Fat City
Fat City (1972)

This gritty yet affectionate look at the world of small-time boxing highlights a down-and-out slugger and a young up-and-comer, both moving gracefully through a world of seedy gyms and flop houses.

Rated: PG
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Release Date: July 26, 1972
DVD Release Date: December 10, 2002
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Critic Score: 100% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Fat City is a bleak, mordant, slice of life boxing drama that doesn't pull its punches.

Alan Scherstuhl
Village Voice

The movie's bleak, but it's funnier than most comedies, and it suggests that life's toughness doesn't preclude joyfulness.

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J. Hoberman
Village Voice

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.

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Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing

With Leonard Gardner adapting his own book and John Huston sitting in the director's chair, Fat City adheres closer to real life than reel life, painting a portrait of a downtrodden existence not only among the have-nots but among the never-will-haves.

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David Thomson
The New Republic

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.

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Tom Milne
Time Out

Marvellous, grimly downbeat study of desperate lives and the escape routes people construct for themselves, stunningly shot by Conrad Hall.

TV Guide

Both an extraordinarily realistic look at the bottom rungs of the fight game and a moving exploration of the human condition.

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Variety Staff

A terse, sharp, downbeat but compassionate look at the underside of smalltown American life in the west.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

The movie's edges are filled with small, perfect character performances.

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Gabe Leibowitz
Film and Felt

Fat City is most notable for terrific performances all around, especially those of Stacy Keach, Susan Tyrell, and a baby-faced Jeff Bridges.

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Flixster Audience Score: 85% Flixster User Reviews
Jonathan Hutchings
The one consistent theme in all of John Huston's work is perpetual loss -- how it affects, and defines, people. There may not be a more cogent example of… More
Christopher Brown
My favourite John Huston film with amazing performances by Keach and Susan Tyrrell. Jeff Bridges is great as well. Depressing, but somewhat inspiring as well.… More
Pierluigi Puccini
John Huston's pictures are humane. All he had was sympathy and respect for those men and women born losers, survivors, ordinary people with struggles,… More
Stella Dallas
a really good and gritty drama that must contain the performance of stacy keach's career. he plays a washed up fighter pushing 30 who meets young jeff… More