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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Hollis McLaren ...
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Sean Sullivan ...
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Mr. Shapiro


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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Release Date:

3 April 1981 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Atlantic City  »

Box Office


$7,200,000 (estimated)

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1.85 : 1
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Included among the "1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die", edited by Steven Schneider. See more »


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 »


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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On the Boardwalk of Atlantic City
©1946 - Twentieth Century Music Corp.
Administered World Wide by BREGMAN, BOCCO & CONN INC.
Music by Josef Myrow (uncredited)
Lyrics by Mack Gordon (uncredited)
Sung by Ann Burns (credited to cast list), Marie Burns (credited to cast list) and Jean Burns (credited to cast list)
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A gem! Witty script by John Guare masterfully directed by Louis Malle
16 June 2002 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

This film has a great script (John Guare), brilliant direction (Louis Malle), and two stars (Burt Lancaster and Susan Sarandon) at the top of their form. The dialogue is witty in the old Hollywood style, and delivered by the entire cast, particularly Lancaster, with singular panache. A classic. Surely there will be a DVD.

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