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Cannery Row DVD

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Based on the writings of American novelist John Steinbeck, this tale of hard luck and unlikely romance starring Nick Nolte and Debra Winger is as eccentric as it is enchanting. Surrounded by the motley denizens of the eponymous California fishing village, Nolte's withdrawn marine biologist and Winger's bordello girl seem like the only sane inhabitants on the Row by comparison. M. Emmet Walsh, Frank McRae and the narration of John Huston populate this rough and tumble romantic drama.
Additional Details
Director
David S. Ward
Genre
Drama
Production Year
1982
Technical Specs
  • Format: DVD
  • Rating: R
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Run Time: 120 Minutes
  • Region: 1 Region?
  • Aspect Ratio: Widescreen
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: January 27, 2009
  • Subtitles: English, French
  • Audio: ENGLISH: Dolby Digital Mono
  • Color: Color
Reviews
5 Reviews
4.6

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4.6

(based on 5 reviews)

80%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Engaging characters (4)
  • Entertaining (3)

Cons

No Cons

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  • At home (5)
  • Adult viewers (4)
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5.0

Top ten favorite...Should have had at least five oscars.

By Tugboatwilly

from Portlandia

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      Comments about this product:

      Very good movie.

       
      3.0

      Guilty Pleasure

      By hatrack

      from Victoria bc

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      Pros

      • Engaging Characters
      • Entertaining
      • Fun Sets
      • Great score

      Cons

      • Poor Script

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      Comments about this product:

      Unfortunately Cannery Row is based more on Sweet Thursday, a much inferior book to Cannery Row. The characters are overplayed so you dont get truly involved . Despite it's missteps, it has a certain raffish charm which I am attuned to.

       
      5.0

      has always been on fo my favorate

      By The old gal

      from Imperial, MO

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      Pros

      • Engaging Characters
      • Entertaining

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        Has always been one of my favorites. Love narration.

         
        5.0

        Never get tired of this one

        By rhquacker

        from Las Vegas, NV

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        Pros

        • Engaging Characters
        • Entertaining
        • Historical value
        • Original

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          Comments about this product:

          The catching frogs scene is hilarious!!! Bear Flag 'girls' costumes are a hoot! Had to get 3 copies. One for me and two additional for gifts to pair up with the two books it's based on. Our family lived in Monterey in the early 60's and this movie brings all those places back to life for me. Wonderful gift idea for my family's Christmas this coming year.

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          5.0

          The best unknown 80s romantic comedy

          By Ol' Blue Eyes

          from Long Island, NY

          About Me Casual Viewer

          Pros

          • Based On Steinbeck Novel
          • Engaging Characters
          • Fine Period Jazz Score
          • John Huston Narration
          • Nolte And Winger Sizzle

          Cons

          • Cheats A Bit On The Novel

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          Comments about this product:

          This forgotten early 80s romantic and eccentric comedy/drama is set in Monterrey, California in the 40s. A former thriving fish canning town, the canneries have all left, and the film deals with the tangible and human debris left behind in "Cannery Row."

          The film is based on and largely faithful to the Steinbeck novel "Sweet Thursday," which was the sequel to his "Cannery Row." The row is largely occupied by a group of eccentric men who live in a former warehouse and a brothel run by Audra Lindley.

          The one who doesn't fit into this picture is Nolte's character, Doc, a marine biologist who lives in solitude in his house on the row. He makes his living collecting and selling marine life samples to universities and research labs. Everyone on cannery row looks up to him.

          One day a young woman, Suzy, who is attractive but very guarded, shows up and naively applies to the brothel for a job as a waitress.

          Of course lonely Nick and cynical Suzy are attracted to each other, but the road to love is blocked by many obstructions, created by themselves and by the lovable tramps who occupy the row.

          The serene but ironic narration by John Huston as well as the period jazz piano by Dr. John are each worth a half of a star extra.

          But in the end the performances of Nolte and Winger, not yet well established stars at the time, make the film special. They were never so appealing.

          Incidentally, Steinbeck wrote the sequel to "Cannery Row" with the thought of having it produced as a Broadway musical back during the golden age of the 50s. How fortunate he must have thought he was when Rodgers and Hammerstein themselves insisted on creating the musical "Pipe Dreams." If you have never heard of that R&H musical, well, it was their biggest financial flop. But if you listen to the cast album, either the original or the one produced a few years ago when "Pipe Dreams" was presented in concert, you will find songs that we all would know if the show had been a hit. After listening to the title song three times, I couldn't get it out of my mind.

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