Candy Mountain

Released by Low Road Productions, Inc., 1987

Starring Kevin O'Connor, Harris Yulin, Tom Waits, Bulle Ogier, David Johansen, Leon Redbone, Joe Strummer, Dr. John

Screenplay by Rudy Wurlitzer

Directed by Robert Frank & Rudy Wurlitzer

A struggling musician sets out to find the legendary guitar maker Elmore Silk, with whom he hopes to strike a deal to make himself rich and famous.

1987 San Sebastián International Film Festival — Silver Seashell Award


“(Robert) Frank has come to be seen as a national treasure.”
Los Angeles Times, 3/15/09

“Rudy Wurlitzer is a major American writer.”
Library Journal

“Beat writers Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg felt a kinship with Frank and his interest in documenting the fabric of contemporary society … he became the spokesperson for a generation of visual artists, musicians, and literary figures both in the United States and abroad.”
Pace/MacGill Gallery, New York

“ … there is something of a Rudy Wurlitzer renaissance going down in the pop culture zeitgeist; not only through the Criterion releases of Two-Lane Blacktop and Walker but also through a well-deserved re-examination of Wurlitzer’s long-forgotten work as a masterful novelist.”
Pop Matters



“… a small, quirky film, but it easily assumes the weight, ambition and success that many larger films aim for and miss.”
Caryn James, The New York Times

“… a quintessential road movie … a wry, laid-back Heart of Darkness … makes good use of Frank’s remarkable photographic eye and Wurlitzer’s witty, acerbic, and quasi-mystical handling of myth … a resonant reflection on the music business and a remarkable ode to wanderlust – with lots of good music.”
Jonathan Rosenbaum, The Chicago Reader

“… a shaggy dog, hipster road film.”
J. Hoberman, The Village Voice

Candy Mountain feels like something out of a time capsule, like a relic from a remote but treasured time.”
Hal Hinson, Washington Post

“Another look at Jack Kerouac's myth of the open road as truth, that's admirably co-directed  … The talented duo give this offbeat road movie an in-your-face realistic hipster's comical edge.”
Dennis Schwartz, Ozus’ World Movie Reviews


117 min., Color
VHS Edition — 1988



Candy Mountain (1988) is a movie about a struggling musician who sets out to find the legendary guitar maker Elmore Silk, with whom he hopes to strike a deal to make himself rich and famous.
In this scene (above) Julius visits a bar with Elmore, where they find a singer, played by the great Canadian Country singer Rita MacNeil, who recently passed away.
Directors: Robert Frank & Rudy Wurlitzer.
Other scenes from this movie, with Tom Waits, Leon Redbone and Dr. John, can be seen by following their links.