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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:
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 »
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:
French connection 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)
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
 
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
 
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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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Atlantic City, USA" - Canada (English title)
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Runtime:
104 min
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Trivia:
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 »
Goofs:
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 »
Quotes:
Chrissie:Oh, I never use seatbelts. I don't believe in gravity.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Film Geek (2005)See more »
Soundtrack:
Atlantic City, My Old FriendSee more »

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15 out of 25 people found the following review useful.
French connection, 28 January 2006
Author: RanchoTuVu from Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico

The setting and the characters are just right for each other. Atlantic City is undergoing a transformation, with new casinos and hotels dotting its shoreline while a few blocks in, out of the tourists sight, the full time residents live in what's left over from the past. Louis Malle captures it all with this story about a retired small time member of the local organized crime syndicate (Burt Lancaster) who comes into a small fortune worth of stolen cocaine when the guy that stole it (Robert Joy) is killed by the dealers who meant to buy it in the first place down in Philadelphia, and are now hot on his heels as well. Back in the life, though unwittingly, he sells the coke to an ongoing poker game in one of the suites in a new hotel, bit by bit, and falls into the romance of his dreams with young Susan Sarandon, whom he watched every night from his hotel room as she bathed her breasts with lemon juice in her room across the way. Like the refurbishing city its set in, he feels rejuvenated and in one instance even fearless in the face of the ruthless Philly dealers. The film put Lancaster back in the limelight for a while, and refreshingly so. Its gritty realism and characters, especially Joy, who makes an excellent hippie con-man, marked the end of an era of that realistic 70's urban crime drama genre that deftly mixed romance with drugs and violence, and portrayed the underworld, mostly minus the cops, so well.

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