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Writer:
John Guare (written by)
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Release Date:
3 April 1981 (USA) See more »
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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)

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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)
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Elias Koteas ... Extra (uncredited)
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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:
Kim Stanley originally sought for role played by Kate Reid.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: Before she goes to lunch with Lou, Sally cuts her hand at the oyster bar (drawing blood). But at lunch (and afterward), Sally's hand is unbandaged and healthy. (There's even a close-up of her hands when she examines Lou's cigarette case.)See more »
Quotes:
Lou:Yes, it used to be beautiful - what with the rackets, whoring, guns.See more »
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Soundtrack:
On the Boardwalk of Atlantic CitySee more »

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52 out of 67 people found the following review useful.
A gem, 12 September 2002
Author: Dennis Littrell from United States

(Note: Over 500 of my movie reviews are now available in my book "Cut to the Chaise Lounge or I Can't Believe I Swallowed the Remote!" Get it at Amazon.)

Europeans have always delighted in introducing America to itself. (I am thinking of de Tocqueville and Nabokov.) There is something very valuable about seeing ourselves through the eyes of others. In Atlantic City, assumptions about the American way of life, the American dream and the America reality, circa 1978, are examined through the artistry of master French film director, Louis Malle (Murmur of the Heart (1971), Pretty Baby (1978), Au Revoir Les Enfants (1987), etc.)

The film begins with a shot of Sallie Matthews (Susan Sarandon at 34) at the kitchen sink of her apartment squeezing lemons and rubbing them on her arms, her neck, her face as Lou Pasco (Burt Lancaster at 68) watches unbeknownst to her from across the way, the window of his apartment looking into hers. She works at a clam bar in a casino on the boardwalk, which is why she smells like fish, which is why she is squeezing lemon on herself to get rid of the smell. She is taking classes to be a blackjack dealer. Her dream is to go to Monaco and deal blackjack in one of resort casinos and perhaps catch a glimpse of Princess Grace. She listens to French tapes and achieves...an amusing accent. He is a has-been who never was, a pathetic old numbers runner well past any dream of his prime, pretending to be a "fancy man" as he picks up a few extra bucks waiting on an invalid woman.

Enter a hippy couple with all their belongings on their backs. It turns out that he is Sallie's estranged husband, a deceitful little guy who has found a bag of cocaine that he intends to cut and sell; and she is Sallie's not too bright sister, very pregnant. They need a place to stay and have the gall to impose on her.

Both Burt Lancaster and Susan Sarandon were nominated for Academy Awards for their performances, as was director Louis Malle and writer John Guare for his script. But none of them won. This was the year of On Golden Pond with Henry Fonda and Katharine Hepburn taking the Oscars while Warren Beatty won Best Director for Reds. (Best film was Chariots of Fire with Colin Welland winning the Oscar for his original screenplay.) Nonetheless, Lancaster and Sarandon are outstanding, and they are both beautifully directed by Malle. Lancaster in particular demonstrated that at age 68 he could still fill up the screen with his sometimes larger than life presence. The familiar flamboyance and sheer physical energy that he displayed in so many films, e.g., Come Back, Little Sheba (1952), From Here to Eternity (1953), The Rose Tattoo (1955), Elmer Gantry (1960), to name four of my favorites, are here properly subdued. He moves slowly and is easily winded. He is a sad, cowardly old man whom Malle, to our delight, will miraculously transform.

Sarandon's performance is also one of her best, on a par with, or even better than her work in Thelma and Louise (1991) for which she was also nominated for Best Actress and also did not win. She is an actress with "legs" (this is a pun and an allusion to an inside joke about her famous other attributes–nicely displayed in Pretty Baby--over which perhaps too much fuss has already been made!)--an actress with "legs," as in a fine wine that will only get better with age. She, like Goldie Hawn, Catherine Deneuve and a few others, have the gift of looking as good (or better) at fifty as they did at thirty.

Louis Malle films are characterized by a tolerance of human differences, a deep psychological understanding, a gentle touch and an overriding sense of humanity. Atlantic City is no exception. What Malle is aiming at here is redemption. He wants to show how this pathetic old man finds self-respect (in an ironic way) and how the clam bar waitress might be liberated. But he also wants to say something about America, and he uses Atlantic City, New Jersey--the "lungs of Philadelphia," the mafia's playground, the New Yorker's escape, a slum by the sea "saved" (actually further exploited) by the influx of legalized gambling in the seventies--as his symbol. He begins with decadence and ends with renewal and triumph, and as usual, somewhere along the way, achieves something akin to the quality of myth. Even though he emphasizes the tawdry and the commonplace: the untalented trio singing off key, the slums semi-circling the casinos where Lou sells numbers, the boarded-up buildings, the sad, tiny apartments about to be torn down, Robert Goulet as a cheap Vegas-style lounge act, etc., in the end we feel that it's not so bad after all.

I should also mention Kate Reid who played Grace, the invalid, ex-beauty queen widow of a mobster, who orders Lou about. She does a great job. Her character too will be transformed.

If the late, great Louis Malle was running the world the gross transgressors would surely get theirs and the rest of us would find forgiveness for our sins, and renewal.

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