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DRUNKEN RAMBLING ON SUSAN TYRRELL IN FAT CITY

fatcity03FAT CITY centers on the lives of small-town boxers in Texas, and Stacy Keach is trying to cut the drinking habit and get back into the ring. He gets a job picking fruit, befriends a young hopeful Jeff Bridges, and things seem to be going alright, until he enters a bar for a drink or two, and mostly thanks to Susan Tyrrell, he sidesteps his comeback and becomes a full blown barfly…

But he’s nothing compared to Tyrrell, who, sitting at the end of the bar with her soft-spoken black boyfriend, shouts at all the men in the bar and is downright scary. Years ago, in my inexperienced youth… before I knew women like this actually existed in every corner bar in America… I had though her performance was way over-the-top. But the more I rewatch, the more I realize how important her screeching drunken wretch character is, and how she brings the film to a level of cosmic awesomeness: doing what no other actress can pull off. Lending a completely satisfied lush-till-the-end persona to an ultra realistic nerve-wrenching level, Susan allows Keach to climb his way out of the bottle. It would take a very special person to show the light to a man who can drink anyone under the table, that is, he’d have to meet his match, per say, and that’s where I believe no other actress, without Susan’s masculine strength and mongoose-of-steel determination, could do. In other words, being a film about boxing, the real challenge for the main character is out of the ring, into the barroom, and back out again. Whether her character, for Keach, represents the end of a road, or the beginning of a new one… He realizes it’s a path he couldn’t muster, no matter how tough and experienced he may be. ORIGINALLY WRITTEN ON APRIL 6th, 2010 FROM A NOW DEFUNCT MOVIE BLOG

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