Candy


2h 4m 1968

Brief Synopsis

Based on Terry Southern's satirical novel, a sendup of Voltaire's -Candide-. Young Candy is a college girl who seeks truth and meaning in life, encountering a variety of kookie characters and humorous sexual situations in the process.

Film Details

MPAA Rating
Release Date
Jan 1968
Premiere Information
New York opening: 17 Dec 1968
Production Company
Dear Film; Les Films Corona; Selmur Pictures
Distribution Company
Cinerama Releasing Corp.
Country
United States
Location
desert near Barstow, California, USA; Rome, Italy New York City, New York, USA
Screenplay Information
Based on the novel Candy by Terry Southern, Mason Hoffenberg (New York, 1964).

Technical Specs

Duration
2h 4m
Sound
Mono
Color
Color (Technicolor)

Synopsis

After being reprimanded for her lack of intellectual interests by her father, Candy, a naive adolescent, attends a reading given by the alcoholic Welsh poet McPhisto, who plies her with drink. In her gameroom she is assaulted by Emmanuel, the Mexican gardener. Displeased to discover her in Emmanuel's embrace, her schoolteacher father decides to exile Candy to New York City. En route to the airport, however, Candy is pursued by Emmanuel's three sisters, outraged because he has forsaken his priestly ambition. After an altercation, Candy boards the plane of General Smight, who exacts her favors in exchange for a transfusion for her injured father. In New York her father is the patient of egomaniacal brain surgeon Krankeit. Following the operation, the patient wanders away unnoticed. Candy visits Greenwich Village and participates in a pornographic film shot in a public lavatory by Jonathan J. John. She then encounters a benevolent hunchback in Central Park, who is afterwards revealed to be an archcriminal. In the trailer of a truck Candy discovers Grindl the Guru, a magus who teaches her the secrets of life during a drive to California. Searching for the Great Buddha, Candy finds a filthy hermit. He escorts her to a temple, where the pair have sexual relations. As a deluge destroys the temple and cleanses the hermit, Candy discovers that her lover has been her apparently amnesiac father. At a love-in, Candy is reunited with her many sexual partners, all in hippie garb, and afterwards assumed into the heavens.

Film Details

MPAA Rating
Release Date
Jan 1968
Premiere Information
New York opening: 17 Dec 1968
Production Company
Dear Film; Les Films Corona; Selmur Pictures
Distribution Company
Cinerama Releasing Corp.
Country
United States
Location
desert near Barstow, California, USA; Rome, Italy New York City, New York, USA
Screenplay Information
Based on the novel Candy by Terry Southern, Mason Hoffenberg (New York, 1964).

Technical Specs

Duration
2h 4m
Sound
Mono
Color
Color (Technicolor)

Quotes

Trivia

Film's writer is the strait-jacketed man in the elevator who becomes agitated at mention of Dr. Krankheit.

Notes

Filmed on location in Rome, New York City, and in the desert near Barstow, California. Original running time: 124 min. Opened in Paris in August 1970; running time: 110 min. Italian title: Candy e il sul pazzo mondo.

Miscellaneous Notes

Released in United States Winter December 17, 1968

dubbed English version

Released in United States Winter December 17, 1968