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I love this movie. it was beautifully done with a combination of depth of emotion as well as humorous touches. Very entertaining, which is why I watch TCM.
I am a fan of John Steinbeck. Of all of his novels Cannery Row and the more obscure Sweet Thursday are the best in character creation. Nolte and Winger were the very best of the selection of those who were in the run up to the production of this film. I never saw Frank Macrae again but he was real as Hazel. This was an almost perfect rendering of the two novels necessarily truncated to observe time limits.
This might have been a good film if only the screen writer and director had taken the time to read the novels upon which it was based. Loosely and I mean LOOSELY adapted from John Steinbeck's novels "Cannery Row" and its sequel "Sweet Thursday", all the magic that was in them was squeezed out leaving a limp, shriveled and hollow thing in their place. It was like a blind man attempting to paint a sunset; he could only fail. Not because of a lack of effort but simply because he was unable to see what was there. That was the grievous fault of this production. Its makers had great material to work with but they simply could not see what was there.
The very best
The characters are so memorable that the movie is my all time favorite. The seer and his relationship to the Doc says everything about the people "on the row." This needs to be reintroduced to the public and put on DVD!
Thank you for making this on DVD!
This is a heartwarming and hilarious movie. My kids watched this as teenagers over and over again until we wore out the VHS tape. It has so many funny moments and lot's of little "finds" within the film, such as the"sequined hands" on the shoulders of Debra Winger'sdress in the dinner scene. My family will be so excitedto get this DVD!!! We have looked for many years for another chance to see this movie.
The critics missed this one
This movie got roundly panned by the critics when it came out, so few people saw it, but they missed a classic. Ornamenting a fundamental American/Christian theme -- redemption -- are vignettes that are touching, hilarious and mythical -- the collective communal memory (real or imagined) of an isolated community of lovable, fallible, impoverished misfits -- squatters in the ruins of vanished fishing prosperity. Endowed with the atmosphere of myth by the deadpan narration of John Huston. Is it Steinbeck? Who cares?
A gem of a movie.
This is a gem of a movie. While not exactly true to Steinbeck's books, it absolutely captures their feeling. Why isn't everybody begging to see it again or that it be released on DVD? Simple: almost nobody has ever seen it.
great movie!!! nolte & winger were great togather. movie should be on dvd.
I never tire of this one
This is a charming meld and adaptation of Steinbeck's Cannery Row and Sweet Thursday. If you've read the novels you won't be a bit bothered by the screenplay's departure from them. If you haven't read the books, you'll love this movie's warmth, charm and humor. John Huston's narration puts it over the top. If anyone ever pays attention to these reviews or votes, you may someday have the opportunity to enjoy this one on DVD.
Cannery Row A+ Classic
- Skip Rains
Stinbeck's classic study of human joy and tragedy of the 1930's and 1940's in the depressed fishing area of California this movie has a great musical score and story
Cannery Row a Must See
This is a classic, one of the best ever. Great cast and directing and a great human interest story.This needs to be put on DVD to make available to everyone wanting to see a great movie.
Cannery Row.....on DVD....please!!
I agree with Peg and Mac. PLEASE....make this available on DVD. It's a classic and I would love to give to my husband as a gift. Thank you!
Cannery Row on DVD
This is one of the best movies of all times. Great acting, directing and stellar sound track (wish I could purchase it). I just bought a tape of the movie on ebay. Would love to get a DVD. Who do we have to beg to get this?
My all-time favorite.
- Mac MacAllister
Heart-warming story, great cast and direction, and suberbly crafted. Please, someone, make this available on DVD or show it on TCM.
It's a shame it's not on DVD
- Bob Cuff
This is a very entertaining fell good movie and why it has been ignored by those that provide home DVD's is a huge shame. One can only hope that Turner Classic Movies can light a fire under their backsides and Cannery Row will come to home DVD.
Cannery Row should be on DVD!
I cannot believe the garbage movies you can purchase on DVD, but a classic like Cannery Row is ignored. It's a wonderful movie that is true to the flavor of John Steinbeck's writing. Kind of a blend between his books Sweet Thursday and Cannery Row. Definitely worth seeing.
Cannery Row Should Not Be Forgotten
This very entertaining movie starring Nick Nolte and Debra Winger should be available for new generations to enjoy. It has remained one of my favorites since its release. Nolte's character "Doc" was particularly endearing. This movie has so many interesting characters. John Huston's narration is the icing on the cake. I don't understand why it has remained overlooked.