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Atlantic City -- For Lou (Burt Lancaster), 40 years a bodyguard-boyfriend to aging beauty queen Grace (Kate Reid), his numbers-running sideline escalates to mob involvement. A drug-related slaying leaves him with a small fortune, a new car and a new girl, Sally (Susan Sarandon), who is the perfect completion of his fantasy.


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Release Date:
3 April 1981 (USA) See more »
She made him become what he always wanted to be - a lover, a hero, a rich man...and a killer! See more »
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
Nominated for 5 Oscars. Another 27 wins & 14 nominations See more »
Singer Robert Goulet Dies at 73
 (From WENN. 31 October 2007)

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Screenwriter John Guare and director Louis Malle give tribute to people in transition, set to the back drop of a city in transition. See more (56 total) »


  (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)
Michael Hagen .... scenic charge (uncredited)
Dominique Ricard .... graphic artist (uncredited)
Marcel Zalme .... standby painter (uncredited)
Sound Department
Jean-Claude Laureux .... sound
Jacques Maumont .... dubbing mixer
Gilles Ortion .... boom operator
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
Music Department
Tony Coe .... musician: reeds (uncredited)
Barry Guy .... musician: acoustic double bass (uncredited)
Roger Kellaway .... musician: electric piano (uncredited)
Paul Lytton .... musician: drums (uncredited)
Evan Parker .... musician: reeds (uncredited)
Howard Riley .... musician: accordion (uncredited)
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)
Crew verified as complete

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Also Known As:
"Atlantic City, USA" - Canada (English title)
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104 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Henry Fonda, James Mason, Laurence Olivier, James Stewart and Robert Mitchum were all considered to play the lead role of Lou. Fonda was rejected due to ill-health and its associated insurance risk. Reportedly, when the producers saw that Mitchum had had a face-lift recently, they lost interest. Mitchum had said to them: "I just had my face lifted, and I only play under 45 now.". Director Louis Malle once commented on Burt Lancaster's reaction to the lead role: "Burt had read the screenplay and the first thing that he said was, 'A part like that, especially at my age, happens every ten years, if you're lucky.' He knew it was a great part and I really appreciated that he understood that right away.".See more »
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): Near the end of the film Grace tells Chrissie that they'd both lost their men to a shooting. But Chrissie's man was stabbed, not shot.See more »
Lou:I'm a lover!
Grace Pinza:Numbnuts!
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28 out of 37 people found the following review useful.
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
Author: Glenn Starnes ( from Washington, DC

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.

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