Books: Overweight

FAT CITY

Directed by JOHN HUSTON Screenplay by LEONARD GARDNER

"Everybody dies," says a hustler in Body and Soul, one of the most memorable of all films about boxing. In Fat City, one of the least memorable, we watch a stifling process of human degradation symbolized by the desperate, random violence of tank-town prizefighting. Fat City is about a bunch of losers dying in spirit by slow, murderous inches. It lacks any substantial portion of compassion, however, any shred of insight to lift it above the level of a slumming expedition.

There was a time...