May 25th, 2006


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A poet falls in love with an art student who gravitates to his bohemian lifestyle -- and his love of heroin. Hooked as much on one another as they are on the drug, their relationship alternates between states of oblivion, self-destruction, and despair.

Release Year: 2006

Rating: 7.2/10 (16,475 voted)

Critic's Score: 57/100

Director: Neil Armfield

Stars: Heath Ledger, Abbie Cornish, Geoffrey Rush

This story is a narration from an Australian man who falls in love with two kinds of Candy: a woman of the same name and heroin. The narrator changes from a smart-aleck to someone trying to find a vein to inject, while Candy changes from an actress, call girl, streetwalker, and then a madwoman. Starting in Sydney, the two eventually end up in Melbourne to go clean, but they fail. This leads them to turn to finding money and heroin, while other posessions and attachments become unimportant.

Writers: Luke Davies, Neil Armfield

Abbie Cornish - Candy
Heath Ledger - Dan
Geoffrey Rush - Casper
Tom Budge - Schumann
Roberto Meza Mont - Jorge
Tony Martin - Mr. Wyatt
Noni Hazlehurst - Mrs. Wyatt
Holly Austin - Sunglasses Shop Assistant
Craig Moraghan - Washing Machine Dealer
John Lee - Hock Shop Man
Noel Herriman - Celebrant
Tim McKenzie - Uncle Rod
Tara Morice - Aunt Katherine
Maddi Newling - Janey
Patricia Lemon - Wedding Guest

Taglines: Love is a high you can never come down from


Official Website: Dendy Films [Australia] |

Release Date: 25 May 2006

Filming Locations: Australia

Opening Weekend: $3,646 (USA) (19 November 2006) (1 Screen)

Gross: $44,720 (USA) (4 February 2007)

Technical Specs

Runtime:Australia:  | UK:  | USA:  | Hong Kong:  | UK: (uncut)

Did You Know?

The man who gives Dan and Candy the milk cartons is Luke Davies, the author of the novel "Candy" the movie is based on.

Revealing mistakes: The copyright statement "Ownership of this motion picture is protected by copyright and other applicable laws, and any unauthorized duplication, distribution or exhibition of this motion picture could result in criminal prosecution as well as civil liability" appears to times back-to-back at the end of the end credits.

Dan: [HELL] Everything we ever did we did with the best of intentions, but events tumbled and the years pile up, the world is very bewildering to a junkie... and still you cling to the concept of change.

User Review

Not for the faint hearted

Rating: 10/10

If there is any one movie I would ever recommend to discourage someone from trying Heroin or even to stop someone who is doing it this is the movie I would show them.

I was somewhat blasé when my girlfriend chose this as our weekly movie that we go see, personally I actually wanted to go see Superman Returns, possibly because it had Heath Ledger in it, possibly because it was just another druggie movie. I'm still not sure whether we should have just gone to see Superman, not because it was a bad movie, quite the opposite. I have to say that this is one of the best movies I have ever seen (and that is quite a claim I know), but I don't think that I could ever see it again.

That said, I would definitely recommend this to you all. It is a brilliant piece, frighteningly realistic, intense and very powerful. I never wanted to try Heroin ever and this film certainly hit that home. If I ever hear someone say they want to try it normally I would just call them an idiot and leave it alone, but now I think I would absolutely go off at them. This movie certainly cannot be accused of glorifying drugs.

Heath Ledger and Abbie Cornish totally made this movie their own. Their chemistry is at times absolutely beautiful and wonderful, and at other times frightening and unnerving. The number one feeling this movie left me with was quite uncomfortable and also somewhat disturbed. And that I believe is exactly what this movie was attempting to do, realism at it's best. Berthold Brecht himself couldn't have done better himself.

I've never seen Abbie Cornish in anything else before this, but if her other work is as brilliant as her performance as Candy in this film, point me in it's direction. Abbie was absolutely brilliant, especially in the wide range of emotions and personalities she had to portray.

My one criticism for this film (if you could call it a criticism) is that it may be too realistic (it is almost as if someone had just filmed this couple's life and put it in the cinema) and some scenes could be somewhat disturbing for some people but I believe that is the point of the film. Call it a warning.

I know this isn't exactly the most well written review and I hope it makes sense, but this is one film I have actually been motivated to write a review about and I thoroughly recommend it to anyone.