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In this edgy tale that recalls the moody Nightmare Alley, Gary Busey, Robbie Robertson, and Jodie Foster play three social outcasts who hitch up with a traveling carnival plying its way through the sucker-belt in the rural South. Gary Busey plays Frankie, the nominal hero, who works at the carnival as a bozo in the dunking tank who belittles the patrons trying to dump him in the water. Patch (Robbie Robertson) is another carnival worker, on the outside looking in. When Donna (Jodie Foster), a young runaway, takes up with the show, she gradually becomes part of the roving band, and a tangled… More

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Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The ambiance turns out to be much richer than the narrative."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Carny is a tightly structured, atmospherically rich little movie that works."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
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