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ROBBIE ROBERTSON IN 'CARNY' WITH GARY BUSEY & JODIE FOSTER

Robby Robertson in CARNY Year: 1980 Rating: ***1/2

Be prepared for freaks and frolic, white trash marauders and by far one of the strangest romances ever to be filmed… And if you can handle an over five-minute scene with Gary Busey’s crazy clown-faced Frankie sitting in a dunk booth, yelling taunts at anyone and everyone to take a turn throwing a ball to bring him into the water… all for a price, mind you… then you’ll really enjoy CARNY co-starring teenage Jodie Foster as freespirited Donna...

Saddled with such an uptight and jerky date (Craig Wasson) that anyone would be a better replacement, she takes to Frankie’s charm right away, and soon joins him in the sack and on the road, into the life of the Carnies managed by The Band guitarist Robbie Robertson as Patch, Frankie’s more serious-minded partner: he's the comparably even-keeled metronome that keeps everything under control, distrusting his buddy’s lustful romance with the teenager, who seems to have cursed the outfit by her presence alone...

Gary Busey in CARNY

These Carnies (from barker Elisha Cook Jr., string-pulling temptress Meg Foster and backstage boss Kenneth McMillan) are actually Con Artists, and we see each surreptitiously crooked game bilking more and more money from customers as the chemistry between the trio works along with the offbeat ride...

But halfway through something happens, or doesn't happen: Frankie and Patch become bitter and frustrated, arguing over the young girl as well as their questionable future while some bad investors want to end the entire gig, and it seems like a lucrative ten minutes was cut somewhere in the middle: turning an otherwise edgy glimpse into the Carnival existence into a DUKES OF HAZZARD episode.

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