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Cotton Candy (1978)

A group of high school friends form a rock band.


Ron Howard


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Charles Martin Smith ... George Smalley
Clint Howard ... Corky Macpherson
Leslie King Leslie King ... Brenda Matthews (as Leslie E. King)
Kevin Lee Miller ... Barry Bates
Manuel Padilla Jr. ... Julio Sanchez
Dean Scofield ... Bart Bates (as Dino Scofield)
Mark Wheeler ... Torbin Bequette
Alvy Moore ... Mr. Smalley
Joan Crosby Joan Crosby ... Mrs. Smalley
Rance Howard ... Mr. Bremmercamp
Ray LePere Ray LePere ... Coach Grimes
William H. Burkett William H. Burkett ... Mr. Barton
Connie Hearn Connie Hearn ... Karen (as Connie Hearn)
Jessie Lee Fulton ... Mrs. Kelly
Eugene Lee ... Senior President (as Eugene S. Lee)


A group of high school friends form a rock band.

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Release Date:

26 October 1978 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ron Howard's Cotton Candy See more »

Filming Locations:

Dallas, Texas, USA See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The poster for Ron Howard's directorial debut Grand Theft Auto (1977) can be seen as George and Brenda leave the local movie theater. See more »


References The Goodbye Girl (1977) See more »

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Brilliant Piece Of Hollywood Trash!John Waters eat your heart out!
12 September 2003 | by PeteStudSee all my reviews

This is as close as Ron Howard will ever get to making a wonderful piece of trash. Set in 70s it tells the sordid Brady Bunch sentimental story of High School Rock Band COTTON CANDY and their high school war with competition bad boy rock band RAPID FIRE. When they hit the stage youve got to see how dreadful they are to believe it!!!Just like a John Water's movies nearly every scene has some one either being overactingly nasty to some one or people yelling and screaming at one another with horrible songs thrown in for good measure!!!Why no one has ever released this trash el supremo on DVD is a sheer crime! I imagine Ron Howard has had anyone who was interested in releasing it "bumped" off anyhow out of sheer embarassment. His father and crazed looking geek brother Clint also appear. I kinda like the songs now...can u get the soundtrack? essential Aaron Spelling like party tape gone wrong!!! Brilliant TV movie!! If you got a good copy taped off TV please contact me!!!

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