Atlantic City ()

Atlantic City, USA (original title)
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In a corrupt city, a small-time gangster and the estranged wife of a pot dealer find themselves thrown together in an escapade of love, money, drugs and danger.

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Moses Znaimer ...
Waiter (as Wally Shawn)
Bus Driver
Louis Del Grande ...
Mr. Shapiro
John McCurry ...
Eleanor Beecroft ...
Mrs. Reese
President of Hospital
Sean McCann ...
Detective (as Sean McCaan)
Vincent Glorioso ...
Young Doctor
Adèle Chatfield-Taylor ...
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:
Extra (uncredited)

Directed by

Louis Malle

Written by

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)

Music by

Michel Legrand ... (music composed by)

Cinematography by

Richard Ciupka ... director of photography

Film Editing by

Suzanne Baron

Editorial Department

James Bruce ... editorial apprentice
Federico Salzmann ... assistant editor

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


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 Roy Morgan ... grip (as John Oravetz)
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)

Location Management

Robert Wertheimer ... location manager

Music Department

Michel Legrand ... conductor
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
Luc Bouthillier ... staff accountant (uncredited)
Alan Jacques ... projectionist (uncredited)
Phillip L. Tomalin Jr. ... Craft Service: Atlantic City (uncredited)
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Plot Summary

Atlantic City is a place where people go to realize their dreams, the promise of the future manifested by the demolition of the old crumbling buildings to be replaced by new hotels and casinos. Someone who recently came to Atlantic City for that promise is native Moose Javian (Saskatchewan) Sally Matthews, who currently works as a waitress at a hotel oyster bar, but who is training to be a black jack croupier and wants to be more cultured, such as learning French, in order to work at the casinos in Monte Carlo. Another dreamer who came to Atlantic City decades ago is Lou Pascal, who has long worked as a numbers runner and who claims to have been a cellmate and thus implied confidante of Bugsy Siegel. Although Lou still dresses to the standard to which he is accustomed, his dream long died as he only works penny ante stuff for Fred, most of his current income from being the kept man of widowed recluse, Grace Pinza. Grace too came to Atlantic City to fulfill her dreams - most specifically to participate in a Betty Grable lookalike contest - and ended up staying, marrying a player named Cookie Pinza. Sally, Lou and Grace all live in the same soon to be demolished apartment building - Sally and Lou who are next door neighbors - although Sally knows neither of her neighbors. Lou, however, secretly spies Sally through their respective apartment windows as she goes through a daily ritual. The dreams of this collective are potentially affected - largely dashed or reawakened - with the arrival into Atlantic City of Dave Matthews, Sally's estranged, deadbeat husband, and his very pregnant new ageist girlfriend Chrissie, who happens to be Sally's younger sister. It is the unknown to Sally that Dave and Chrissie bring with them that affects those dreams, namely a large cache of cocaine stolen from criminal sources. Written by Huggo

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Taglines She made him become what he always wanted to be - a lover, a hero, a rich man...and a killer! See more »
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Also Known As
  • Atlantic City (France)
  • Atlantic City (United States)
  • Atlantic City (Spain)
  • Atlantic City, U.S.A. (Sweden)
  • Atlantic City (Italy)
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  • 104 min
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Box Office

Budget $7,200,000 (estimated)
Cumulative Worldwide Gross $12,729,678, 09 Mar 2012

Did You Know?

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 At one point Sally (Susan Sarandon) asks a florist to send flowers to her dead husbands family in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan. Sally mentions that it is "near Medicine Hat". Medicine Hat, Alberta is in fact nowhere near Moose Jaw, which is over 250 miles away. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in Albert Brooks/Susan Sarandon (1981). See more »
Soundtracks Atlantic City, My Old Friend See more »
Crazy Credits As the end credits roll, an old building on the boardwalk is demolished to some of the tunes that appear earlier in the film. Each time the wrecking ball hits, we hear a cymbal crash and the soundtrack jumps to a different song. See more »
Quotes Chrissie: Oh, I never use seatbelts. I don't believe in gravity.
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