Edgy tale [from a story by Phoebe and Robert Kaylor and Robbie Robertson] of three born outsiders living on a tightrope vividly recalls, both in style and content, the doom-laden films noir of the late 1940s.
Gary Busey plays a slightly demented bozo in a cage who mercilessly taunts spectators trying to dump him into water by throwing baseballs. Busey hooks up with runaway Jodie Foster.
As the carny makes its way through the South, Foster is gradually assimilated into the band of outcasts and a three-way relationship develops.
Busey is tremendous. Foster, ostensibly playing her first ‘adult’ role, works wonders with a somewhat underwritten part.
Director Kaylor displays an unerring eye for atmosphere and detail.