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Brand New 2K HD Restoration! Candy Christian (Ewa Aulin) is an innocent yet luscious high school student and when fate sends her on a far-out journey of sexual discovery - Candy on her trippy travels, encounters lust and lunacy at the hands of a drunken poet (Richard Burton), a Mexican gardener (Ringo Starr), a patriotic general (Walter Matthau), a mad surgeon (James Coburn), and a mystic guru (Marlon Brando). Can the world's most stalwart members get their own sweet piece of Candy? Or will a final freaky twist swallow her whole forever? John Astin, Charles Aznavour, John Huston, Elsa Martinelli, Florinda Bolkan, Anita Pallenberg, Enrico Maria Salerno and boxing legend Sugar Ray Robinson co-star in this notoriously sexy '60s satire, featuring music by The Byrds and Steppenwolf and based on the novel by Terry Southern (Easy Rider) and Mason Hoffenberg that scandalized the decade! Screenplay by the great Buck Henry (The Graduate) and directed by actor Christian Marquand (Of Flesh and Blood).
Bonus Features: Interview with Screenwriter Buck Henry | Interview with Film Critic and Historian Kim Morgan I Original Theatrical Trailer | Radio Spots
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was pretty daring for a pubescent boy to see, as some of the scenes with Aulin are very sexy. The most disappointing aspect of the movie is that
producer, director had all these great actors who were wasted on such a terribly written screenplay. Buck Henry (who wrote it) must have been on
LSD when he wrote the ridiculous, weird, often boring scenes. Ironically, again 50 years later, the only thing still good about this movie is the sexy
and beautiful perfection of Aulin. If not for Aulin, this film would be considered nothing but celluloid garbage. I gave it 3 stars for Aulin and the major
actors who did the best they could with such a piece of crap script.
This is worth the price of admission alone with completely off the wall performances by Richard Burton as a lustful poet, actually all the actors are lustful after a taste of Candy!! From the mad surgeon James Coburn, to the screwy military guy, Walter Matthau, to the Mexican gardener, Ringo Starr and last but not least, Marlon Brando doing his yoga best as a nutty guru (has to be seen to be believed), you are certainly in for one heck of a strange time. But still fun in an absolute off beat way.
The film was considered outrageous in its day but it seems pretty tame by "modern' standards. Ringo Starr received good reviews when the movie was released but in retrospect his performance is almost embarrassingly poor. But the incongruous cameos by a few of the biggest stars of the day are a great part of the film's appeal. (Remember, this was one of the first "X" rated films to be seen in wide release and, goodness, there were FAMOUS people involved!)
Sir Richard Burton is riotous as are Marlon Brando, Walter Matthau and James Coburn, but the cohesive bond in the whole plot is the dual performance by John Astin who portrays Candy's stuffed-shirt father as well as her lecherous uncle, Jack. And, not too surprisingly, Ewa Aulin is still ravenously beautiful as the naive nymphet, Candy!
Another shining attribute is Dave Grusin's soundtrack, very 60's, no doubt, but in the end it actually holds up better than film. Songs and incidental pieces by The Byrds and Steppinwolf sound fresh and invigorating.
Younger people who want to experience a glimpse of the 60's "counter-culture" would do well to start with this trifling sweet, Candy!
Highly recommended for fans of unique, stylish, satirical films of the late 1960s.