "Enter In Your PIN" [3:35]
11. "We've Gotta Stop Using" [5:08]
12. Getting Clean [6:59]
13. The Hospital [3:28]
14. The Air Is Cleaner [5:15]
15. Sunday Lunch [4:59]
16. Lead Us Not Into Temptation [4:45]
17. Everything Was Gold [4:56]
18. "Promis Me You'll Stop" [9:46]
19. A Visitor [7:05]
20. End Credits [5:49]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Candy
   Play Movie
   Set-Up
      5.1 Dolby Digital Surround
      Audio Commentary With Director Neil Armfield & Writer Luke Davies
      Subtitles: Spanish
      Subtitles: Off
   Special Features
      Audio Commentary With Director Neil Arnfield and Writer Luke Davies
      Writing On the Wall: Candy's Poem In Motion
      Candy: The Path to Wild Abandon
      Candy Theatrical Trailer
      Trailer Gallery
   Scenes
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Stumbling Toward the Abyss

    Stories about the cruel annihilation of physical, emotional and spiritual lives that follow addiction to drugs appear to be constant sources for films. If seeing the destruction of people's lives when they become addicted to drugs helps those who are on the teetering brink of trying heavy drugs to avoid the fall, then these films are well worth the making. Yet if the constant barrage of stories such as this one fails there, then the reason for continuing this line of filmmaking is questionable and wearing. Such is the case for this very well acted, directed and produced little film from Australia. Based on Luke Davies' novel "Candy: A Novel of Love and Addiction" and adapted for the screen by Davies and director Neil Armfield, this story is divided into thirds: heaven, earth, and hell, unfortunately leaving the audience in the final category. Dan (Heath Ledger) is a poet who drifts around living off loans from friends. He is deeply in love with young artist Candy (the very beautiful and talented Abbie Cornish) and together they use drugs, advancing to heroin through the encouraging pastime of Professor Casper (Geoffrey Rush) who manages his addiction rather well and maintains a live-in lad Jorge (an impressive little debut by Roberto Meza-Mont). Dan and Candy explore their passion and love with the enhancement of drugs: this is the 'heaven' segment. But their disconnected relationship is questioned by Candy's parents (Tony Martin and Noni Hazlehurst) and when Candy announces their engagement, her parents fear the lack of character that Dan represents. Dan and Candy marry, now completely addicted to drugs, live in a ware house, and without income Candy turns to being a hooker and Dan tries to become a male hustler with out success, finding it easier to steal credit cards and explore fraud: this section is 'earth'. Candy becomes pregnant and the couple decides to go clean, suffering together the withdrawal that eventually leads to Candy's miscarriage, an event that breaks the spirit of everyone around them. They see the need to be clean and they move to a shack house outside Melbourne where they attempt to find a new start only to go back to drugs (hell episode has started) and Candy descends into psychosis, gradually ending up institutionalized. Drugs have fractured Dan's and Candy's love, their family ties and even their relationship with Casper and the few other friends they have. The film is unrelentingly dark except for the few moments in the heaven portion when the passion and love of the couple is radiant. Ledger and Cornish are superb if a bit flat due to the storyline, Rush delivers his usual fine acting and Martin and Hazlehurst show significant talent in tough roles. The problem with the film is its overdrawn length about a situation that changes very little: there is no arc to the storyline, just a constant unrelenting descent in to the abyss of self-destruction that accompanies the devastation of drug addiction. But if the viewer doesn't mind a story with no light at the end then this is a very well done film from a solid crew. Grady Harp

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  • Posted June 14, 2011

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    heath ledger is my favorite actor!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    amazing movie with my favorite actor!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Candy featuring Heath Ledger and Abbie Cornish

    I love this movie, Heath Ledger was amazing in it, and Abbie Cornish shows great emotion. The whole movie will keep drawing you in, and I definitely recommend it.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Realistic and Sad.

    I haven't seen ALL of Heath Ledger's movies, but I genuinely appreciate this film. I highly recommend.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Candy is Addicting.

    This movies is one of the best movies I have ever seen! It has stayed with me ever since i first saw it. It is one of the saddest but amazing movies I have ever seen! Heath Ledger and Abbie Cornish are amazing and beautiful in this movie! They portray the heroin addicted couple perfectly. The connection between the couple is almost real! Such an amazing movie. Some comedy in it but mostly drama but still perfect! I also recommend the book by Luke Davies.

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