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      Fat City

      1972, Drama, 1h 36m

      27 Reviews 1,000+ Ratings

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      Fat City is a bleak, mordant, slice of life boxing drama that doesn't pull its punches. Read critic reviews

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      Movie Info

      Washed-up boxer Tully (Stacy Keach) is inspired to restart his career after seeing potential in a teenager, Ernie (Jeff Bridges), whom he spars with at a gym. While Tully battles his past demons, including issues with alcohol, Ernie faces his own challenges. Pressured into marriage and sudden fatherhood by his girlfriend (Candy Clark), Ernie can shrug off his personal problems when he enters the ring. As both fighters continue with their bouts, Tully's star falls while Ernie's is on the rise.

      • Rating: PG

      • Genre: Drama

      • Original Language: English

      • Director: John Huston

      • Producer: Ray Stark, John Huston

      • Writer: Leonard Gardner

      • Release Date (Theaters):  wide

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      • Distributor: Columbia Pictures

      • Production Co: Rastar Pictures, Columbia Pictures Corporation

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      • Aug 23, 2012

        The one consistent theme in all of John Huston's work is perpetual loss -- how it affects, and defines, people. There may not be a more cogent example of this than in his "comeback" film, Fat City, an observant and understated study of desperation and marginalization. It's a shame that Stacy Keach's film career never materialized (though he's had a good run in TV) because he is sensational here. If nothing else, this underrated film is worth seeking out for Conrad Hall's cinematography alone. He has done nothing but brilliant work in his career, but Fat City may be his finest hour.

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      • Jun 11, 2009

        a really good and gritty drama that must contain the performance of stacy keach's career. he plays a washed up fighter pushing 30 who meets young jeff bridges on his way up. and just who the hell is susan tyrell? i wanted to slap her in every scene. outstanding performance. it's a downer but a beautifully done and pretty much forgotten huston film from the 70's which was something of a comeback film for him. huston was a fighter in his younger days and so was the scriptwriter who adapted his own novel. they knew enough to get the details right. i loved the scenes where the trainers go on about the injuries they've seen.

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      • Jul 11, 2007

        John Huston's pictures are humane. All he had was sympathy and respect for those men and women born losers, survivors, ordinary people with struggles, sacrifices, constant boredom, values, cares, hopes, little but fruitful victories, plus scattered and rare but strong connections between them, that help to make it through each day. Here was accomplished another masterful allegory of life through boxing. Poetry with no need of words.

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      • Apr 28, 2007

        Good boxing film with great performances. The script was weak, but the plot srong. It was starting to become a genius film, but left me incomplete. Of course the ending was well made and directed, but turned out to be unappropriate. 59/100

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