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Nick Nolte and Debra Winger star in this whimsical romance based on JohnSteinbeck's novellas Cannery Row and Sweet Thursday.Among the derelicts,dreamers and outcasts living in 1940s Monterey, California's Cannery Roware Doc (Nolte--Hotel Rwanda, The Prince of Tides), a marine biologistwith a past he wishes to forget, and Suzy (Winger--Shadowlands, Terms ofEndearment), a drifter who takes up residence in the bordello across thestreet from Doc. They fall in love, but for these two strong-willed,independent people, romance is not going to be easy . . .]]>
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Nolte plays "Doc" the main character in the story. His character is based on a real life person, a marine scientist named Ed Ricketts who lived and worked along Cannery Row (which was certainly not the tourist attraction in the 1930s-40s that it is today). You can, by the way, still see the building where Doc Ricketts worked if you visit Pacific Grove...it's just down the road from the Monterey Bay Aquarium. OK, OK, enough history, back to the movie...
Nolte does a great job of playing the out of the way, but not really down and out "Doc." Things are going along smoothly until Winger hits the scene, then there's romance in the air, though it doesn't land until much later.
I suppose you could call this movie a romantic comedy, or you could call it a romance, or you could call it drama, or you could call it real life -- Steinbeck was like that -- he was into real life.
This is, I agree, an underrated film.Read more ›
In any case, that's how I was first exposed to this movie. I was charmed by the comments of a little known Debra Winger and Nick Nolte about their characters and the development of their on-screen romance. I was also impressed with the filmmaker's effort to recreate the Cannery Row of the 1930's, on a soundstage.
No, it doesn't look like "real life". It's not a recreation of real life! It's a recreation of real life - as filtered through the author's imagination. I'm sure Ed Ricketts was a wonderful friend to John Steinbeck, but never quite as colorful and endearing as the pictures painted in his stories.
Granted also, the baseball pitcher subplot didn't exist in either 'Cannery Row' nor 'Sweet Thursday', but it's very effective in illustrating the movie's central theme. Which is, that like ourselves, these characters are always dealing with everything else which took place in their lives, prior to this moment in time. We can either run and hide from our past, or face it and embrace our lives for what they have - and may - become.
Like others, I'd love to see this movie available on DVD. Maybe then they'd include Dr. John's wonderful soundtrack, and I'd be able to see 'The Making of Cannery Row' short again.
...and John Huston's narration should have won him another Oscar.
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Cute movie! My how time flies! What ever happened to Debra Winger?Published 1 month ago by Kimberly Greene
Cannery Row is an excellent story by John Steinbeck and the film did not disappoint. Nick Nolte and Debra Winger were fabulous in their roles!Published 1 month ago by Rainy Knight
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