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Fat City

Title: 
Fat City
Year: 
1971
Film Format: 
dvd
Director: 
Huston, John
Language: 
English
Country: 
United States
Genre: 
Drama
Actors: 
Stacy Keach
Actors: 
Jeff Bridges
Actors: 
Susan Tyrell
Actors: 
Keach and Bridges are both excellent but Susan Tyrell's performance as Keach's deadbeat girlfriend is flat out one of the best character studies of that era along with Lisa Eichhorn's Maureen Cutter in Cutters Way.
Film Reviews: 

Marvellous, grimly downbeat study of desperate lives and the escape routes people construct for themselves, stunningly shot by Conrad Hall. The setting is Stockton, California, a dreary wasteland of smoky bars and sunbleached streets where the lives of two boxers briefly meet, one on the way up, one on the way down. Neither, you sense instantly, for all their talk of past successes and future glories, will ever know any other world than the back-street gymnasiums and cheap boxing-rings where battered trainers and managers exchange confidences about their ailments, disappointments and dreams, and where in a sad and sobering climax two sick men beat each other half to death for a few dollars and a pint of glory. Huston directs with the same puritanical rigour he brought to Wise Blood. Beautifully summed up by Paul Taylor as a 'masterpiece of skid row poetry'.

Author: Tom Milne, Time Out

Date Arrival: 
19 October 2006