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Fat City (1972)

PG | | Drama, Sport | 26 July 1972 (USA)
Two men, working as professional boxers, come to blows when their careers each begin to take opposite momentum.

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Oma
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Earl
Sixto Rodriguez ...
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Billy Walker ...
Wes
Wayne Mahan ...
Buford
Ruben Navarro ...
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Storyline

The film tells the story of two boxers and their problems. One of them is on the decline of his career while the other one just begins his ascent in this sport. Written by Volker Boehm

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Drama | Sport

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26 July 1972 (USA)  »

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Grad izobilja  »

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Trivia

At the start of the scene when Ernie and Faye discuss pregnancy and marriage in the car, the intro to Bread's "If" (a hit ballad that climbed to no. 4 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 in the spring of 1971) starts up on the car radio, and Ernie irritably switches stations a couple of times before settling on the original station again, so the rest of "If" plays out under their dialogue. See more »

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During the bar scene, the barrette in Susan Tyrrell's hair moves all over the place from shot to shot. See more »

Quotes

Tully: [first lines]
Tully: Hey kid. You want to spar a little?
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Referenced in V.I.P.: Raging Val (1999) See more »

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If
Written by David Gates
Performed by Bread
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A Champion of a Film
19 January 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

John Huston's 1972 production of FAT CITY is a masterpiece of film-making and acting. It's more than just a movie of boxing, it's symbolic of the American Dream gone depressingly wrong. Stacy Keach in the finest role of his outstanding career is symbolic of "every-man". His dreams are based on professional successes, which by gaining money and fame, he will be happy in his life. As we know in so many cases, that obtaining fame and money leads many people down an even deeper road of depression and self-destruction. For without emotional success, without love, a person is empty inside. A powerful film. Not a boxing film at all. Boxing is merely the symbolism here; fighting to succeed. "I win the fight and I get my wife back", says Keach's character, Billy Tully.

A great movie, but one that leaves you feeling sad; pondering your own hopes, dreams, and desires. A remarkable supporting cast, high-lighted by a young Jeff Bridges, make FAT CITY one of John Huston's most memorable films. A Champion of movie-making.


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