Atlantic City
Atlantic City (1980)

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… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: September 2, 1980
DVD Release Date: May 14, 2002
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Eric Hynes
Village Voice

[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.

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Variety Staff

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.

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Cole Smithey

"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.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

A shimmering success.

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

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.

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TV Guide

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.

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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times

"Atlantic City" is a sophisticated fairy tale, beautifully acted and beautiful to behold; it is as funny as it is touching.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-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.

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For all the flaws in the plot, the triumvurate of Malle, Lancaster and Sarandon give this moody little thriller a seductive, lingering power.

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Flixster Audience Score: 77% Flixster User Reviews
Tim Sigur
Cool little gangster film starring the always entertaining, legendary Burt Lancaster. What I liked most about the movie was the connection between… More
John Ballantine
Those in Toronto will know it as the film where City TV former head Moses Zanimer has a cameo as a hood. You expect more from a lineup that includes Lancaster… More
Lanning : )
Teach me stuff. <p> Maybe my favorite Burt Lancaster movie -- when it's the most recent one I've seen : ) I can never decide. So many good… More
Daniel Dolgin
Atlantic City is the story of Lou (Burt Lancaster) who has passed his prime as the top dog of Atlantic City. We soon find out he has become a wanna be, and… More
Cameron Johnson
"Everything dies, baby, that's a fact, maybe everything that dies some day comes back. Put your makeup on, fix your hair up pretty, and meet me… More
Danny Rovira
An absolutely brilliant film by the Louis Malle, this production is pure class and never lets up: it concerns a small group of losers and fools in Atlantic… More