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4.0
692 Ratings

Fat City

Directed by John Huston
United States, 1972
Drama, Sport

Synopsis

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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Fat City Directed by John Huston
In this rueful, mordant film’s terrific final scene, Tully — stubbly, bruised, dirty, and drunk — pleads with Ernie to keep him company at a 24-hour diner. “You think he was ever young once?” Tully asks his obliging, still-adolescent companion as they stare at the wizened Asian man pouring them coffee, a question the washed-up fighter has clearly been asking himself for at least a decade.
August 15, 2017
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By the end of this delicately noir film, both men come around to cold truth. “Just when you get rolling, your life makes a beeline for the drain,” says Tully. Their trainers and their women flatter to deceive, and their delusions—the what-ifs and the if-onlys—chain them to squalid decline. They are the stuff that dreams are made of.
November 18, 2015
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The film is as stuck in a haze as its protagonists, with neither attaining sharpness or clarity, both shot in the dusky glow of DP Conrad Hall’s cinematography. All of which can be seen to devastating effect in the beautiful new Blu-ray from Twilight Time.
September 22, 2015
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