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With a screenplay adapted by Leonard Gardner from his own novel, John Huston's drama examines the meager hopes and resigned dreams of small-time boxers. In limbo between retirement and his youthful prime, alcoholic farm laborer Tully (Stacy Keach) shacks up with fellow outcast Oma (Susan Tyrrell) and keeps trying to make a boxing comeback, but his personal demons repeatedly overpower his ambitions. Meanwhile, fellow Stockton, CA resident and budding fighter Ernie (Jeff Bridges) takes Tully's advice to join trainer Ruben (Nicholas Colasanto)'s gym and make something of himself.… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 100%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"So you say to yourself, this Fat City is pretty damn realistic, even if you know in your heart that "realistic" and Hollywood should not be printed on the same page-otherwise paper ignites. Still, you're marveling at it."
‑ David Thomson, The New Republic
"Marvellous, grimly downbeat study of desperate lives and the escape routes people construct for themselves, stunningly shot by Conrad Hall."
‑ Tom Milne, Time Out
"Both an extraordinarily realistic look at the bottom rungs of the fight game and a moving exploration of the human condition."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"The downbeat sports drama is a marvelous understated character study of the marginalized leading desperate lives."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"An insightful, humanist masterwork."
‑ Bill Chambers, Film Freak Central
"A terse, sharp, downbeat but compassionate look at the underside of smalltown American life in the west."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"The movie's edges are filled with small, perfect character performances."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Fat City is most notable for terrific performances all around, especially those of Stacy Keach, Susan Tyrell, and a baby-faced Jeff Bridges."
‑ Gabe Leibowitz, Film and Felt
"Huston really gets the flavor of Stockton, CA, and with its run-down drinking establishments, sleazy gyms, and bad coffee joints."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"The movie is crafty work and very much a show. In one way or another, right down to the percussively abrupt open ending, it's all about being hammered."
‑ J. Hoberman, Village Voice
"Mr. Gardner's screenplay, of course, is something quite special, full of the kind of dialogue that movies usually can't afford, that defines time, place, mood, and character while seemingly going nowhere."
‑ Vincent Canby, New York Times
"Grim and downbeat, John Huston's superlative drama about a bunch of losers in Stockton California is splendidly acted by Stacy Keach, Jeff Bridges, and particularly Susan Tyrrell in a well-deserved Oscar nominated turn."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"There's very little let-up in the gloom and it's best simply to concentrate on the excellent acting, with Tyrrell's Oscar-nominated turn outstanding."
‑ , Film4
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