Atlantic City (1980)


atlantic“Don’t touch the suit. ” – Lou

Number of Times Seen – 1 (2 Dec 2015)

Brief Synopsis – A struggling waitress and a former small time gangster living in Atlantic City inadvertently get involved with stolen drugs and murder

My Take on it – This is another movie that has eluded me for years due to a lack of interest despite it being nominated for 5 Oscars including Best Picture.

My instincts were right and I didn’t really find this movie to be anything special.

It felt like a very average story with some quirky but still likable characters, but beyond that there wasn’t much else going for it.

I understand the idea that the characters have dreams to be more than they are and when they have the chance, there do find ways to make things work, but it doesn’t feel as original as I would have hoped for.

Perhaps back in 1980, this story was viewed as something else than what it seems 35 years later.

Bottom Line – Not sure why this movie is considered to be so great.  Story is average and the characters are quirky but somewhat likable, but not much more than that.  Was nominate for 5 Oscars, but didn’t manage to win any of them.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Just after filming ended Burt Lancaster nearly died during a routine gall bladder operation in January 1980, requiring multiple blood transfusions.  (From IMDB)

Rating – BAFTA Worthy

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