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Director:
Writer:
John Guare (written by)
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Release Date:
3 April 1981 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
She made him become what he always wanted to be - a lover, a hero, a rich man...and a killer! See more »
Plot:
Lou is a small time gangster, who thinks he used to be something big. He meets up with a younger girl... See more » | Full synopsis »
Awards:
Nominated for 5 Oscars. Another 27 wins & 14 nominations See more »
NewsDesk:
Singer Robert Goulet Dies at 73
 (From WENN. 31 October 2007)

User Reviews:
Grainy, Gritty And A Great Story See more (53 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Burt Lancaster ... Lou

Susan Sarandon ... Sally

Kate Reid ... Grace

Michel Piccoli ... Joseph
Hollis McLaren ... Chrissie

Robert Joy ... Dave
Al Waxman ... Alfie

Robert Goulet ... Singer
Moses Znaimer ... Felix

Angus MacInnes ... Vinnie
Sean Sullivan ... Buddy

Wallace Shawn ... Waiter (as Wally Shawn)

Harvey Atkin ... Bus Driver
Norma Dell'Agnese ... Jeanne
Louis Del Grande ... Mr. Shapiro
John McCurry ... Fred
Eleanor Beecroft ... Mrs. Reese
Cec Linder ... President of Hospital
Sean McCann ... Detective (as Sean McCaan)
Vincent Glorioso ... Young Doctor
Adèle Chatfield-Taylor ... Florist
Tony Angelo ... Poker Player
Sis Clark ... Toll Booth Operator
Gennaro Consalvo ... Casino Guard
Lawrence McGuire ... Pit Boss
Ann Burns ... Singer in Casino
Marie Burns ... Singer in Casino
Jean Burns ... Singer in Casino
Connie Collins ... Connie Bishop
John Allmond ... Police Commissioner
John J. Burns ... Anchorman (as John Burns)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Elias Koteas ... Extra (uncredited)

Directed by
Louis Malle 
 
Writing credits
John Guare (written by)

Produced by
Joseph Beaubien .... executive producer
Gabriel Boustiani .... executive producer (as Gabriel Boustany)
Denis Héroux .... producer (as Denis Heroux)
Justine Héroux .... associate producer (as Justine Heroux)
John Kemeny .... producer
Larry Nesis .... associate producer
Jean-Serge Breton .... associate producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Michel Legrand (music composed and conducted by)
 
Cinematography by
Richard Ciupka (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Suzanne Baron 
 
Production Design by
Anne Pritchard 
 
Set Decoration by
Gretchen Rau (uncredited)
 
Costume Design by
François Barbeau  (as Francois Barbeau)
 
Makeup Department
Donna Gliddon .... wig specialist
Rita Ogden .... make-up and hair stylist
 
Production Management
Micheline Garant .... unit manager
Ken Golden .... production manager
Justine Héroux .... production manager (as Justine Heroux)
Carl Zucker .... unit manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
John Board .... assistant director
Jim Chory .... second assistant director
John Desormeaux .... assistant director: pre-production
Robert McCart .... second assistant director
Patrick Burns .... second unit director: video sequence (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Jacques Chamberland .... set props
Charles Cirigliano .... carpenter (as Charles Cirgliano)
Wendell Dennis .... set dresser
Marcel Desrochers .... construction manager
Csaba András Kertész .... art department coordinator (as Csaba Kertesz)
Edward L. McMillan .... carpenter
Joe Petruccio Jr. .... carpenter (as Joseph Petruccio Jr.)
Gretchen Rau .... property master
Raymond M. Samitz .... construction manager
Marie-Claude Tetrault .... art department coordinator
Jean-Vincent Fournier .... assistant set props (uncredited)
Alain Giguère .... scenic painter (uncredited)
Dominique Ricard .... graphic artist (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Jean-Claude Laureux .... sound
Jacques Maumont .... dubbing mixer
Gilles Ortion .... boom operator
 
Stunts
Frank Ferrara .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
John Berrie .... gaffer
Andy Chmura .... first assistant cameraman
Attila Dory .... still photographer
Jean-Baptiste Dutreix .... camera grip
Larry Lynn .... second assistant cameraman
John Oravetz .... grip
Jacob Rolling .... key grip
 
Casting Department
Venetia Rickerby .... extras casting: Joy Todd Inc.
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Carla Froeberg .... assistant wardrobe stylist
Marie-Hélène Gascon .... wardrobe master
Jeff Ullman .... wardrobe stylist (as Jeffrey Ullman)
 
Editorial Department
James Bruce .... editorial apprentice
Federico Salzmann .... assistant editor
 
Other crew
Patrick Burns .... video sequence
Jill De Wolfe .... unit publicist (as Jill De Wolfe James)
Pierre Guevremont .... production accountant
France Lachapelle .... continuity
Leonard Luizzi .... teamster captain (as Lenny Luizzi)
Vincent Malle .... production coordinator
Barbara Shrier .... production office coordinator
Robert Wertheimer .... location manager
Luc Bouthillier .... staff accountant (uncredited)
Alan Jacques .... projectionist (uncredited)
 
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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Atlantic City, USA" - Canada (English title)
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Runtime:
104 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
The Atlantic City of the film's title is a real place, it is a city in Atlantic County in the state of New Jersey in the United States of America.See more »
Goofs:
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): 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:Yes, it used to be beautiful - what with the rackets, whoring, guns.See more »
Movie Connections:
Soundtrack:
On the Boardwalk of Atlantic CitySee more »

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25 out of 38 people found the following review useful.
Grainy, Gritty And A Great Story, 23 March 2006
Author: ccthemovieman-1 from United States

This is a little bit on the seedy side but it's well-done and Burt Lancaster, once again, provides us with a wonderful character study. This time he's "Lou Pascal," an old-time small hood playing out his days in pathetic manner in a dingy Atlantic City. In fact, "seedy" describes Atlantic City in this picture.

There's nothing seedy about the opening scene, however. It's an attention- grabber, at least if you're a male. We see Susan Sarandon, squeezing lemon juice over her breasts at the kitchen window. Later, we see her do the same thing.

The film is no lemon, however. It's an excellent film and Lancaster, Sarandon ("Sally Matthews") and her husband "Dave" (Robert Joy) comprise most the early going. Joy's role as Sally's loser druggie husband was ugly but he doesn't last long in the film.

The second half of the film features mostly the two stars, both of whom were up for Academy Awards for their performance (and lost out in a sentimental vote for the On Golden Pond crowd). Not only do Lancaster and Sarandon excel, but so does director Louis Malle.

Malle makes this almost a modern-day film noir with the grittiness of the characters and the setting, when Atlantic City looked its worst. It's just solid film-making all-around, and few people could play intense characters, young or old, as well as Lancaster.

My only regret is the transfer on the DVD. It's a little grainy and this film deserves better treatment. although, come to think of it - the grain is appropriate considering it's a gritty story.

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