On the Boardwalk of Dreams, everyone has a fantasy.
Once the Queen of Resorts, Atlantic City has become the seedy Queen of Rackets. And with the legalisation of gambling, small-time gangsters like Lou (Burt Lancaster) are the losers; running numbers for the Mob can no longer offer a livelihood.
But aging Lou’s life changes abruptly when he becomes involved with Dave (Robert Joy), a young dope dealer, and his estranged wife, the beautiful and ambitious Sally (Susan Sarandon). Working at the Casino oyster bar whilst taking a rigorous course in blackjack dealing, she dreams of a glamorous new life in the casinos of Monte Carlo. When Dave is killed, Lou and Sally find themselves thrown together in a real-life escapade involving love, money, dope and danger.
From director Louis Malle (Pretty Baby, Damage) this classic film features powerful performances from an illustrious cast, an original musical score composed by Michel Legrand and theme tune by Paul Anka. Scripted by award-winning writer John Guare and produced by Denis Heroux, Atlantic City received five Oscar nominations in 1981.