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Fat City (1978)

Stacy Keach , Jeff Bridges , John Huston  |  PG |  DVD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Stacy Keach, Jeff Bridges, Susan Tyrrell, Candy Clark, Nicholas Colasanto
  • Directors: John Huston
  • Writers: Leonard Gardner
  • Producers: John Huston, David Dworski, Ray Stark
  • Format: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Full Screen, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0)
  • Subtitles: English, French
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: December 10, 2002
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00006SFJS
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #161,472 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Fat City" on IMDb

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FAT CITY is a powerful and gripping story about personal wins and losses in the raw rugged world of amateur boxing. Directed by legendary Oscar®-winning filmmaker John Huston (1949 Best Director Best Screenplay The Treasure of the Sierra Madre) the film stars the incredible talents of Stacy Keach (American History X TV's "Mike Hammer") Jeff Bridges (Jagged Edge The Mirror Has Two Faces) Candy Clark (At Close Range American Graffiti) and Susan Tyrrell (Cry-Baby Powder) in her 1972 Best Supporting Actress Oscar®-nominated performance.System Requirements:Running Time: 96 Min.Format: DVD MOVIE Genre: DRAMA Rating: PG UPC: 043396078888 Manufacturer No: 07888

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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 3 Stellar performances September 26, 2005
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
The only reason this product isn't getting five stars from me is the lack of extras. This is a much-overlooked film from one of our greatest directors, John Huston, who managed to get stellar performances from all three leads. Stacy Keach has never been better playing a "down on his luck" ex-fighter who has fallen into the clutches of alcoholism and seems to be satified with his fate. When he finds a young fighter in the form of Jeff Bridges in one of his early "star in the making" roles, he sees the hope of redemption. However he must first overcome the life he has willingly let himself wallow in, and one of the biggest obstacles to overcome is his enabler, played to perfection by the always magnificent Susan Tyrrell. Ms. Tyrell was at her peak in this Oscar-nominted performance and is one of the cinema's truly individual and singular actresses. Her portrayal of Keach's alcoholic "girlfriend" epitomizes the despair and hopelessness of someone who has lost their way in life and tries desperately to find it in a bottle. Even Meryl Streep's Oscar-nominated performance in Ironweed can't compare to Tyrrell's depiction of one of life's outcasts "on the skids" and apparently resigned to her fate. She is by far the main reason to see Fat City and to seek out her other performances, which include another Oscar-nominated one in Another Man, Another Chance. John Huston definitely elicited 3 stellar perfomances in Fat City and for that alone this film resonates long after the end-credits. A true standout!
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25 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Boxing without Don King. April 8, 1999
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This is a great grim movie. Huston did a heckuva job adapting Gardner's novel, but he started with grim material and went deeper into it. One memorable scene is when Keech manages to shake off his wine hangover and walks outside his transient hotel to try and make a new start on his life. He boldy heads out on the sidewalk, does a bit of bobbing and weaving on the curb. He's ready to turn over that new leaf but looks around at the city, and you can watch the wheels turn in his head as the he decides to go back inside. Punchdrunk. Rummy. It didn't take long to whip him this round, and all his rounds are pretty much like this. But he doesn't quit, the fight is still in him. The rage is there, but the skill and conditioning is long gone, so are his chances. They can beat him, they could kill him but they don't bother. The thing is, you can knock him down but he won't stay down, and sometimes that's all it takes. Between the white port in the alley, working the onion fields and listening to the old boxers talking about their lives, you wonder just what he's really teaching his new protege', and why either one even bothers. It's called life. It's not much but it's all we get, so take a tip from an old pro and don't stay on the canvas. Susan Tyrell does a great job, deserved her Oscar nomination, but reminded me of too many former flames perched on that barstool. Hmmm. Perhaps I'm trapped in the same...whack! Ooof,I didn't see that one coming. Life keeps hitting me with so many lefts, I'm begging for a right. If you're able to extract inspiration from a movie filled with scenes from a very tough life, watch Fat City. If you're looking for something fluffy, ain't nothin' here but a scram. Take it on the arches, pal.
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27 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brutal Reality Brilliantly Portrayed February 2, 2002
Format:VHS Tape
Stacey Keach and Susan Tyrrell deliver Oscar caliber performance while Jeff Bridges launches a brilliant career in this 1972 epic, one of the best directorial efforts of the storied career of John Huston. Keach and Bridges play fighters trying to make a go of life in the tough world of professional boxing in Stockton, a delta city in Northern California.
Keach, living in a fleabag hotel, meets young Bridges at the local YMCA, where the former professional boxer has gone to work out. After enticing Bridges to spar a little, Keach is astonished when the younger man with the fast moves reveals he has never boxed, either amateur or professional. Keach suggests that Bridges look up his former manager, played by Nick Colasanto, at the Lido Gym.
Colasanto and his trainer, played by former ranked lightweight and welterweight, Art Aragon, waste no time in turning Bridges amateur. After Bridges' first workout Colasanto tells his wife that a good looking, clean cut "white kid" like Bridges should make a good crowd draw.
Keach falls on hard times, getting fired from his fry cook's job, going out early in the morning to work as a picker at nearby farms. He also forms a romantic relationship with hard luck Tyrrell, a heavy drinker, whose live in love, played by former world welterweight champion Curtis Cokes, has gone to jail on an assault charge. The fight was brought on by resentment of his interracial romance with Tyrrell. Meanwhile Keach moves in with Tyrrell.
When Keach, spurred on by Bridges' ring progress, decides to make a comeback, in his sober state he can no longer abide Tyrrell and moves out. When Cokes finishes serving his time he moves back in with her again.
Bridges has his own romantic involvement with Candy Clark. They make love in his car.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Almost the best movie about boxing! September 18, 2000
Format:VHS Tape
Not the most upbeat film, but absolutely remarkable. A gem from John Huston's later years. The whole cast does a spectacular job here-Stacy Keach, Susan Tyrell, Jeff Bridges and Candy Clark. The feeling this film leaves you with is a rare one and I just love it. An underapprecited masterpiece from a old master.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
Stupid movie that I was suckered into paying for and watchng
Published 1 month ago by R. Jakobs
4.0 out of 5 stars Gift for son
My son appreciated Fat City which he had asked me to obtain for him. He enjoys some of the older entertainment '
DVD, etc.
Published 4 months ago by Della M. Meisinger
4.0 out of 5 stars Gritty Film
Interesting film into the underbelly of life. Overstated, but pretty accurate. An appreciation of boxing and Stacy Keach will help.
Published 7 months ago by JG
1.0 out of 5 stars Fat City
This was my mistake. I meant to order F.A.T. City and ordered this by mistake. I did not even watch it so I cant really rate it.
Published 9 months ago by Chana Friedman
3.0 out of 5 stars Shot in my town, and good acting. Otherwise not worth the time and...
I decided to give this film a shot simply because it was filmed in the town I have lived in for the past 17 years, Stockton, Ca. This town was a good choice to make this film in. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Quadro Sinead Summer
5.0 out of 5 stars Fat City
I was unable to even view it because I live in Europe, bought it from a U.S. firm, and DVDs are coded differently from zone to zone. I did not know that. (U.S. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Simon Burnett
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't miss this gem!
If your a fan of gritty, slice of life movies, this has everything. Great cast,direction,soundtrack. I was instantly enamored with it when I first viewed it in the early seventies. Read more
Published 23 months ago by louis l cannon
5.0 out of 5 stars Unethical
Funny how the price of this dvd went up after Susan Tyrrell died. Vultures. It's amazing that someone who deserves better gets no respect.
Published on June 22, 2012 by M. Nichols
4.0 out of 5 stars JOHN HUSTON, OPUS 29
Kris Kristofferson's Help Me Make It Through The Night perfectly illustrates the despair of most of Fat City's characters. Read more
Published on February 3, 2012 by Daniel S.
5.0 out of 5 stars "Fat City" ,Blues.
Excellent gritty and realistic drama,a late masterwork from John Huston.Not at all your usual
boxing yarn,with Stacey Keach at his best,and a young Jeff Bridges. Read more
Published on March 8, 2011 by easyandy
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