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John Candy discussion and poll: pick your 4 favorite films

Discussion in 'Visual Arts' started by David Fischer, Jan 10, 2021.

  1. David Fischer

    David Fischer Forum Resident Thread Starter

    Pittsburgh, PA
    A lot of discussion on the forum of John Candy (including a couple of threads dedicated to Candy), and rightfully so. He is a beloved actor that has many unforgettable characters, and of the most likable people in Hollywood. He could play the "every man" with heart, tenderness, silliness, and had great comedic delivery and timing. One of his underrated aspects is how well he could play supporting roles, having cameos and smaller roles but made the most of them.

    I didn't include the voice over films (Hot To Trot, Rescuers Down Under)... I would've included them if the poll allowed more options.
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  2. pokemaniacjunk

    pokemaniacjunk Forum Resident

    south paris maine
    I voted for Plane, Train and Automobiles and Home Alone because they're the only movies of his I've seen.

    I do plan on watching spaceballs and Armed and Dangerous though.

    Also I loved his work on SCTV
  3. Hanglow

    Hanglow ...hangin' out with your mom

    Saratoga New York
    My favorite of his even though he was only a supporting cast member, gotta go with Stripes. I don't know but
    the supporting cast really made this movie,John Larroquette,Herold Ramis,.....Warren Oates....Uncle Hulka?:biglaugh:
    Conrad Dunn....."Lighten up Francis.....psycho":biglaugh:

    Murray portraying the slacker was good...but I think having Candy in this
    really made it great...Dewey Oxburger....a Lean, Mean, Fightin' Machine !


  4. kouzie

    kouzie Forum Resident

    Batavia, IL
    Nearly impossible to say, but Candy stole Stripes from Murray. Everything Candy did in that film was gold.
    I voted PTA, Stripes, Vacation and JFK. I would have loved to have seen more dramatic from John as he was excellent in JFK.
  5. fr in sc

    fr in sc Forum Resident

    Hanahan, SC
    Just as in Splash---he stole it from Tom Hanks.
  6. agaraffa

    agaraffa Forum Resident

    Raleigh, NC
    Planes, Trains, and Automobiles
    The Great Outdoors
    Uncle Buck
  7. Hadean75

    Hadean75 Forum Moonlighter

    The Blues Brothers
    Home Alone
    Rookie Of The Year
  8. Not known for serious acting , I totally dug his small role in 'JFK '
    " You're as crazy as your mama. Goes to show it's in the genes ! The government's going to jump all over your head ,Jim , and go cock-a-doodle-do ! "
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  9. Duke Fame

    Duke Fame Sold out the Enormodome

    Tampa, FL
    Great thread idea!!

    I went with:
    Uncle Buck
    The Great Outdoors

    He basically stole every scene he was in for Stripes, so I'd pick that as his best even though he wasn't a lead character.
  10. SirCandy

    SirCandy Well-Known Member

    In order of his best performances:

    Planes, Trains and Automobiles
    Uncle Buck
    The Blues Brothers

    Honorable mention goes to " Vacation ".
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  11. Veronica Mars

    Veronica Mars Forum Resident

    He didn't make a lot of great movies but he was often great in whatever movie he was in.
  12. jojopuppyfish

    jojopuppyfish Senior Member

    Planes trains and Automobiles is by far his best role.

    I do miss him. Died way to young.
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  13. beccabear67

    beccabear67 Musical Omnivore

    Victoria, Canada
    Only The Lonely
    Planes, Trains And Automobiles
    The Great Outdoors

    In that order.
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  14. George Co-Stanza

    George Co-Stanza Forum Resident

    Even though I love Home Alone, Vacation and Blues Brothers, he had very small roles in each, and I wanted to vote for films where he was a lead or major supporting character, thus I went with:

    Uncle Buck
    Planes, Trains and Automobiles
    Brewster's Millions

    I liked Summer Rental and The Great Outdoors both a lot when I was kid, but neither has aged well. I don't find either funny anymore, outside of a few chuckles.
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  15. kwadguy

    kwadguy Senior Member

    Cambridge, MA
    Some of these are good films that Candy only had a small part in.

    Of the films where he was the lead actor, Planes, Trains & Automobiles wins this poll for me, running away.
  16. pool_of_tears

    pool_of_tears Searching For Simplicity

    Eastern Iowa
  17. Daniel Plainview

    Daniel Plainview God's Lonely Man

    Blue Brothers
    Planes Trains Automobile
  18. Bluesman Mark

    Bluesman Mark But I'm innocent! Swan stole my music & framed me!

    So far I'm the only one who voted for Going Berserk! :laugh:

    Along with The Blues Brothers, Stripes & Planes, Trains & Automobiles.
    Last edited: Jan 10, 2021
  19. He was at his absolute best in the greatest ensemble comedy show ever made - SCTV.
    I've seen these episodes dozens of times and they still make me laugh.
  20. They also, in my opinion, completely blow away Saturday Night Live when the whole scope of work is taken into account...but SNL gets the press and fanfare.
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  21. mmars982

    mmars982 Forum Resident

    Pittsburgh, PA
    Only the Lonely and Cool Runnings are two great later movies of his.

    Planes, Trains and Automobiles and Uncle Buck are easy picks for me as well.
  22. Bluesman Mark

    Bluesman Mark But I'm innocent! Swan stole my music & framed me!

    Still no love for Going Berserk?

    Maybe this'll help:

    Jerome Willy Muhammed: I know the police out there... with their machine guns and helicopters. Oh, we're going to get blown away! But that's all right... because we're ready to die.

    John Bourgignon: No, we're not.

    Chick Leff: Now what are you going to say to her?

    John Bourgignon: I'm going to take your advice. I'm going to sit her down. Look her in the eyes. And lie my ass off.

    Chick Leff: Always works, Johnny.

  23. Duke Fame

    Duke Fame Sold out the Enormodome

    Tampa, FL
    You might be the only one who has seen it :laugh:

    Seriously though, that's a movie that I may have seen but if I did it was only once and probably when it first came to cable or video. Many others might be in the same boat as me.
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  24. Ignatius

    Ignatius Forum Resident

    Summer Rental for me. Not his funniest movie but I like how he interacted with Rip Torn's Robert Shaw knockoff character.
    "Are there any more of those goldfish crackers?"
    "Ye ate em' all!"
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  25. GeetarFreek

    GeetarFreek Forum Resident

    I just loved John Candy, he was always great even if his vehicles weren’t. Whenever he was on screen it was a good time.

    Still feel his loss, rare comedic gift he had.

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