In a corrupt city, a small-time gangster and the estranged wife of a pot dealer finds themselves thrown together in an escapade of love, money, drugs, and danger.

Director:

Writer:

Reviews

WAYS TO
WATCH:

See all
Nominated for 5 Oscars. Another 25 wins & 16 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

A small town in the south-west of France, summer of 1944. Having failed to join the resistance, the 18 year old Lucien Lacombe, whose father is a prisoner in Germany and whose mother dates ... See full summary »

Director: Louis Malle
Stars: Pierre Blaise, Aurore Clément, Holger Löwenadler
Biography | Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

A French boarding school run by priests seems to be a haven from World War II until a new student arrives. He becomes the roommate of top student in his class. Rivals at first, the roommates form a bond and share a secret.

Director: Louis Malle
Stars: Gaspard Manesse, Raphael Fejtö, Francine Racette
Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

A self-assured business man murders his employer, the husband of his mistress, which unintentionally provokes an ill-fated chain of events.

Director: Louis Malle
Stars: Jeanne Moreau, Maurice Ronet, Georges Poujouly
Elmer Gantry (1960)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

A fast-talking traveling salesman with a charming, loquacious manner convinces a sincere evangelist that he can be an effective preacher for her cause.

Director: Richard Brooks
Stars: Burt Lancaster, Jean Simmons, Arthur Kennedy
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

This is a jolly coming-of-age story about a 14-year-old boy named Laurent Chevalier who is growing up in bourgeois surroundings in Dijon, France. This is France in the mid-1950s rather than... See full summary »

Director: Louis Malle
Stars: Lea Massari, Benoît Ferreux, Daniel Gélin
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

New York actors rehearse Chekhov's "Uncle Vanya" in a dilapidated theatre.

Director: Louis Malle
Stars: Wallace Shawn, Phoebe Brand, George Gaynes
The Lovers (1958)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Bored with her husband, bored with her polo-playing lover, will the middle-aged heroine go away with the young man who gave her a lift that day when her car broke down on the way back to ... See full summary »

Director: Louis Malle
Stars: Jeanne Moreau, Alain Cuny, Jean-Marc Bory
Comedy | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

This merry farce depicts a satirical view of the French society: Ten-year-old Zazie has to stay two days with her relatives in Paris, so that her mother can spend some time with her lover. ... See full summary »

Director: Louis Malle
Stars: Catherine Demongeot, Philippe Noiret, Hubert Deschamps
Pretty Baby (1978)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A teenage girl lives as a prostitute in the early decades of America, only to know her body is for bounty.

Director: Louis Malle
Stars: Brooke Shields, Keith Carradine, Susan Sarandon
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

Alain Leroy is having a course of treatment in a private hospital because of his problem with alcohol. Although he is constantly distressed, he leaves the hospital and tries to meet good ... See full summary »

Director: Louis Malle
Stars: Maurice Ronet, Léna Skerla, Yvonne Clech
Reds (1981)
Biography | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

A radical American journalist becomes involved with the Communist revolution in Russia and hopes to bring its spirit and idealism to the United States.

Director: Warren Beatty
Stars: Warren Beatty, Diane Keaton, Edward Herrmann
Biography | Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

Wallace Shawn and Andre Gregory, apparently playing themselves, share their lives over the course of an evening meal at a restaurant. Gregory, a theater director from New York, is the more ... See full summary »

Director: Louis Malle
Stars: Andre Gregory, Wallace Shawn, Jean Lenauer
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
Lou
...
Sally
...
Grace
...
Joseph
Hollis McLaren ...
Chrissie
...
Dave
...
Alfie
...
Singer
Moses Znaimer ...
Felix
...
Vinnie
Sean Sullivan ...
Buddy
...
Waiter (as Wally Shawn)
...
Bus Driver
...
Jeanne
Louis Del Grande ...
Mr. Shapiro
Edit

Storyline

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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Where dreamers can be winners. See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

Country:

|

Language:

|

Release Date:

3 April 1981 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Atlantic City  »

Box Office

Budget:

$7,200,000 (estimated)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Robert Goulet:  The real life singer as himself singing at the opening of a hospital wing. See more »

Goofs

At one point Sally (Susan Sarandon) asks a florist to send flowers to her dead husbands family in Moose jaw, Saskatchewan. Sally mentions that it is "near Medicine Hat". Medicine Hat, Alberta is in fact nowhere near Moose Jaw, which is over 250 miles away. See more »

Quotes

Lou: A room. For me and my mother.
See more »

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 »


Soundtracks

Flat Foot Floogie
(uncredited)
Music by Slim Gaillard and Slam Stewart
Lyrics by Bud Green
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Screenwriter John Guare and director Louis Malle give tribute to people in transition, set to the back drop of a city in transition.
19 January 1999 | by (Washington, DC) – See all my reviews

Set in 1970s Atlantic City in the early days of legalized gambling, we find a young woman (Susan Sarandon) working in the fish section of a casino restaurant while learning to be a card dealer. At the same time, an elderly, small-time hood (Burt Lancaster) is stuck taking care of a gangster's widow (Kate Reid). Sarandon's husband and her younger sister ran off together and unexpectedly reappear looking for a place to stay. Her sister is now pregnant and her low-life husband is trying to sell drugs stolen from a big-time dealer in Philadelphia. Sarandon's husband meets Lancaster in a bar while trying to set up a deal to sell the drugs, and he convinces Lancaster to be his "mule." Lancaster and Sarandon being neighbors -- with her brother in law as the mutual acquaintance -- are brought together and become involved in more trouble than they ever thought imaginable.

The refreshing aspect of this motion picture is that it avoids the typical Hollywood pitfall where character development and dialogue play second fiddle to car chases and stunt scenes. In Atlantic City the odious characters and sticky situations are secondary to the development/relationships of the lead characters. This is the first excellent performance on film of a young Sarandon, and one of the finest performances of Lancaster's distinguished career.

This film has been butchered on cable, VHS, and laserdisc. Please let's have a quality remaster on DVD in widescreen format.


28 of 37 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
architecture??? voss76
lemons allthumbs
Hotels Queens624
Robert Goulet joanbrazas
Atlantic City on DVD gloomyosis
Last Few Minutes Ending - Help KSzir
Discuss Atlantic City (1980) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?