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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 »

Parents Guide:

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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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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Besides 'Fat City', which was an early nick-name for the city of Stockton where the film and its source novel was both set and filmed, other early nick-names for Stockton included Mudville and Weberville, as well as California's Sunrise Seaport. Moreover, Stockton was originally going to have the place name of Tuleburg. 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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Connections

Referenced in A Look Into 'The Forbidden Zone' (2004) See more »

Soundtracks

If
Written by David Gates
Performed by Bread
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Yet another overlooked 70s gem...
26 September 2002 | by InfofreakSee all my reviews

The 1970s produced some of the greatest American movies of all time, that's indisputable. But while everyone focuses on (the admittedly very good) more famous works by Scorsese and Coppola, many equally worthwhile movies get little attention - 'Bring Me The Head Of Alfredo Garcia', 'Scarecrow', 'Fingers', 'Tracks', 'The Panic In Needle Park', 'Blue Collar', and this one, arguably John Huston's most underrated film. The four leads Stacey Keach ('The Ninth Configuration'), Jeff Bridges ('The Last Picture Show'), Susan Tyrrell ('The Killer Inside Me'), and Candy Clark ('American Graffiti') are all outstanding, and in Keach's case it's possibly his finest performance to date. What an underrated actor Keach is! This is a powerful and haunting look at the underbelly of American working class life, a subject very rarely dealt with honestly in contemporary Hollywood films. 'Fat City' doesn't deserve its obscurity. It is a small masterpiece. Highly recommended to people who value downbeat and realist dramas more than dumbed down popcorn "entertainment".


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