Frankie (Busey) and Patch (Robertson) have a system. Frankie wears clown makeup and sits in the dunk-tank cage, insulting midway passersby. Patch collects dollars from marks eager to make Frankie take a dive. Then Donna (Foster)came along.
Variety - 05/21/1980
"...[The film] remains provocative throughout....Busey is tremendous..."
New York Times - 06/13/1980
"...Full of authentic carnival atmosphere....[Foster] shows every sign of becoming one of our most versatile and talented motion picture actresses..."
Description by OLDIES.com:
Frankie (Gary Busey) and Patch (Robbie Robertson) have a system. Frankie wears clown makeup and sits in the dunk-tank cage, howling insults at midway passersby. Patch is out front collecting dollars from marks eager to make Frankie and his big mouth take a dive. It's a good town-to-town living for the two pals. Then Donna (Jodie Foster) came along.
A charismatic star trio energizes this grit-and-glitter slice of carnival life that's as atmospheric as a stroll down midway USA. Indeed, music man Robertson, who co-produced and penned the story on which the screenplay was based, once worked as a carny. He and his collaborators ensure that time spent with the impressive sights and unique personalities of this traveling show will be downright unforgettable."
A traveling carnival is the background for this sexy drama. Excellent performance by Foster as the young romantic interest of both Busey and Robertson.
A look at the grit and glitter of carnival life. A teenage girl enters the life of two partners: a clown who sits in a cage screaming insults at midway passersby, and a hustler, who stands out front collecting money from marks eager to dunk the clown in water. She runs away from home and rides along with them to the next venue, eventually creating controversy and jealousy between the two.
Shot in Metrocolor, Technicolor prints.
Carol Scott was the strip choreographer; Opticals done by the Westheimer Company; titles by Wayne Fitzgerald.
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