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Atlantic City

5

The finest of Louis Malle’s American films, with Susan Sarandon grabbing her first truly worthwhile part with both hands and Burt Lancaster magisterial in one of his greatest roles. Burt’s a washed-up, small-time hood, living off illusions of the past; Susan’s a would-be croupier with fantasies of Monte Carlo; and around them the faded boardwalk glories of Atlantic City are succumbing to the wrecker’s ball. Warm, witty, compassionate – but with some masterfully staged action sequences – Malle’s film offers a wry elegy for the American Dream. No extras.

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