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Candy Mountain (1987)

R | | Drama | February 1988 (USA)
A struggling musician sets out to find the legendary guitar maker Elmore Silk, with whom he hopes to strike a deal to make himself rich and famous.

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Rudy Wurlitzer
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kevin J. O'Connor ... Julius
Eric Mitchell Eric Mitchell ... Gunther
Mary Joy ... Couple
Robert Joy ... Couple (as Bob Joy)
Joe Strummer ... Mario
Arto Lindsay Arto Lindsay ... Alston
Mary Margaret O'Hara Mary Margaret O'Hara ... Darlene
David Johansen ... Keith Burns
David Margulies ... Lawyer
Tony 'Machine' Krasinski Tony 'Machine' Krasinski ... Musician
Susan Kirschner Susan Kirschner ... Suzie
Emile de Antonio Emile de Antonio ... Lou Sultan (as Dee De Antonio)
Jose Soto Jose Soto ... Musician's Son
Bob Maroff Bob Maroff ... Gas-station Attendant
Rockets Redglare Rockets Redglare ... Van Driver
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A struggling musician sets out to find the legendary guitar maker Elmore Silk, with whom he hopes to strike a deal to make himself rich and famous.

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Country:

Switzerland | Canada | France

Language:

English

Release Date:

February 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ain't No Candy Mountain See more »

Filming Locations:

New York, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color
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Needs glue.
21 October 2010 | by BERSERKERpoetrySee all my reviews

I've seen a few no-budget films before, but "Candy Mountain" really takes the cake. It feels like it was filmed on weekends and vacations with friends and relatives, and no one was paid anything. That might not be entirely true, but it's the impression I got. I watched the movie for Tom Waits, who doesn't have a big part, but is entertaining. Kevin J. O'Connor is good as Julius. All the various cameos are amusing, surely more so if you have a personal familiarity with the actors/musicians. It's a distinctly Canadian story, even though it hints at originating in the states.

The director, Robert Frank, leaves one with the distinct impression that he doesn't know how to make a compelling movie. It's well-intentioned enough, but lethargic as hell. When Julius wakes up to drag himself through another long day, you start to feel about the same as the viewer. If the photography was better, or maybe the silences had more depth and power, it wouldn't seem so sloppy. The pace is maddeningly slow. I got... a bit out of it, I guess. But it's really just not that great. At best, it convinces you that it's real. As for anything beyond that, well, never mind.


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