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Atlantic City (1980)

Canada/France 104m, Colour
Director: Louis Malle; Cast: Burt Lancaster, Susan Sarandon, Kate Reid, Robert Joy, Hollis McLaren, Michel Piccoli, Al Waxman, Robert Goulet

Atlantic City is a nostalgic crime drama which brings together Lou Pascal – an old-timer who remembers the city in it glory days, and Sally Matthews – a young woman who has dreams of making a career for herself as a dealer in the city’s new casinos. After a grave event involving her dope peddling estranged husband, Lou steps in to assist her financially and as a friend. His help, however, comes at a price and results in unforeseen consequences involving the local mob. As their relationship deepens, it also serves as an analogue for the new and old Atlantic City, which is plainly connected through its people, despite the widespread urban renewal (Klaus Ming February 2012).


5 comments on “Atlantic City (1980)

  1. Anthony Lee Collins

    I need to see this again. It was one of my father’s favorite movies. I think I might appreciate it more than I did when I was young.

    • Klaus

      I think it’s an old guys movie 🙂

      • Anthony Lee Collins

        Well, then I guess I’ll watch it… in around twenty years!

        (Okay, I just added it in Netflix. 🙂 )

  2. Steve

    Review was incorrect. The “dope-dealing younger brother” was Susan Sarandon’s ex-husband, who had run off with her younger sister.

    • Klaus

      Indeed you are correct! Thanks for the correction.

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