Billy Tully once had a promising boxing career. Now, at 29, he’s a hopeless drunkard. After sparring at the gym with Ernie, Tully sends the talented hobby boxer to his former trainer Ruben, who arranges a few training bouts, all of which Ernie loses. By then, Tully dares to attempt a comeback…
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American cinema of the 70s. Rightly cherished. It was a fertile time when a new wave of young filmmakers broke through the doors after a period of confusion re: how to market movies to young people. All bets were off. It's positively delightful that one of the best, most emblematic (!) films of the era (and, well, one of the best of all time) was directed by Hollywood pro (royalty, really) already in his sixties.
Cinematography by Conrad L. Hall. "Desire" list: Ahh, Jeff Bridges, it's so becoming to him the romanesque of the losers and its narrative suspension! And Stacy Keach, it's so becoming to him the romanesque suspension and the narrative of the losers!
Kris Kristofferson's Help Me Make It Through The Night perfectly illustrates the despair of most of Fat City's characters. I liked a lot the first and the last scene of the film that say the same thing : Stacy Keach is getting nowhere no matter how hard he tries. Highly recommended.
Huston's best film from this period (well...tied with "Wise Blood"). Stacy Keach's best role and Susan Tyrell is a stand out too. This movie feels more Bukowski then "Barfly" which has a similiar vibe.
Not really a sports movie at all, John Huston's character study is light on plot, but long on rich, authentic characters. Superb performances by Stacy Keach, Susan Tyrrell, and a young Jeff Bridges, an excellent loose script by Leonard Gardner (from his novel), and a palpable atmosphere of down-and-out desperation. An absolute classic.
La esencia de los años 70's en un film fronterizo se deja notar con parajes fotográficos de deleite, la decadencia de los personajes donde la fatalidad va por encima del sueño americano, de aquellos héroes que se levantan siempre de los escombros, a los hombres que viven debajo de ellos. Un film emblemático de Houston, con escenas memorables, pero que se pierde en sí mismo.