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Candyman: The David Klein Story 2011 NR CC

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CANDYMAN tells the amazing true story of David Klein who came up with the concept of Jelly Belly jellybeans.

Starring:
David Herman Klein, Bert Klein
Runtime:
1 hour, 17 minutes

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Product Details

Genres Documentary
Director Costa Botes
Starring David Herman Klein, Bert Klein
Supporting actors 'Weird Al' Yankovic
Studio Picnic Productions & Lone Pine Productions
MPAA rating NR (Not Rated)
Captions and subtitles English Details
Rental rights 48 hour viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By C. Hill HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on April 4, 2012
Format: DVD
"Candyman" tells us story behind the invention of the Jelly Belly brand jelly beans and the man that made it all possible, David Klein. The documentary features interviews with David, his family, his former business partners, friends, and even Weird Al, and it quickly draws you in to the fascinating history of what just might be the most popular candy on the market.

One of the most striking things about this documentary is the clearly real look at the Klein family. David wears a white t-shirt through most of it and spends time rolling around on the ground with his dog, his wife sits in a cluttered ceramic work area and fills in some of the back-story, and his son and daughter add insight into what it was like growing up with the "Candyman" and the effect on his family when the Jelly Belly product was more or less taken away from him. It is also interesting to see the many different types of candies David tried to introduce throughout the years, some dismal failures with unfortunate gastric side-effects and some that were moderately successful, but none as popular as Jelly Belly.

It is also a documentary that all would be inventors should watch as a cautionary tale of how people you think you can trust might not always have your best interest at heart. I know that Jelly Belly jelly beans will never find their way into my house again after the shameful way David was treated but, fortunately, he has new line of jelly beans David's Signature Beyond Gourmet Jelly Beans Flavor Sampler to fill the gap.

Highly Recommended!

CFH
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Angela Streiff TOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 27, 2011
Format: DVD
Candyman is a documentary about David Klein, the man who invented Jelly Belly jellybeans. At first glance you wonder how Klein could be at all connected to the multi-million dollar company. He seems more the typical "guy next door" type than an inventor of a world wide known brand of candy. But soon you realize he's much more.

The story starts out when he is young and just out of high school. The film goes on to explain about his first few jobs and how they lead to his inventing the famous jellybean. There are interviews with his family, friends, investors, etc as well. Footage of Klein promoting Jelly Bellys on television shows across the country is shown and gives us an idea of just how famous and recognizable he was at one time as "Mr Jelly Belly". The film not only explains how the company came about, but also how different business decisions (often bad ones) shaped the company into what it is now. By the end of the film, I found myself somewhat angry at how David Klein, the man who founded and put his life into creating the company, had been completely removed from it in any way, by fellow businessmen willing to take advantage of his kind and trusting personal nature. Mr Jelly Belly himself had been erased from anything that had to do with the brand.

While a bit sad, Candyman is a well done film that tells a great story about one of America's most well known candies and the real faces and stories behind the brands beginnings.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By texleprechaun on January 4, 2014
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Mr. Klein is a creative genius who was unfortunately taken advantage of. It seems creative folks and the ones who inspire us are seen as a target by greedy business types.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By domsag3004 on July 28, 2010
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I found myself in Toronto with very little to do on an afternoon in May of this year. I was in town on business and never like to go to see a film by myself but I walked by a theater that had an enormous long line so my natural curiosity got the best of me. There was a film at this place as part of the Hot Docs program...I must admit that I had never heard of Hot Docs in the United States. I asked a nice man who was waiting in line just what the big deal was.He told me that this was a documentary about the man who created Jelly Belly jelly beans. I have never been much of a fan of documentaries but I had time to kill so I figured what the heck. The first bit of good luck was that I managed to get in. The film was Candyman and it held my interest for the entire time. I do not want to spoil it for you but all I can say is that the film was fantastic and very inspiring. A must see.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By worldlookingup on July 24, 2010
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I first saw "Candyman" at this year's (2010) Slamdance Film Festival. It was standing room only - the entire audience both roaring with laughter and moved to tears following the journey of David Klein's life and career. That was in January - it's July now, and I haven't been able to shake this delicious documentary film from my candy-loving head. I was fortunate enough to meet Mr. Klein (The Candyman) after the screening and hope to visit his actual candy kitchen soon. To say David has had his ups and downs is an understatement - this doc shows it all. And his candy creations - from the ubiquitous Jelly Belly to the more recent Sour Spanks (so sour they'll spank your mouth - and they do) are his life's passion. This movie's not only a treat for candy lovers, its a moving portrait of one of the most memorable entrepreneurs I've ever seen on film.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By James D. Geftakys on May 1, 2012
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Back in the early '80s when I was "coming of age" I first discovered Jelly Belly Jelly Beans. I was not aware of David Klein nor did he own the company any longer, he had sold by then but what I did know is that I really enjoyed them and loved these colorful and flavorful Jelly Belly Jelly Beans. I also became a fan of President Reagan although I was too young to vote back then. When President Reagan went up for election for the second term I was 17, rats missed the chance to vote for The Gipper but in spirit I did for what that is worth. I also became a big fan of Weird Al Yankovic. Out of that era of the 1980s came three important things in my life - Jelly Belly Jelly Beans, President Reagan and Weird Al Yankovic. Strangely enough three decades later a documentary is produced that brings all three of those important things in my life together and that is Candyman: The David Klein Story. It was like I was 15 all over again.

You don't have to have been a fan of Jelly Belly, President Reagan, or Weird Al to enjoy this documentary. If you are interested in stories behind legends then you'll love this documentary. When I say story behind legends I am talking about the man who invented and created the Jelly Belly. He is the story behind the legend of the Jelly Belly. Since watching this I have become a fan of David Klein. So there are four important things related to this story now, Jelly Belly, President Reagan, Weird Al Yankovic, and David Klein.
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