Fat City

Fat City

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Director: John Huston

Cast: John Huston, Stacy Keach, Jeff Bridges, Susan Tyrrell

     
 

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John Huston's underrated boxing drama Fat City comes to DVD with a pair of transfers. The widescreen anamorphic transfer preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of the film, and is preferable to the standard full-frame image. The English soundtrack has been digitally remastered. English and French subtitles are accessible. Supplemental materials include…  See more details below

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John Huston's underrated boxing drama Fat City comes to DVD with a pair of transfers. The widescreen anamorphic transfer preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of the film, and is preferable to the standard full-frame image. The English soundtrack has been digitally remastered. English and French subtitles are accessible. Supplemental materials include trailers. This is a solid release from Columbia/TriStar that just might help this film reach the wider audience it deserves.

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One of the masterpieces of Hollywood's last golden age, John Huston's Fat City is the kind of film studios wouldn't touch these days: a small-scale character study about unlucky men living on the margins. Set in a rundown California border town, the movie follows the trajectory of Tully (Stacy Keach), a farm laborer whose once-promising boxing career was derailed by booze. Tully's dismal wallow in limbo contrasts with the halting rise of Ernie (Jeff Bridges), a fresh-faced rookie trying to make it big in the low-stakes world of small-time boxing. Graceful, dignified and seemingly effortless, Fat City finds Huston at the top of his game. A model of understatement, it's a movie of indelible, unobtrusive details, like the thick layer of smoke hanging over a dingy boxing arena, or the slouched silhouettes at the local tavern on a lazy afternoon. Laced with empathy, these moments all add up to a fully realized portrait of failure. Huston is aided immeasurably by his cinematographer, the great Conrad L. Hall. From the Hopper-esque light on an empty city block to the seedy murkiness of dive bars, Hall achieves a gritty, naturalistic look that, like Huston's direction, never calls attention to itself. With its relentlessly downbeat tone, Fat City at times threatens to verge into self-parody (the recurring Kris Kristofferson song, "Help Me Make It Through the Night," doesn't help). For all the potential for bathos, however, the movie remains impressively dignified and self-possessed, and stands as one of the high points of Huston's illustrious career.

Product Details

Release Date:
12/10/2002
UPC:
0043396078888
Original Release:
1972
Rating:
PG
Source:
Sony Pictures
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Full Frame, Wide Screen]
Time:
1:36:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; Only sound option is the Dolby Digital logo.

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Stacy Keach Tully
Jeff Bridges Ernie Munger
Susan Tyrrell Oma
Candy Clark Faye
Nicholas Colasanto Ruben
Art Aragon Babe
Wayne Mahan Buford
Ruben Navarro Fuentes
Curtis Cokes Earl
Sixto Rodriguez Lucero
Bill Walker Wes
Kris Kristofferson Singer

Technical Credits
John Huston Director
Margaret Booth Editor
Leonard Gardner Screenwriter
Conrad L. Hall Cinematographer
Marvin Hamlisch Score Composer,Musical Direction/Supervision
Morrie Hoffman Set Decoration/Design
Dorothy Jeakins Costumes/Costume Designer
Kris Kristofferson Score Composer
Tom Overton Sound/Sound Designer
Arthur Piantadosi Sound/Sound Designer
Fred Roos Casting
Jennifer Shull Casting
Ray Stark Producer
Paul Stewart Special Effects
Richard Sylbert Production Designer
Walter Thompson Editor
Jack H. Young Makeup

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Start [6:39]
2. "Wanna Spar a Little?" [3:27]
3. Oma [3:40]
4. Ruben [2:20]
5. Ernie's Audition [1:06]
6. Great White Hope [1:02]
7. The Onion Fields [6:36]
8. Virgin No More [2:23]
9. Pep Talk [3:02]
10. Ernie's Amateur Debut [3:28]
11. Fight Post-Mortem [:59]
12. The Loves of Oma [11:01]
13. 23-Second KO [1:06]
14. A Little Bit Pregnant [3:24]
15. "Ernie Got Married." [1:08]
16. Clothes Make the Man [4:18]
17. Chopping Weeds [1:45]
18. Mismanagement [2:55]
19. Marriage Compensations [3:33]
20. A Fight With Lucero [1:21]
21. Supper With Oma [5:52]
22. Tully's in a Mess [4:38]
23. The Main Event [4:53]
24. Winner by a TKO [4:45]
25. $100 Purse [2:14]
26. Back in the Hen House [2:32]
27. A Frank, Personal Opinion [2:14]
28. Coffee With an Old Friend [3:59]
1. Start [6:39]
2. "Wanna Spar a Little?" [3:27]
3. Oma [3:40]
4. Ruben [2:20]
5. Ernie's Audition [1:06]
6. Great White Hope [1:02]
7. The Onion Fields [6:36]
8. Virgin No More [2:23]
9. Pep Talk [3:02]
10. Ernie's Amateur Debut [3:28]
11. Fight Post-Mortem [:59]
12. The Loves of Oma [11:01]
13. 23-Second KO [1:06]
14. A Little Bit Pregnant [3:24]
15. "Ernie Got Married." [1:08]
16. Clothes Make the Man [4:18]
17. Chopping Weeds [1:45]
18. Mismanagement [2:55]
19. Marriage Compensations [3:33]
20. A Fight With Lucero [1:21]
21. Supper With Oma [5:52]
22. Tully's in a Mess [4:38]
23. The Main Event [4:53]
24. Winner by a TKO [4:45]
25. $100 Purse [2:14]
26. Back in the Hen House [2:32]
27. A Frank, Personal Opinion [2:14]
28. Coffee With an Old Friend [3:59]

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