Candy Mountain (1988) - Rotten Tomatoes

Candy Mountain (1988)




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Movie Info

After promising a rock star he would find a particular guitar-maker to procure his valuable products, a musician takes a road trip in search of the legend. On his way, he meets various people who have--at one time or another-- been involved with the elusive guru. After he finally meets the man, he realizes that there is much more to one's art than financial reward. ~ Kristie Hassen, Rovi


Kevin J. O'Connor
as Julius Book
Harris Yulin
as Elmore Silk
Tom Waits
as Al Silk
Bulle Ogier
as Cornelia
Dr. John
as Henry
Dee De Antonio
as Lou Sultan
Ralph Dillon
as Musician
Harry Fox
as Gas Station Owner
Bob Joy
as Couple
Roy MacEachern
as Customs Officer
Jose Soto
as Musician's Son
Eric House
as Doctor
David Johansen
as Keith Burns
Mary Joy
as Couple
Bob Maroff
as Gas Station Attendant
Wayne Robson
as Buddy Burke
Rockets Redglare
as Van Driver
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Critic Reviews for Candy Mountain

All Critics (8) | Top Critics (4)

In a way, this shaggy-dog hipster road film is Frank's ultimate work -- evoking the end of the road and even the end of Endsville-but he has persevered.

November 5, 2008 | Full Review…

Watching Candy Mountain, we're lulled into a mood of uncertain but pleasurable anticipation.

January 1, 2000 | Full Review…

You get sweeter on Candy with every passing mile.

January 1, 2000 | Full Review…

Ambling along like a wry, laid-back "Heart of Darkness," this likable and touching film makes good use of Frank's remarkable photographic eye and Wurlitzer's witty, acerbic, and quasi-mystical handling of myth that has served him well in his novels.

January 1, 2000

Enjoyably weird quintessential road movie.

December 20, 2008 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

This road movie in the spirit of the Beats follows Julius (O'Connor), a struggling musician and James Dean wannabe, who sets out on a mission to track down legendary guitar maker Elmore Silk.

May 24, 2003 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Candy Mountain


"Candy Mountain" is a shaggy-dog story about an underachieving hipster (Kevin J. O'Connor, sort of a John Mellencamp type) taking a road trip to find a legendary, reclusive guitar-maker. The premise doesn't matter much -- his chance encounters do. Tom Waits, Dr. John, Bulle Ogier, Leon Redbone, Laurie Metcalf, David Johansen, Mary Margaret O'Hara and Rockets Redglare are among the cameos, and where else can you see Arto Lindsay jamming with Joe Strummer? Unfortunately, the climactic meeting with the guitar man is a letdown -- considering the guest stars who turn up earlier, one expects someone epic. Instead, it's just a familiar character actor. Perhaps director Robert Frank (Cocksucker Blues, Pull My Daisy) decided the part called for a trained pro with skills. The movie's low-budget production values aren't a problem, but it does have that passive, overcast blandness so often found in Canadian film. None of the scenes have any real bite. If the unusual cast doesn't attract you, you'll have no reason to sit through this.

Eric Broome
Eric Broome

Super Reviewer

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