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Atlantic City (1980)

Atlantic City, USA (original title)
In a corrupt city, a small-time gangster and the estranged wife of a pot dealer find themselves thrown together in an escapade of love, money, drugs, and danger.

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Dreams. Becoming an Atlantic City croupier will help Sally realize her dream of going to Monte Carlo, a symbol of the glamorous life that has been evading her since escaping from Saskatchewan a decade ago. Lou dreams that he was a great mobster in the old days. Grace came to Atlantic City for a Betty Grable look-alike contest and stayed to become the wife of a mobster. A brief visit to Atlantic City by Sally's estranged husband will change the course of the lives of Sally and Lou. Written by Dale O'Connor <daleoc@interaccess.com>

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She made him become what he always wanted to be - a lover, a hero, a rich man...and a killer! See more »

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Crime | Drama | Romance

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3 April 1981 (USA)  »

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$7,200,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

The gigantic elephant structure with atop balcony viewing seen at the beginning of the picture is called "Lucy". It was built in 1881 for Margate, then known as South Atlantic City, as an attraction for both tourist and potential property buyers. "Lucy" was deteriorating and could have almost been demolished around the early 1970s until she was saved by the town's residents and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. See more »

Goofs

The elephant-shaped building Chrissie sees in the opening sequence is Lucy the Elephant, a landmark in Margate, NJ. Margate is south of Atlantic City. The vehicle she is in is clearly traveling south, AWAY from Atlantic City. See more »

Quotes

Lou: I'm a lover!
Grace Pinza: Numbnuts!
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Crazy Credits

As the end credits roll, an old building on the boardwalk is demolished to some of the tunes that appear earlier in the film. Each time the wrecking ball hits, we hear a cymbal crash and the soundtrack jumps to a different song. See more »

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Song of India
used with The Permission Of LEO FEIST INC.
Music by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov (uncredited)
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I Don't Wear Seatbelts, I Don't Believe in Gravity
21 July 2003 | by (New Jersey, USA) – See all my reviews

"Atlantic City" is a great film where the setting is just as rich and complex a character as the people traversing its streets (and boardwalk). Louis Malle delivers one of the most understated directorial turns working with a delightfully witty script (that has many great lines, like the one above) and a great cast (Lancaster perfect in a comeback role, Sarandon stunning in one of her early great performances). Things are so subtle here that you don't even realize you just watched a work of art until it is over. Atlantic City is shown truthfully (in despair, in shadowed glory, and in the glitz and glamor that was to return thanks to the casinos circa the late 70's) and the people inhabiting it gloriously reflect all of those varying degrees. This is the human condition (searching for that first break or that last chance) in all its quiet charms.


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