Fat City

Synopsis: The film tells the story of two boxers and their problems. One of them is on the decline of his career while the other one just begins his ascent in this sport.
Genre: Drama, Sport
Director(s): John Huston
Production: Sony Pictures Entertainment
  Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 2 wins & 2 nominations.
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96 min

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- Billy Tully told me to come by.

- You know Billy?

You got your stuff in there?

Get into your trunks.

- What's Billy doing these days?

- He didn't say.

I only met him once, at the Y.

Just sparred a little.

How did you do with him? All right?

You must have done all right.

Is Tully getting in shape?

Why was he at the Y instead of the Lido?

I think he's afraid to show

his face around here.

He was in about a year ago.

Said he wanted to start fighting again.

Trained for three days, borrowed $20,

I haven't seen him since.

Look what Felix Castillo done to me.

You know how much money I gave that guy?

I used to give him $2, $3

nearly every damn day.

It was movies, movies,

every damn day.

Tully didn't know how to punch

when he first came to me.

I put him on his way to the top.

He was the best fighter I ever handled.

He was tough and had heart.

But you can't watch a guy

24 hours a day.

He married some broad, and she undid

all the good I did for him.

And she destroyed his peace of mind.

He started losing, so she ran off.

- Come on, kid. You all set?

- Time!

I'm not rushing you.

I don't want you to think that.

I just want to get a good look at you.




You're okay.

Easy. It's okay.

All, right, now...

You step in with that jab, right?

His head goes back.

Hit him again.

Okay, again.

Hit him with the right!

Okay. All right.

That's it.

Feint him.

Make your openings.

You make your openings,

then bing, bing, bing!

- Understand what I mean?

- Yeah.


There you go.

A white kid came in today

that might shape up into something.

That's good.

He's got a great reach

and a good pair of legs.

And he's white, you know?

Real clean, good-looking kid.

I've got nothing against coloreds,

there's just too many in the game.

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Leonard Gardner

Leonard Gardner (born 3 November 1933) is an American novelist, short story writer, and screenwriter. His writing has appeared in The Paris Review, Esquire, The Southwest Review, and other publications, and he has been awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship.Gardner was born in Stockton, and went to San Francisco State University. He currently lives in Larkspur, California. Gardner's 1969 novel Fat City is an American classic whose stature has increased over the years. His screen adaptation of Fat City was made into an acclaimed 1972 film of the same title, directed by John Huston. The book and movie are set in and around Stockton and concern the struggles of third-rate pro boxers who only dimly comprehend that none of them will ever make the big time. Devoid of the usual "sweet science" cliches, the book roils with dark pessimism as the characters eke out a gritty existence. It is considered an underappreciated classic of early 1970s cinema. In their memoirs, producer Ray Stark and director John Huston both cited it as among their finest achievements. Gardner adapted his short story "Jesus Christ Has Returned to Earth and Appears Here Nightly" into the screenplay for the low-budget 1989 film Valentino Returns. He has a small part in the film, playing a character named Lyle. Gardner has made a couple of other acting appearances, most notably in Francis Ford Coppola's 1988 film Tucker: The Man and His Dream. Gardner appears in a handful of scenes as a character known only as the Gas Station Owner. He has written a number of screenplays for television, including several for NYPD Blue, for which he was a writer and producer for a few seasons. more…

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