Atlantic City
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Burt Lancaster stars as Lou, an aging mob flunkey, barely making a living in Atlantic City. Susan Sarandon plays Sally, a casino croupier whose husband Dave (Robert Joy) steals a large supply of drugs from the mob. When he is killed, the narcotics pass to the unwilling Sally. Lou, in the midst of longtime affair with middle-aged gangster's widow Grace (Kate Reid), falls for the much younger Sally, becoming her savior by killing the mob thugs sent to shut her up. The killings serve a therapeutic value for Lou, proving that he hasn't lost his old panache.

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 100%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"[Sarandon is] shirtless before she even has a name, but her desire to be ogled is granted dignity and power; gradually and unassumingly, she upstages a terrific Burt Lancaster."
‑ Eric Hynes, Village Voice
"Film is blessed with a spare, intriguing script by Yank John Guare, which always skirts impending cliches and predictability by finding unusual facets in his characters and their actions."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
""Atlantic City" is full of compact social editorializing that elevates its seemingly run-of-the-mill trappings into something sublime by way of its emotionally dependent characters."
‑ Cole Smithey,
"A well observed and deeply tender tale."
‑ Kim Newman, Empire Magazine
"If you don't already love Sarandon, this is the feature that would do it. Director and the 2 stars mesh their talents beautifully."
‑ Brandon Judell, PopcornQ
"A shimmering success."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"Eclectic, pacy and hard to categorise, it's part crime thriller, part love story, part fairytale, and part a gentle, generous examination of certain dying aspects of American culture."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"Malle pulls off a minor coup here, celebrating his wounded characters even as he mercilessly reveals their dreams for the hopeless illusions they really are."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"This lyrical tale set in Atlantic City in times of change is full of offbeat characters. It is evocatively directed by Louis Malle in his second (and better) American film and well acted by Burt Lancaster and Susan Sarandon as the odd romantic couple."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Poignant, atmospheric mood piece with pristine performances by Lancaster and Sarandon."
‑ Nick Davis, Nick's Flick Picks
""Atlantic City" is a sophisticated fairy tale, beautifully acted and beautiful to behold; it is as funny as it is touching."
‑ Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times
"What makes "Atlantic City" sweet -- and that's the word for it -- is the gentleness with which Lou handles his last chance at amounting to something, and the wisdom with which Sally handles Lou."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"For all the flaws in the plot, the triumvurate of Malle, Lancaster and Sarandon give this moody little thriller a seductive, lingering power."
‑ , Film4
"Intriguing from beginning to end."
‑ Alex Sandell, Juicy Cerebellum
"Pleasingly unsentimental."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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