Fat City

Fat City

Director: John Huston Cast: Stacy Keach, Jeff Bridges, Susan Tyrrell


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With a screenplay adapted by Leonard Gardner from his own novel, John Huston's drama examines the meager hopes and resigned dreams of small-time boxers. In limbo between retirement and his youthful prime, alcoholic farm laborer Tully (Stacy Keach) shacks up with fellow outcast Oma (Susan Tyrrell) and keeps trying to make a boxing comeback, but his personal demons repeatedly overpower his ambitions. Meanwhile, fellow Stockton, CA resident and budding fighter Ernie (Jeff Bridges) takes Tully's advice to join trainer Ruben (Nicholas Colasanto)'s gym and make something of himself. Learning the tough lesson that winning is not as easy as it sounds, Ernie is still determined to get what he can out of boxing and, unlike Tully, not let disappointments get the best of him. Shot on location in Stockton by Conrad Hall, the film maintains a realistic, slice-of-life view of Tully's and Ernie's struggles, eschewing theatrical boxing victories for psychological and social details. As Huston avowed at the Cannes Film Festival that Fat City's virtue was its "modesty," critics agreed that he had made his best film in two decades; and Tyrrell was nominated for a Best Supporting Actress Oscar. However, despite the praise and the efforts of producer Ray Stark, Fat City failed at the box office. Even so, its unromanticized depiction of modest wins and personal losses revealed that old Hollywood pro Huston had adapted well to the late '60s-early '70s New Hollywood grit, and the film revived his artistic standing.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/06/2012
UPC: 0043396398528
Original Release: 1972
Rating: PG
Source: Sony Pictures Home
Sales rank: 32,528

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Stacy Keach Tully
Jeff Bridges Ernie Munger
Susan Tyrrell Oma
Candy Clark Faye
Nicholas Colasanto Ruben
Art Aragon Babe
Wayne Mahan Buford
Ruben Navarro Fuentes
Curtis Cokes Earl
Sixto Rodriguez Lucero
Bill Walker Wes
Kris Kristofferson Singer

Technical Credits
John Huston Director
Margaret Booth Editor
Leonard Gardner Screenwriter
Conrad L. Hall Cinematographer
Marvin Hamlisch Score Composer,Musical Direction/Supervision
Morrie Hoffman Set Decoration/Design
Dorothy Jeakins Costumes/Costume Designer
Kris Kristofferson Score Composer
Tom Overton Sound/Sound Designer
Arthur Piantadosi Sound/Sound Designer
Fred Roos Casting
Jennifer Shull Casting
Ray Stark Producer
Paul Stewart Special Effects
Richard Sylbert Production Designer
Walter Thompson Editor
Jack H. Young Makeup

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