- 1 hr 47 min
Carny is the 1980 suspense drama about a couple of carnival workers who move from town to town with their seedy, small-time show. The movie was written and directed by Robert Kaylor. Frankie (Gary Busey) and Patch (Robby Robertson) are tiresome carnival hustlers who will do anything to make a quick buck. From donning a clown outfit to hurling insults at ball throwers while sitting in the water dunking machine, they continue their repetitive acts on a daily basis. The carnival moves from town to town, usually lining the pockets of the local authorities, who turn a blind eye at their shenanigans. besides Frankie and Patch, the carnival has an eclectic set of characters such as long-time carny Gerta (Meg Ryan), Nails (Theodore Wilson) and Heavy St. John (Kenneth McMillan). Small town waitress Donna (Jodie Foster) is tired of her job and seeks some excitement in her life. She meets up with Frankie, who persuades her to join up with the troupe. After initially watching what goes on behind the scenes, Donna decides to become an official member of the carnival. Frankie shows Donna all the tricks of the carnival trade, which includes ripping off gullible customers to selling her wares to make a quick buck. Donna's addition to the troupe soon begins to take its toll on Frankie and Patch's relationship. Donna is young, but intelligent and knows how to work her feminine wiles to her advantage. Robertson is now becoming attracted to the alluring young woman but holds off due to the nature of her relationship with Frankie. Donna is however interested in Patch. The relationship between Patch and Frankie becomes further strained when Frankie catches him in bed with Donna. At the end of the day, its all about the money and the trio stay friends.