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Fat City (1972)

PG | | Drama, Sport | 26 July 1972 (USA)
Two men, working as professional boxers, come to blows when their careers each begin to take opposite momentum.

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Complete credited cast:
... Tully
... Ernie
... Oma
... Faye
... Ruben
Art Aragon ... Babe
Curtis Cokes ... Earl
Sixto Rodriguez ... Lucero
Billy Walker ... Wes
Wayne Mahan ... Buford
Ruben Navarro ... Fuentes
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The film tells the story of two boxers and their problems. One of them is on the decline of his career while the other one just begins his ascent in this sport. Written by Volker Boehm

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Drama | Sport

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Trivia

According to Stacy Keach, Sixto Rodriguez knocked him out during their fight scene and that shot appears in the film. See more »

Goofs

During the bar scene, the barrette in Susan Tyrrell's hair moves all over the place from shot to shot. See more »

Quotes

Tully: [first lines]
Tully: Hey kid. You want to spar a little?
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Referenced in City Lights: Episode dated 10 October 1979 (1979) See more »

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The Look of Love
Written by Burt Bacharach and Hal David
Performed by Dusty Springfield
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"Just when you get started, your life makes a beeline for the drain."
2 February 2005 | by See all my reviews

How in the world did I miss Fat City's greatness all these years? Ignore the rhetorical question. I read the Leonard Gardner novel when it was published and vastly enjoyed its subdued magic. If I saw the movie, it went past me as an Grad Intern pulling all nighters, and then zoning out during movies in first-run theaters. My friends knew "Great Movies" didn't they? I wasn't gonna stay in and miss out.

Last night, I saw Fat City with "new eyes" - or for the first time! The cast was like a Repertory Theatre cast: All spoke like people speak. Even the local LA boxing legends of my youth. It's far too understated to be compared to "Raging Bull" and proves there was never a recognizable entity like a "John Huston-style" movie.

Astonishing.


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