Carny (1980) - Rotten Tomatoes


Carny (1980)




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This behind-the-scenes look at the life of carnies features Jodie Foster as a runaway teen who joins the carnival looking for some adventure in her boring life. She first gets involved with the dunking machine taunter, Frankie (Gary Busy), and then with his friend and carny cornerstone, Patch (Robbie Robertson), which causes frustration between the trio of involved parties. Director Robert Kaylor began a documentary of the carnie lifestyle but later decided to make this fictional yet realistic feature.

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Gary Busey
as Frankie
Elisha Cook Jr.
as On-Your-Mark
Tina Andrews
as Sugaree
Alan Braunstein
as Willie Mae
Woodrow Parfrey
as W.C. Hannon
John Cassidy
as Harry the Hat
Margaret Jo Lee
as Pagan Knight
Terry Beaver
as Trucker
Bob Hannah
as Tough #1
Anita Haynes
as Waitress
Nancy Hazeltine
as Lesbian Girl
Virginia Logan
as Ticket Seller
Nomi Mitty
as Eight-Color Girl
Jeannie Rapp
as Twin #2
Mary Siceloff
as Georgene
Albert J. Smith
as Old Farmer
Janet Thomas
as Twin #1
Janet Wieringa
as Lesbian #2
Emmett Bejano
as Alligator Skin Man
Percilla Bejano
as Monkey Girl
Elaina Doucet
as Anatomical Contortionist
Jimmy Rapp
as Anatomical Contortionist/Sword Swallower
Pete Terhune
as Fire-Eating Dwarf/Iron Tongue Act
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Critic Reviews for Carny

All Critics (6) | Top Critics (2)

Carny is bursting with more information about American carnivals that it can contain, surrounding a plot too thin to support it.

October 23, 2004 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

The characters -- despite the broad mean streaks the script gives them -- emerge as soft and sentimental, and the plot is mired in a tired love triangle (Foster-Gary Busey-Robbie Robertson) that doesn't go anywhere.

January 1, 2000

The missed and fumbled opportunities add up to an ultimately unsatisfying experience.

June 22, 2020 | Full Review…

The ambiance turns out to be much richer than the narrative.

May 7, 2010 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

Carny is a tightly structured, atmospherically rich little movie that works.

January 29, 2004 | Full Review…

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