Carny

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Overview

In Robert Kaylor's Carny, the world of the carnival is an illusion manipulated by the carnies to fleece the suckers. The marks generally deserve what they get, because of their greed, corruption, or just plain stupidity. It's share and share alike for Frankie Gary Busey and Patch Robbie Robertson, partners in a dunk-the-bozo act in a carnival travelling through the American South. At one of the small-town stops, Donna Jodie Foster, an alienated teenager, dumps her obnoxious boyfriend and, with Frankie's ...
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Overview

In Robert Kaylor's Carny, the world of the carnival is an illusion manipulated by the carnies to fleece the suckers. The marks generally deserve what they get, because of their greed, corruption, or just plain stupidity. It's share and share alike for Frankie Gary Busey and Patch Robbie Robertson, partners in a dunk-the-bozo act in a carnival travelling through the American South. At one of the small-town stops, Donna Jodie Foster, an alienated teenager, dumps her obnoxious boyfriend and, with Frankie's encouragement, joins up and moves into their trailer and Frankie's bed. Feeling displaced, Patch schemes to get Donna out of the carnival. However, the carnival's owner needs Donna to foil a loathsome pair of local officials who demand payoffs. She plays her part perfectly and is accepted by all, although she moves into another trailer.
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Editorial Reviews

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This uneven but frequently compelling film failed to draw a big audience during its original release but has become a cult favorite over time thanks to its unique subject matter and an array of fine performances. Thomas Baum's script effectively captures the atmosphere of the carnival setting down to the last gritty detail while also managing to find the carefully hidden humanity in the carnival denizens. Unfortunately, it gets a bit one-sided when dealing with non-carnival characters, who are all portrayed as rubes or vicious criminals. Director Robert Kaylor wisely avoids stylizing or sentimentalizing the story, instead allowing the setting and characters to carry the film on their own. Carny also benefits from a gifted cast that fleshes out its characters in a believable fashion. Gary Busey gives one of his most memorable performances as Frankie, a man caught between his love of carny life and his feelings of isolation from the "normal" world: The scene where he suicidally taunts a group of rowdy patrons after having his heart broken is scary and moving all at once. Jodie Foster left her child-star image behind with her sexy, assured portrayal of Donna, a frustrated small town girl who finds herself seduced by the con-artist aspect of carnival life. Robbie Robertson, who makes his acting debut here as Patch, isn't as magnetic as the other leads but displays a cool charisma all his own. In the end, Carny may turn off some viewers due to its gritty subject matter, but brave viewers will find it a journey worth taking.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/4/2009
  • UPC: 883316194461
  • Original Release: 1980
  • Rating:

  • Source: Warner Archives
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Time: 1:47:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 15,494

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Gary Busey Frankie
Jodie Foster Donna
Robbie Robertson Patch
Elisha Cook Jr. OnYour-Mark
Meg Foster Gerta
Kenneth McMillan Heavy
John Lehne Skeet
Tina Andrews Sugaree
Bert Remsen Delno
Alan Braunstein Willie Mae
Bill McKinney Dill
Craig Wasson Mickey
William S. Bartman Hi-Striker
Terry Beaver Trucker
Jordan Cael Flame
John Cassidy Harry the Hat
Robert DoQui
Bob Hannah Tough #1
Nomi Mitty Eight Color Girl
Woodrow Parfrey W.C. Hannon
Randy Patrick Mark
Jerry Rushing Trucker
Albert B. Smith
Tim Thomerson Doubles
Fred Ward Jack
Theodore Wilson Nails
Technical Credits
Robert Kaylor Director, Screenwriter
Thomas Baum Screenwriter
Arthur Brewer Special Effects
Adams Calvert Special Effects
William J. Cassidy Production Designer
Dennis E. Dolan Editor
Richard Hashimoto Production Manager
Bill Kaplan Sound/Sound Designer
Ray Molyneaux Set Decoration/Design
Alex North Score Composer
Stuart H. Pappe Editor
Charles R. Pierce Set Decoration/Design
Charlene Roberson Makeup
Robbie Robertson Producer, Screenwriter
Josan F. Russo Art Director
William P. Scott Asst. Director
Harry Stradling Jr. Cinematographer
Jonathan Taplin Executive Producer, Producer
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  • Posted October 27, 2013

    Excellent depiction of carnival life. Busey really comes through

    Excellent depiction of carnival life. Busey really comes through with this role as does Foster. Probably one of
    Busey's
    best efforts. Subject gets down to earth, but it is well worth the ride.

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