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CANDYMAN tells the amazing true story of David Klein, an eccentric candy inventor from LA, who came up with the concept of Jelly Belly jellybeans. These colorful beans became a pop culture phenomenon, revolutionized the candy industry and were personally endorsed by Ronald Reagen. However, David s eccentric personality and peculiar sense of business led him to leave Jelly Belly just as it was about to explode and grow into a billion dollar enterprise. Is there room for eccentric genius in the modern corporate world? The film tells how Klein may have lost his beans, but kept his soul.
BONUS FEATURES include
10 Deleted Scenes
Audio Commentary with Director Costa Botes
Audio Commentary with Bert & David Klein
"Easily one of the most entertaining and enlightening indie docs of the past year." --The Independent Critic
"Compelling, entertaining and most of all full of heart." --Neato Coolville
Top customer reviews
This guy is creative and thinks of a great idea, Jelly Belly. He creates it, creates new flavors, and makes a marketing plan that rockets to success. But he is a very giving guy, to a fault. He does not fully protect his IP, and one day his copacker, the people who actually make the product decided to force him to sell for under 1% of what the company is worth, and he already gave away half of it early on to help other people.....so this guy, who should be a huge success, and has helped countless others be a success, is now broke, financially and his ego is crushed. The first part is really cool but then the twist makes you mad.
This is much like the sriracha story you can see here. Sriracha Except david tran kept his company going despite having no IP at all.
This is a must watch movie, sad, happens every day to good guys and women. I never expected a return call back from Mr. Klien directly and he helped with advice with Candy Puffcorn. I do like Jelly Belly living in Fairfield, CA. and all, but very hurt by the how the bully part went down.
He does give free wisdom, which helps me give it away to help others who want to be successful without being a bully about it, but making lasting mutual business success.
It was a good rise and fall type of story to work with, yet it seemed to be confused as to what it wanted to be when it grew up. It starts out with the feel of His Way, a bio doc on Jerry Weintraub, where a man, child of a baby boomer, makes his claim to fame in the arms of California. It also seemed to be interpolating styles with that of 51 Birch Street, a doc on a son's journey into why his parents formed the family the way they did.
The son should have been limited to either being a sit-down interview subject or just a narrator. Found his scenes distracting. The film probably could have used more music to smoothly tie in cuts between interview subjects.
The story of the Candy Man himself is pretty darn cool, however the execution of that story on this film does a Jelly Belly flop.
More Weird Al, less Jelly Belly Jr.