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Atlantic City

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.

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.

The film is well limned by Burt Lancaster as a smalltime, mythomaniacal, aging mafia hood, Susan Sarandon as an ambitious young woman, Kate Reid as a fading moll and Robert Joy and Hollis McLaren as Sarandon’s husband and young sister.

Atlantic City is also a character as director Louis Malle adroitly uses decrepit old and new facades; New Jersey voted to allow gambling at this resort which had boasted gangsters, prohibition capers and big show attractions.

1981: Nominations: Best Picture, Director, Actor (Burt Lancaster), Actress (Susan Sarandon), Original Screenplay

Atlantic City

Canada - France - US

  • Production: Cine-Neighbor/Selta. Director Louis Malle; Producer Denis Heroux; Writer John Guare; Camera Richard Ciupka Editor Suzanne Baron; Music Michel Legrand Art Anne Pritchard
  • Crew: (Color) Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1980. Running time: 104 MIN.
  • With: Burt Lancaster Susan Sarandon Michel Piccoli Kate Reid Robert Joy Hollis McLaren
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