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Fat City

  • PG
  • DVD
  • 1 disc
  • Region 1 USA/CA (info)
  • Lesser known than films by Scorsese and Coppola, John Huston's masterly FAT
    CITY is a classic story of the American underdog, and deserves its place in
    the canon of great 1970s films. Adapted from a Leonard Gardner novel, this
    sorely overlooked work brilliantly and unflinchingly portrays the lives of a
    group of born losers.

    Set in California, the story revolves around the lives of poor fighters. Stacy Keach is Tully, a down-on-his-luck alcoholic boxer living in a flophouse and earning money as a field worker while trying for a comeback. Jeff Bridges is Ernie, his 18-year-old protege who is setting himself up for the same hard-luck life. Tully tries to pass his wisdom on to Ernie, attempting to give the kid the chances that he missed. Meanwhile, Tully also becomes involved with Oma (Susan Tyrell), a raging alcoholic who does nothing but drag him further down. This film initially presents itself as
    a Horatio Alger-like comeback or underdog story, but is actually a bleak, incisive character study. A downbeat classic, FAT CITY is one of the best films by director John Huston.
  • Credits
    Stacy Keach, Walter Stacy Keach, Stacey Keach, Jeff Bridges, Candy Clark, Susan Tyrrell, Nicholas Colasanto, Art Aragon
  • Critic Reviews
    "...Huston's gem concentrates on the sport's has-beens, never-weres and never-gonna-bes..."
    USA Today

    "This poetic adaptation of Leonard Gardner's novel is the most human of all Huston's films, remains one of the greatest boxing movies, and has one of the most memorable closing sequences in all cinema."

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