Fat City

BBBB

(out of 5)


Atmosphere overrules plot in this unjustifiably forgotten minor classic by John Huston. is terrific as a has-been boxer who meets young up and comer  and suggests he take on his own former trainer. Inspired by the successful relationship he creates, Keach re-enters the competitive world of boxing himself but is hampered by his age, his destructive relationship with a charismatic barfly () and his inability to successfully hold down a job. The goal here is not a big, inspiring grand prize, but just the opportunity to keep going in what is a highly watchable, low-key charmer. Keach is superb, while Tyrell is excellent in an Oscar-nominated performance as the damaged woman with whom Keach takes up, but all the performances are standouts here, and the mood that pervades over all of it is a great tribute to Huston’s ability to make something rich out of even the simplest story.


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USA, 1972

Directed by John Huston

Screenplay by , based on his novel

Cinematography by

Produced by ,

Music by

Production Design by

Costume Design by

Film Editing by


Cast Tags:  , , , , , ,, , ,


Academy Award Nomination
Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Susan Tyrrell as “Oma”)

New York Film Critics Award Nomination
Best Supporting Actress (Susan Tyrrell)

National Society of Film Critics Award Nomination
Best Supporting Actress (Susan Tyrrell)


FatCity

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