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Director:
Writers:
Leonard Gardner (screenplay)
Leonard Gardner (novel)
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Release Date:
26 July 1972 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
Two men, working as professional boxers, come to blows when their careers each begin to take opposite momentum. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
Nominated for Oscar. Another 3 wins See more »
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(69 articles)
User Reviews:
Disturbingly Good and More Relevant Than Ever See more (46 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Stacy Keach ... Tully

Jeff Bridges ... Ernie

Susan Tyrrell ... Oma

Candy Clark ... Faye

Nicholas Colasanto ... Ruben
Art Aragon ... Babe
Curtis Cokes ... Earl
Sixto Rodriguez ... Lucero
Billy Walker ... Wes
Wayne Mahan ... Buford
Ruben Navarro ... Fuentes
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Álvaro López ... Rosales (uncredited)
Carl D. Parker ... Paymaster (uncredited)
Al Silvani ... Referee at Tully-Lucero Fight (uncredited)

Directed by
John Huston 
 
Writing credits
Leonard Gardner (screenplay)

Leonard Gardner (novel "Fat City")

Produced by
David Dworski .... associate producer
John Huston .... producer
Ray Stark .... producer
 
Cinematography by
Conrad L. Hall  (as Conrad Hall)
 
Film Editing by
Walter Thompson 
 
Casting by
Fred Roos 
Jennifer Shull 
 
Production Design by
Richard Sylbert 
 
Set Decoration by
Morris Hoffman 
 
Costume Design by
Dorothy Jeakins 
 
Makeup Department
Virginia Jones .... hair stylist
Jack H. Young .... makeup artist (as Jack Young)
 
Production Management
Russell Saunders .... unit production manager (as Russ Saunders)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Russell Saunders .... assistant director (as Russ Saunders)
Terry Carr .... second assistant director (uncredited)
Al Silvani .... second assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Richard M. Rubin .... property master
Charles Gay .... leadman (uncredited)
Bob Lawless .... painter (uncredited)
George Luxemberg .... props (uncredited)
Bill Parks .... construction coordinator (uncredited)
Hank Stonecipher .... construction coordinator (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Tom Overton .... sound
Arthur Piantadosi .... sound
Dennis Jones .... boom operator (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Paul Stewart .... special effects
 
Stunts
Nick Bullom .... stunts (uncredited)
Rachel Schedler .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Howard Boyles .... grip (uncredited)
James Dean .... grip (uncredited)
Thomas Del Ruth .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Jack Gereghty .... still photographer (uncredited)
Danny Gordon .... grip (uncredited)
Keith McClintock .... electrician (uncredited)
Richard Moore .... additional photographer (uncredited)
Martin Rhode .... camera assistant (uncredited)
Larry Ricketts .... best boy (uncredited)
Larry Stott .... electrician (uncredited)
Harry Sundby .... gaffer (uncredited)
Don Vervase .... camera operator (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
John A. Anderson .... wardrobe (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Margaret Booth .... supervising editor
Abe Lincoln Jr. .... assistant editor (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Kenneth Hall .... music editor (as Ken Hall)
Marvin Hamlisch .... music supervisor
 
Transportation Department
Robert Fish .... driver: Hollywood (uncredited)
Robert Fish .... driver: honeywagon (uncredited)
Vern Jacobs .... driver: generator (uncredited)
Vern Jacobs .... driver: trailer (uncredited)
Vern Jacobs .... transportation gaffer (uncredited)
Duke Robbins .... driver: Hollywood (uncredited)
Duke Robbins .... driver: mobile equipment truck (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Wayne Fitzgerald .... title designer
Gladys Hill .... assistant: John Huston
Marshall Schlom .... script supervisor
Denny Shanahan .... unit publicist
Art 'Klondike' Jones .... craft serviceman (uncredited)
Vince Martinez .... auditor (uncredited)
Lorry McCauley .... secretary to producer (uncredited)
Chuck Mierkey .... police contact (uncredited)
Edwin Perlstein .... business affairs (uncredited)
Al Silvani .... fight consultant (uncredited)
Brad Siniard .... first aid (uncredited)
Bob Wood .... location manager (uncredited)
Bob Ziegler .... location manager (uncredited)
 
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100 min
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Color (Technicolor)
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Trivia:
John Huston originally wanted Beau Bridges to play Ernie, but the actor felt he was too old. He recommended his own brother, Jeff Bridges for the part.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When Oma proposes a toast to Tully at the bar, suddenly she's holding a lighted cigarette, which vanishes again in the next shot.See more »
Quotes:
Tully:[first lines]
Tully:Hey kid. You want to spar a little?
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34 out of 40 people found the following review useful.
Disturbingly Good and More Relevant Than Ever, 11 September 2003
Author: secragt from United States

Huston always had an eye for characters. His movies almost all dealt with the concerns of lower middle class working joes, the "regular fellows" with whom Huston somehow identified in the romantic Hemingwayesque lantern jawed "a man's gotta do what a man's gotta do" tradition. But his characters were more than mere macho he-men. They displayed genuine and uncommonly powerful vulnerabilities, hopes and dreams, flaws and finally cynicism. After an incredible first 20-plus creative years, Huston floundered for almost a decade with commercial and artistic disappointments (FREUD, THE BIBLE, THE KREMLIN LETTER, SINFUL DAVEY among them) before coming back to his wheelhouse with the carefully subdued yet deeply affecting character study FAT CITY.

FAT CITY is a grand return to form for Huston precisely because it is so indelibly imbued with real life in the form of its unforgettably true characters. None of these people are particularly remarkable individuals (frankly they are mostly below average in self-awareness, skills and intelligence), yet because Huston is so skillful at revealing character through the carefully structured unfolding (and gradual unhinging) of Keach's character, we are given insights which Keach (and Bridges and Candy Clark and the wonderful Nicholas Colasanto) can't make for themselves because they are too close to their own situations. Bridges has a nice interlude and Colasanto is so good in his limited Burgess Meredith Mickeyesque role, but the heart of this movie is Stacy Keach, who rises to the occasion with uncommon subtlety and power. It is a rare movie that can document losers in their daily lives without editorializing or sermonizing. FAT CITY takes an unflinching glance at these people and shows us things which seem prosaic on the surface but which upon examination hide deeper meaning (and heartbreak).

There are no pyrotechnics, no real twists, no witty or stand out dialogue exchanges, not much going on with the camera (though Hall's coloring is as always very well chosen), and very little budget on display in FAT CITY. It appears Huston shot pretty much everything on location in the flophouses around Stockton, CA. Yet the performances are uniformly outstanding and we come to care about these losers as they fumpher through life kidding themselves about where they've been, where they are and where they are going. I can't think of a movie where less actually happens to the characters (maybe BARFLY) but where I still find myself so deeply involved. Whenever I see it playing on the tube I generally stay with it all the way. There are very few movies in that league for me.

Warning: do NOT go in expecting crowd-pleasing Rocky-esque boxing sequences. This is less the story of a Rocky and more the story of a Spider Rico (the "ham n' egger" Rocky beats up in his first fight and from whom we never hear again.) The movie disguises itself as a Horato Alger-like comeback or underdog story initially, but it is ultimately one of the bleakest, realest character studies you're ever likely to see. One of the best Huston movies to come after the 1960s and a downbeat classic. 9/10.

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