Atlantic City (1980)


Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBBB

Canada/France, 1980.  International Cinema Corporation, Canadian Film Development Corporation, Cine-Neighbor, Selta Films, Famous Players Limited.  Screenplay by .  Cinematography by .  Produced by , .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  

Excellent drama directed by Louis Malle, in which Burt Lancaster plays a petty criminal who gets caught up with Susan Sarandon in a crooked drug deal orchestrated by her husband (). Great photography, thirties-style gangster characters and an excellent script by playwright John Guare make for fantastic entertainment, and one of the best films of its year.

Academy Award Nominations:  Best Picture; Best Actor (Burt Lancaster); Best Actress (Susan Sarandon); Best Director (Louis Malle); Best Original Screenplay

Golden Globe Award Nominations:  Best Actor-Drama (Burt Lancaster); Best Director; Best Foreign Film

Venice Film Festival Award:  Golden Lion (tie)


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