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Atlantic City
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Directed By
Louis Malle

Burt Lancaster, Susan Sarandon, Michel Piccoli, Hollis McLaren, Robert Joy, Al Waxman, Robert Goulet, Kate Reid, Angus MacInnes, Sean Sullivan, Wallace Shawn, Harvey Atkin, Louis Del Grande, Moses Znaimer

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Atlantic City (1980)
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Movie Review by AJ
June 5th, 2006

If there's any type of movie I hate, it's a pretentious one. This is why I've had such difficulty getting into the works of Fellini and Bu˝uel, as well as the first half-hour of Louis Malle's Atlantic City. The first 30 minutes nearly bored me to sleep, and I was ready to pan it into oblivion...but then it began to surprise me in the most subtle ways. The script bits and character quirks that had been irritating me in the worst way were almost completely eradicated after the death of a prominent character, which really pushes the plot forward and allows the movie to achieve something close to near-wonder. Most of this hinges on the fantastic performance by Burt Lancaster as an over-the-hill mobster hanging onto the bottom rung of the ladder. He easily outperforms co-star Susan Sarandon (who is good in her own right), creating one of the most captivating characters I've seen in some time. The beginning lags and it sometimes comes off as awkward, but I have the feeling that if you're going to fall for Atlantic City, you'll fall hard.

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