Lou is a small time gangster, who thinks he used to be something big. He meets up with a younger girl, Sally, who is learning to be a croupier. Her husband turns up with drugs he has stolen from the Mafia.
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A beautifully bleak movie about desire, delusion...a lack of self awareness, and nostalgia. Lancaster's close to swan song great performance is well matched by the rest of the cast in one of Malle's better more known films.
I wanted to like this movie. But I couldn't. From the beginning I was thinking: why the hype about this? Burt Lancaster & Susan Sarandon are great actors, but here, it does not work at all for me. Honestly, this is a boring movie. No crime, no thrill, no comedy, no nothing. Disappointing.
fantastic film about how life, values, and expectations change from generation to generation. The film showcases (simultaneously) 3 separate american generations against the backdrop of a city in transition -- the actual Atlantic City during it's transformation from outdated resort city to gambling mecca. A fascinating study of change by a premiere filmmaker.
Really idiotic. I knew I was in trouble in the very first scene when Susan Sarandon was rubbing citrus fruit on her breasts in front of the kitchen window as a decrepit Burt Lancaster ogled from next door. No amount of aggressive citrus fruit rubbing will counteract the fishy smell of this movie.
Lancaster is so extraordinary here. Everything that he lived through comes into play with this performance. Also, this film is the inauguration of Sarandon as a real actress and, ultimately, as a brilliant comedienne.
Grasping at dignity and delusion while trying to navigate the world with a little grace and self-respect. We hope Sarandon's Sally makes it through better than Lancaster's Lou - and the movie seems to imply that she will - but she's still got a long way to go until she's endured as many years of disappointment and dissolution as Lou has.