Friday, March 31, 2017

Atlantic City (1980)

Academy Awards, USA 1982

Best Picture
Denis Héroux
Best Actor in a Leading Role
Burt Lancaster
Best Actress in a Leading Role
Susan Sarandon
Best Director
Louis Malle
Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen
John Guare

Paramount Pictures
Directed by Louis Malle
My rating: 2 stars out of 4
IMDb Wikipedia
(DVD, Paramount)

Aging ex-mobster Burt Lancaster runs a poor man's numbers racket among the decaying urban ruins of Atlantic City. He spies on pretty neighbor Susan Sarandon as she indulges in a daily lemon bath. He befriends her estranged husband when he shows up one day at her apartment with a stash of stolen cocaine, but is murdered before he can unload it all. Lancaster is left with the unsold drugs and continues to sell it, using the wads of cash to seduce Sarandon. This slow moving film is populated by selfish, shallow characters with little moral grounding. Sarandon is miscast by her husband, director Malle, who seems more interested in showing off her breasts whenever the chance arises.

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