Atlantic City (1980)
Average Rating: 8.6/10
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Average Rating: 8/10
Critic Reviews: 7
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Average Rating: 3.6/5
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Burt Lancaster stars as Lou, an aging mob flunkey, barely making a living in Atlantic City. Susan Sarandon plays Sally, a casino croupier whose husband Dave (Robert Joy) steals a large supply of drugs from the mob. When he is killed, the narcotics pass to the unwilling Sally. Lou, in the midst of longtime affair with middle-aged gangster's widow Grace (Kate Reid), falls for the much younger Sally, becoming her savior by killing the mob thugs sent to shut her up. The killings serve a therapeutic
Sep 2, 1980 Wide
May 14, 2002
Paramount Home Video
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[Sarandon is] shirtless before she even has a name, but her desire to be ogled is granted dignity and power; gradually and unassumingly, she upstages a terrific Burt Lancaster.
"Atlantic City" is a sophisticated fairy tale, beautifully acted and beautiful to behold; it is as funny as it is touching.
Film is blessed with a spare, intriguing script by Yank John Guare, which always skirts impending cliches and predictability by finding unusual facets in his characters and their actions.
Eclectic, pacy and hard to categorise, it's part crime thriller, part love story, part fairytale, and part a gentle, generous examination of certain dying aspects of American culture.
What makes "Atlantic City" sweet -- and that's the word for it -- is the gentleness with which Lou handles his last chance at amounting to something, and the wisdom with which Sally handles Lou.
"Atlantic City" is full of compact social editorializing that elevates its seemingly run-of-the-mill trappings into something sublime by way of its emotionally dependent characters.
Malle pulls off a minor coup here, celebrating his wounded characters even as he mercilessly reveals their dreams for the hopeless illusions they really are.
For all the flaws in the plot, the triumvurate of Malle, Lancaster and Sarandon give this moody little thriller a seductive, lingering power.
This lyrical tale set in Atlantic City in times of change is full of offbeat characters. It is evocatively directed by Louis Malle in his second (and better) American film and well acted by Burt Lancaster and Susan Sarandon as the odd romantic couple.
Intriguing from beginning to end.
If you don't already love Sarandon, this is the feature that would do it. Director and the 2 stars mesh their talents beautifully.
Poignant, atmospheric mood piece with pristine performances by Lancaster and Sarandon.
Malle conjures a pair of cities, that of the present day and another fading beneath it. It's magically evocative and surprisingly funny, too. Lancaster is marvelous.
Susan Sarandon finally came into her own as a first-rate actress in this poignant 1981 Louis Malle film. She and Burt Lancaster create movie magic together. Well-deserved Oscar nominations (her first, his last) resulted from their outstanding work here.
The performances from Lancaster and Sarandon highlight this effortlessly excellent film.
Lancaster brings to the role a great, endearing physicality, a sense of presence that is convincing in its character-created self-delusion.
Audience Reviews for Atlantic City
- Lou: Put your makeup on, put your hair up pretty, and I'll meet you tonight in Atlantic City.
- Jeanne: Yes.
- Lou: Yes, it used to be beautiful -- what with the rackets, whoring, guns.
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