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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.

Director:

John Huston

Writers:

Leonard Gardner (screenplay), Leonard Gardner (novel)
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 2 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Stacy Keach ... Tully
Jeff Bridges ... Ernie
Susan Tyrrell ... Oma
Candy Clark ... Faye
Nicholas Colasanto ... Ruben
Art Aragon Art Aragon ... Babe
Curtis Cokes Curtis Cokes ... Earl
Sixto Rodriguez Sixto Rodriguez ... Lucero
Billy Walker Billy Walker ... Wes
Wayne Mahan Wayne Mahan ... Buford
Ruben Navarro Ruben Navarro ... Fuentes
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Storyline

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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Life is what happens in between rounds.

Genres:

Drama | Sport

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

26 July 1972 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ciudad dorada See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The movie was nominated for one Academy Award in 1973 for Best Actress in a Supporting Role for Susan Tyrrell but lost out to Eileen Heckart for 'Butterflies Are Free' (1973). See more »

Goofs

When Oma proposes a toast to Tully at the bar, suddenly she's holding a lighted cigarette, which vanishes again in the next shot. See more »

Quotes

Tully: [first lines]
Tully: Hey kid. You want to spar a little?
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Connections

Referenced in Road Games: 'Not Quite Hollywood' Interviews (2008) See more »

Soundtracks

Help Me Make It Through the Night
Composed and Performed by Kris Kristofferson
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Requiem for losers and daydreamer believers.
7 November 2005 | by Pedro_HSee all my reviews

The down-to-earth tale of two small hall boxers -- at the opposite ends of their careers -- and the blows they take in and out of the ring.

This is one of the best American movies ever about normal working class lives where failure is common and the only thing you can do is pretend otherwise or drug it all away to nothing. I know why so many people prefer Rocky to this -- this is too real for them. Indeed it is almost too real for me!

Stacey Keach was given the role of lifetime in this. He really does look like a failing boxer turned to flab (although maybe that is nature -- not punches!) trying to find a life (of sorts) beyond the ring. Bridges really does look and sound like the daydreamer believer that makes the boxing game go round. Johnny No Talent who thinks he is Mike Tyson when his face finally clears up.

They don't make films like this anymore. The Europeans can, although they are rarely shown and end up too self indulgent. Everyone here gets what they deserve, which is sadly, very little. That is what sport is about in real life -- lots of people failing so that are very small few can succeed. The best the majority can hope for is some exercise and comradeship.

(This contrasts with most sports movies -- which are about glory. Or at least glory through struggle.)

This is the best late John Huston film and every single frame is a frame of reality and believability. Maybe that is what leads so many people to say "so what", the world outside their window has many of the same elements and there are many times you feel you are -- indeed -- looking at real life.


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