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Candy
Candy
Actors: Heath Ledger, Abbie Cornish, Geoffrey Rush, Tom Budge, Roberto Meza-Mont
Director: Neil Armfield
Genres: Drama
R     2007     1hr 48min

Oscar®-nominee Heath Ledger stars as Dan, a charming but reckless young poet who falls in love with Candy (Abbie Cornish), a beautiful young student who is attracted to his bohemian lifestyle. In order to get closer to Dan...  more »

     

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Actors: Heath Ledger, Abbie Cornish, Geoffrey Rush, Tom Budge, Roberto Meza-Mont
Director: Neil Armfield
Creators: Neil Armfield, Andrew Mackie, Angus Finney, Emile Sherman, Iain Canning, Libby Sharpe, Luke Davies
Genres: Drama
Sub-Genres: Love & Romance
Studio: Velocity / Thinkfilm
Format: DVD - Color,Full Screen,Widescreen - Closed-captioned,Subtitled
DVD Release Date: 03/27/2007
Release Year: 2007
Run Time: 1hr 48min
Screens: Color,Full Screen,Widescreen
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 3
MPAA Rating: R (Restricted)
Languages: English
Subtitles: Spanish

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Member Movie Reviews

Janice H.
Reviewed on 6/24/2014...
Stunning performances by Heath Ledger, Abbie Cornish and the entire cast. Gritty, realistic portrayal of the destructiveness of drug addiction.
1 of 1 member(s) found this review helpful.
Daniel B. from WARSAW, NY
Reviewed on 3/17/2011...
ELECTRIFYING CHEMISTRY AND REALISTIC PERFORMANCES A DARKLY COMPELLING TALE CHARACTERS JUMP OFF THE SCREEN
2 of 2 member(s) found this review helpful.
Sheryl B. (Momof2boys)
Reviewed on 6/16/2010...
The synopsis on the artwork of this movie states it is a love story between a boy, a girl, and a drug, and I don't think I could explain it any better. The acting was superb, and really made this story come to life. What touched me most was how much the main characters, Dan and Candy, loved each other, and at the same time how low they would go to obtain money for heroin. This movie portrays how their addition becomes central to their relationship. Excellent and thought-provoking.
1 of 1 member(s) found this review helpful.
Jeannine W. (jrelehw) from LONDONDERRY, NH
Reviewed on 8/23/2009...
WOW! Very intense! Beautiful, touching and repellent. Ive been thinking about this movie ever since I watched it. Heath Ledger is awesome as always! The world misses him!
2 of 2 member(s) found this review helpful.

Movie Reviews

White Candy
Daitokuji31 | Black Glass | 02/21/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Back in 2002 I went through a phase in which I wanted to read novels concerning heroin addiction. I read Ryu Murakami's Almost Transparent Blue, William S. Burroughs' Junky and Queer, and Hunter S. Thompson's, more about excessive drug use than heroin addiction, one after the other. I am not quite sure how I came across Candy: A Novel of Love and Addiction, but its green cover depicting nothing more than a couple of rusted spoons fascinated me and I purchased the novel and read it over a couple of days. I must say while the book was not quite as well written as some of the previous books that I have mentioned, Candy had some of the most grueling and wretched chapters that I have ever read concerning both withdrawal and filth that total addiction can become. (There was a scene in the book when the narrator had to pull out crabs from one of Candy's most private areas in the novel which, of course, did not make it into the film) Sow when I heard that Candy had been made into a film I was on it like white on rice.

Candy opens with Dan, Heath Ledger, a friend, and his girlfriend Candy getting ready to take some heroin. Dan chops up the dope finely with a razorblade for the girl to snort, but she tells him that she wants to do it his way by injection. Unfortunately after her first time taking heroin this way, Candy nearly dies, but is saved by Dan when he injects her with salt water. This brief scene foreshadows the downfall the couple will face, but their strong bond of love, as well as addiction carries them on and they eventually marry much to the discontent of Candy's white bread family. After their marriage, and as their addiction grows, the young couple begin to steal more and Candy becomes a prostitute to support their habit. When will it end?

Candy is a slow, meditative film on the horrors of addiction and how said addiction can not only destroy oneself, but those around one as well and while it might not be quite as hard hitting as the novel, it is still an example of some quite good filmmaking."
A Poignant Little Drug Drama
Joshua Miller | Coeur d'Alene,ID | 04/03/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)

""Candy" is a poignant little drama dealing with both drugs and a relationship, and more specifically the drugs that affect that relationship.

Heath Ledger gives one of his best performances as Dan, a heroin addict who meets Candy (Abbie Cornish), at first a young innocent girl. Immediately, Dan and Candy become inseparable wanting to do everything together. Pretty soon, Candy is also a heroin addict and the couple are scrambling to get money to feed their habit...Meanwhile, there is their friend Casper (Geoffrey Rush, who gives Oscar-worthy supporting work) who both encourages them to quit, but supplies them when they need any.

Now, I've seen a lot of drug movies, great ones (Requiem for a Dream, Spun, A Scanner Darkly, Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas, Jesus' Son, etc.); But never until this one have I seen a drug movie that could actually convince people to stop doing drugs or to never do them at all. The filmmakers went incredibly realistic for their portrayal of drug use and how it affects people and many of the scenes were painful to watch. The withdrawal scene in particular is agonizing, as is the following "labor" scene...All the performances in this film are incredible; Especially Ledger, Rush, and Cornish. The script, based on a novel by Luke Davies, doesn't go for all the cliches that have made up many other movies before it. "Candy" is a movie that had it not been such a small production, it could've scored some Oscar nominations...This is a great little film and I highly recommend that if you're reading this you see it.

GRADE: A"
Brilliant and absorbing
LisaLuvsMovies | St. Louis, MO USA | 02/01/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Sadly I give my review after Heath Ledger's death...I have watched this movie several times in bits and pieces over the past two months and have gotten something new from it each time. I got the chance to sit and watch the whole thing through on January 21st. This movie sucks you in and holds your attention.

It runs the gambit of emotions. It made me cry with their losses; it made me mad they had no strength; and when their spirits broke - well, you'll just need to watch it. This is a story from a bright beginning down the dark path to an ending that was beautifully perfomed and which put Heath Ledger in the top 3 on my list of favorite actors. I already miss the movies we will never see from this man."