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5.0 out of 5 stars Boxing without Don King., April 8, 1999
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This review is from: Fat City [VHS] (VHS Tape)
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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Initial post: Jun 17, 2010 10:46:08 PM PDT
ood review. I loved the bar scenes. Gardner (the novelist) and whoever wrote the screenplay nailed the bar palaver/bs. It's been over ten years since I saw the movie and read the novel, but I remember both well. They're that good.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 22, 2011 2:11:39 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Aug 22, 2011 2:14:28 PM PDT
NyiNya says:
I wish you'd listed an ID, Mr. Customer. Your reviews are worth reading. Anyway, I was going to do my own review, but yours took the wind out of my sails. No one could have summed it up any better.

By the way, I hope you see it coming next time and duck.
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