Atlantic City, USA (1980)

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Atlantic City, USA: Directed by Louis Malle. With Burt Lancaster, Susan Sarandon, Kate Reid, Michel Piccoli. In a corrupt city, a small-time gangster and the estranged wife of a pot dealer find themselves thrown together in an escapade of love, money, drugs and danger.

“u0026quot;Atlantic Cityu0026quot; is the movie wherein my crush on Susan Sarandon (and her figure) reached full flower. She is klutzy, strong-willed, and hopeful as an aspiring casino dealer at the dawn of Las Vegas East. Burt Lancaster gives a heart-rending performance as a two-bit crook who has simply outlived all the real thugs. It was like watching a mighty oak refuse to shed its last few tender leaves before succumbing to the frigid indifference of Winter. Louis Malle keeps the movie moving along amiably, and the few weak points (the ex-husband, occasional overacting by SS, some viewers may also find BL a bit hammy for their tastes) are not particularly dire. The film evokes the spirit of the great film noirs of the 1940s and 1950s. Think Coen Bros. served with a thick glaze of sentimentality. Comic yet poignant, u0026quot;Atlantic Cityu0026quot; is one of the Best Films of the Eighties (says I).u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003eu0026quot;Tutti-frutti ice cream and craps donu0026#39;t mix.u0026quot;”

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