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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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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:

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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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The only movie John Huston directed about boxing. Huston had once been a boxer himself. 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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The Look of Love
Written by Burt Bacharach and Hal David
Performed by Dusty Springfield
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Overlooked masterpiece
22 October 2005 | by wisewebwomanSee all my reviews

I had deliberately overlooked Fat City in the past believing it to be yet another twist on the formulaic and Hollywoodization of boxing stories. Was I wrong! I'm so glad that I unexpectedly caught this and was riveted from the get go. Fat City is an amazing film, made even more stellar by the casting of Stacy Keach, Jeff Bridges, Candy Clark and Nick Colasanto. It is hard to distinguish between these marvelous actors as their performances, under the hands of the maestro John Huston, are incredible. Stacy Keach is the focus however, and he carries the film with the able performances of the aforementioned. I believe this to be one of the most overlooked films of all time.

The characters are a bunch of losers, but they don't know they're losers and keep reiterating their dreams. They operate on a level that is below average and live in impoverished surroundings, always believing that something good is around the corner. There is no big win in this, the wins remain around the corner.

There's basically no beginning, middle and end. It is a study of the underbelly of a town in California, the seedy bars, the dirty restaurants, life in the one room with kitchen-in-a-corner of a walk-up fleabag hotel. Stacy Keach pulls you into this world, he lives and breathes the character he plays down to the last few minutes of screen time when he takes a look around the rathole of a restaurant he's in, surrounded by people like himself and the film freezes for about a minute before it moves on.

You catch his stark awareness at that moment. And all of his life, past, present and future becomes crystal clear to him. You don't think he's going to do much with this newfound insight. It doesn't matter. And that's the point. Bleak and beautiful. All in the same minute of time. 9 out of 10. Thanks once again, Mr. Huston.


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