Monterey, California in the 1940's. Cannery Row - the section of town where the now closed fish canneries are located - is inhabited primarily by the down and out, although many would not ... See full summary »

Director:

David S. Ward

Writers:

John Steinbeck (novels), David S. Ward (written for the screen by)

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Nick Nolte ... Doc
Debra Winger ... Suzy DeSoto
Audra Lindley ... Fauna Flood
Frank McRae ... Hazel
M. Emmet Walsh ... Mack
Tom Mahoney Tom Mahoney ... Hughie
John Malloy John Malloy ... Jones
James Keane ... Eddie
Sunshine Parker ... The Seer
Santos Morales Santos Morales ... Joseph and Mary
John Huston ... Narrator (voice)
Ellen Blake Ellen Blake ... Wisteria
Sharon Ernster Sharon Ernster ... Agnes
Kathleen Doyle ... Violet
Mary Margaret Amato ... Lola
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Monterey, California in the 1940's. Cannery Row - the section of town where the now closed fish canneries are located - is inhabited primarily by the down and out, although many would not move away even if they could. Probably the most upstanding citizen in the area is Doc, a marine biologist who earns a living primarily by collecting and selling marine specimens for research. He is a lost soul who is looking for his place in life. He is running away from his past, one where he is trying to make amends for what he considers a past wrong. But his current life isn't totally satisfying either. He believes that his recent collection of eight baby octopi will help him define that future in conducting research on their behavior. However, he is finding that research is not as easy as he had hoped, and that he is still feeling restless. Into the area comes drifter Suzy DeSoto. She too is a lost soul. With few job skills, she gets a job as what she calls a floozy in the local whorehouse, ... Written by Huggo

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You don't have to be crazy to live here...but it helps.

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
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Raquel Welch was originally cast as Suzy. She was fired after five days of filming. She allegedly took too long to get ready each day. Welch then sued the MGM studio for wrongful termination and in the mid-1980s won getting a multi-million dollar settlement. Turner Entertainment had to do the pay-out as by that time they were the owners of MGM. See more »

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When Susie brings the macaroons to Doc, the rattlesnake cage is a few inches below her elbow. In the next shot, the cage is a few inches above her elbow. See more »

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Narrator: [voice over] Cannery Row has never been like anywhere else. For one thing, its people are different. When the town died off, most of them failed to notice. Some say nobody would live here if they didn't have to, but there are some, like The Seer, who wouldn't live anywhere else, even if they could. Of all the people on Cannery Row, Doc is probably the best known. He makes as good a living as he needs by collecting marine animals and selling them to colleges and museums. Over the ...
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Referenced in The Illustrated Man with John Solie (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

In The Mood
(1939) (uncredited)
Music by Wingy Manone, arrangement by Joe Garland
Performed by Glenn Miller and His Orchestra.
Danced to by Doc (Nick Nolte) and Suzy (Debra Winger).
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So what do the critics know?
23 July 2000 | by miller-moviesSee all my reviews

Critics panned this film, yet still gave it fairly good marks. Nick Nolte & Debra Winger are fine, and John Huston is perfectly splendid with his narration. Kudos to all involved, and a special thank you for the frog hunt scene! Hilarious!!! I did not read the story by Steinbeck, so I don't really care if it followed it exactly. By itself, it is excellent entertainment. The Miller-Movie formula awards it a 9.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 February 1982 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Cannery Row See more »

Filming Locations:

Monterey, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$11,300,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,500,000, 15 February 1982

Gross USA:

$5,301,539

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$5,301,539
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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