Saturday, December 19, 2015

Carny (1980)

Director: Robert Kaylor

Writers: Phoebe Kaylor, Robert Kaylor, Robbie Robertson, Thomas Baum

Composer: Alex North

Starring: Gary Busey, Jodie Foster, Robbie Robertson, Meg Foster, Kenneth McMillan, Elisha Cook Jr., Tim Thomerson, Teddy Wilson, John Lehne, Bill McKinney, Bert Remsen, Woodrow Parfrey, Alan Braunstein, Tina Andrews, Craig Wasson, Fred Ward

More info: IMDb

Tagline: Where love is just another sucker's game.

Plot: Frankie (Busey) and Patch (Robertson) are best pals working in a traveling carnival. Everything's going just fine until Donna shows up.

My rating: 7/10

Will I watch it again? Nah.

I've known about this for more than 30 years.  Being a big fan of Alex North's music I've always been intrigued at his hiring to score the film.  It's an odd pairing but a lot of the score here works pretty well at times.  The cast does a great job and the atmosphere is thick with the carnival life which I really dig.  It's a good movie and I really dig the love triangle resolution as it doesn't go like a lot of movies would've done.  The real star of the picture is Busey.  He's fantastic.  Really.  There isn't much to really say more than this.  It's a good flick with a lot of good things going for it.  The Warner Bros. Archive Collection DVD has a nice anamorphic widescreen print and the only extra is the fullscreen trailer seen above.  It'd be great to get Busey, Robertson and Foster in a room for a commentary track.  

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