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The Candy Man (1969)

An American actress travels to Mexico to make a movie and brings her daughter with her. Upon arriving in Mexico, she is spotted by a drug dealer who also heads a kidnapping ring. He plants ... See full summary »


Herbert J. Leder


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Cast overview:
George Sanders ... Sidney Carter
Leslie Parrish ... Julie Evans
Manolo Fábregas ... Lt. Garcia (as Manuel Fábregas)
Pixie Hopkin Pixie Hopkin ... Maria Lopez
Félix González Félix González ... Felipe Lopez
Pedro Galván Pedro Galván ... Roger West
Gina Romand Gina Romand ... Greta Hansen
José Ángel Espinosa 'Ferrusquilla' José Ángel Espinosa 'Ferrusquilla' ... The Vagabond
Nancy Rodman Nancy Rodman ... Gwen Easterly
Chuck Anderson Chuck Anderson ... Lee Stevens
Carlos Cortés Carlos Cortés ... Rick Pierce
Tamara Garina Tamara Garina
John Kelly John Kelly ... Inspector
Lupita Ferrat Lupita Ferrat ... Jenny Stevens


An American actress travels to Mexico to make a movie and brings her daughter with her. Upon arriving in Mexico, she is spotted by a drug dealer who also heads a kidnapping ring. He plants one of his drug-addicted "customers" with the actress as her nanny in order to be kidnap the child for ransom, but things don't work out as planned. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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The first day brought the CANDY MAN ... the second day brought TERROR!


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Release Date:

February 1969 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Kidnapping - In den Fängen des Wahnsinns See more »

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Sagittarius Productions See more »
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Color (Eastmancolor)
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Who can take a sunrise?
1 December 2004 | by JohnSealSee all my reviews

The Candy Man is George Sanders, a nattily dressed dope peddler with a kidnapping sideline. When American starlet Julie (Leslie Parrish) flies into Mexico City for some promotional work, Sanders--in a creepy opening sequence--scopes out her young daughter as a potential victim. Thanks to one of his dope fiend customers, he insinuates a babysitter (Gina Roman) into Julie's household. Sure enough, nurse takes the incredibly homely child for a stroll in the park, where a series of misfortunes leads to her being accosted by a bereft mother (the enchanting Pixie Hopkins) whose real daughter has just died in the local hospital! Soon the police and the kidnappers are trying to hunt down the child. Who will find her first?

This isn't a good film, but it does have its moments. Sanders is excellent and doesn't display signs of the alcoholism that would kill him within a few short years. Hopkins is convincing as the addled mother who refuses to believe her real child is dead, and there's also a very cool Steppenwolf-style opening song by The Forum Quorum, an otherwise unknown rock band who were probably session musicians. Shot in Churubusco Studios, The Candy Man is a sweet example of late 60s psycho cinema.

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