FAT CITY di J. Huston @ sala cinema CPA FI-Sud

Fat City – scena iniziale del film

7 aprile 2008

Le Officine Cinematografiche di Jo La Face presentano:

"Città Amara" (Fat City) 1972 – John Huston – USA – col. 100′ 16mm

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Fat City (film) 

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Fat City 

Directed by     John Huston
Produced by     Ray Stark
John Huston
Written by     Leonard Gardner
Starring     Stacy Keach
Jeff Bridges
Susan Tyrrell
Candy Clark
Cinematography     Conrad L. Hall
Editing by     Walter Thompson
Distributed by     Columbia Pictures
Release date(s)     July 26, 1972
Running time     100 minutes
Country     United States
Language     English

Fat City (1972) is an American boxing drama film directed by John Huston. The picture stars Stacy Keach, Jeff Bridges, and Susan Tyrrell.[1]

The movie, one of John Huston’s later triumphs, is based on the boxing novel Fat City (1969) by Leonard Gardner, who also wrote the screenplay.

Tyrrell received an Oscar nomination as the world weary Oma.



The film tells of alcoholic
farm laborer Tully (Keach) who lives with Oma (Tyrrell) and is trying
to make a boxing comeback. Yet, his personal problems overpower him.

Fellow Stockton resident and fighter Ernie (Bridges) takes Tully’s advice to join Ruben’s (Nicholas Colasanto) gym and make something of himself.

Learning the lesson that "winning is not as easy as it sounds,"
Ernie is determined to get what he can out of boxing and, unlike Tully,
not let set-backs get the best of him.


The film was shot mostly in Stockton, California. According to the Stockton newspaper The Record‘s website, Stockton and the surrounding San Joaquin County
was once a desirable place to shoot films due to its varied landscapes
within considerably short distances of one another. In fact, many films
have been filmed in the city and county.

Another factor was the smaller production fees that had to be paid to the county by the producers.

The drama is featured in the documentary Visions Of Light: The Art Of Cinematography (1992) for Conrad L. Hall‘s use of lighting.


Keach and Tyrrell as Tully and Oma.

Keach and Tyrrell as Tully and Oma.


The film premiered in the United States on July 26, 1972.

The film was screened at various film festivals, including: the Cannes Film Festival, France, the Palm Springs International Film Festival, USA; and others. 

Critical reception

Critic Vincent Canby, film critic for The New York Times, liked the film and John Huston’s direction, and wrote, "This is grim material but Fat City is too full of life to be as truly dire as it sounds. Ernie and Tully, along with Oma (Susan Tyrrell),
the sherry-drinking barfly Tully shacks up with for a while, the
small-time fight managers, the other boxers and assorted countermen,
upholsterers, and lettuce pickers whom the film encounters en route,
are presented with such stunning and sometimes comic accuracy that Fat City transcends its own apparent gloom."[2]

Roger Ebert
liked the film as well and he makes the case it’s one of John Huston’s
best films. He also appreciated the acting performances. Ebert wrote,
"[Huston] treats [the story] with a level, unsentimental honesty and
makes it into one of his best films…[and] the movie’s edges are
filled with small, perfect character performances."[3]





  1. ^ Fat City at the Internet Movie Database.
  2. ^ Canby, Vincent. The New York Times, film review, July 27, 1972.
  3. ^ Ebert, Roger. Chicago Sun-Times, film review, January 1, 1972

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