Atlantic City

Atlantic City

DVD - 2002
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The story of the changes encountered by people when gambling is legalized in Atlantic City. Lancaster stars as a bodyguard to an aging beauty queen.
Publisher: Hollywood, Calif. : Paramount, c2002
ISBN: 9780792179146
0792179145
Branch Call Number: DVD Drama / Atlan 3558ad 1
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (103 min.) :,sd., col. ;,12 cm., in container +,1 insert

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Monolith
Mar 29, 2015

A sad movie for the most part... Lancaster plays a shadow of what he once was, the glory of his Atlantic City gangster days long, long gone. But fate throws him a dangerous but tempting opportunity to briefly escape his impoverished and undignified present. And a fleeting May/December romance as icing on the cake.

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pegasus71
Jan 10, 2014

One of Louis Malle’s later films done here in the United States which doesn’t quite seem to have his usual magical touch. Rather it comes across as a sort of pedestrian petty crime story. Burt Lancaster plays an aging fringe mobster who gets caught up in a stolen drug deal gone bad by Susan Sarandon’s husband who has impregnated her sister with whom he is running around with. For a while it seemed a bit like a May-December Bonnie and Clyde saga that never quite got off the ground. The best part of the film were the scenes of a transitional Atlantic City where the old run down boardwalk and gambling parlors were giving way to a new world of casinos. Sarandon was Malle’s girlfriend at the time which probably greatly accounts for his making the film. Also there was a lot of pressure from the financiers to complete the film in a short time frame which most likely further impacted the quality of the film. The screenplay is by John Guare but seemed a thin work compared to his later SIX DEGREES OF SEPARATION.

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nptphoto
Jan 17, 2012

A brilliant film, one that is clearly beyond the comprehension of Charlie68. In the early 1980s, it was still possible for a film to receive an R rating for a handful of profanities or even a single use of a four-letter term. The movie has one of Burt Lancaster's best performances, and yes, the film's rhythms and tone are unique, unhurried, almost Zen. Could a collaboration between John Guare and Louis Malle be anything else? :)

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Charlie68
Feb 20, 2010

Very plodding at times the pacing of this movie. Usual too that this film was funded by the Canadian film board. There's a few Canadians in it, Al Waxman, Moses Znaimer, and a few of the characters are from Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, but other wise it is an entirely American film. Almost every scene is in Atlantic City, hence the name. The ending is a little weird too. The R rating is also weird. A very tepid movie for an R rating.

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Charlie68
Feb 20, 2010

Charlie68 thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over

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