Atlantic City

Atlantic City

Director: Louis Malle

Cast: Burt Lancaster, Susan Sarandon, Michel Piccoli

     
 

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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),

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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 value for Lou, proving that he hasn't lost his old panache.

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Louis Malle's moody, gossamer story about an aging gangster (Burt Lancaster) and his young casino-worker lover (Susan Sarandon) is one of the French filmmaker's most successful atmospheric pieces. Released in 1980, it followed Malle's controversial Pretty Baby (1978), and it proved to some critics that Malle was more than a director who aimed to shock with sex scenes. Like Pretty Baby, this is an outsider's incisive portrait of a slice of American culture, with gamblers and drug dealers carrying on their tired routines in a city that seems, like Lancaster's character Lou, to be fading fast. It's ultimately a deep character study about clinging to old habits and surviving change. Atlantic City garnered five top Oscar nominations, though it won none of them. It did win several British and American film critics' awards. It contains one of Lancaster's most harrowing and memorable performances. Screenwriter John Guare went on to pen Six Degrees of Separation.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/01/2013
UPC:
0883929303670
Original Release:
1980
Source:
Paramount Catalog
Sales rank:
2,369

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Burt Lancaster Lou
Susan Sarandon Sally
Michel Piccoli Joseph
Kate Reid Grace
Robert Joy Dave
Hollis McLaren Chrissie
Al Waxman Alfie
Adele Chatfield-Taylor Florist
Robert Goulet Singer
Moses Znaimer Felix
Angus MacInnes Vinnie
Sean Sullivan Buddy
Wallace Shawn Waiter
Harvey Atkin Bus Driver
Norma dell'Agnese Jeanne
Louis del Grande Mr. Shapiro
John McCurry Fred
Eleanor Beecroft Mrs. Reese
Cec Linder President of Hospital
Sean McCann Detective
Tony Angelo Poker Player
Ann Burns Singers in Casino

Technical Credits
Louis Malle Director
Paul Anka Songwriter
Francois Barbeau Costumes/Costume Designer
Suzanne Baron Editor
John Board Asst. Director
Gabriel Boustiani Producer
Richard Ciupka Cinematographer
John Guare Screenwriter
Denis Heroux Producer
John Kemeny Producer
Michel Legrand Score Composer
Rita Ogden Makeup
Anne Pritchard Production Designer

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