An aging boxer, and a young guy on the way up, both have hopes and dreams that probably won’t come true.
Most of the screen time in this movie is focused on one or the other of the two inner-city boxers- Stacy Keach plays the older man who is still trying to make it big, even though it’s obvious he’s missed his chance and is on the way down…he’s convinced that if he can just win one more match, it’ll solve all his problems, including bringing his wife back. Jeff Bridges is the young guy on the way up who comes to Keach for advice but has obviously surpassed him. The interplay between the two of them, and watching their trajectories, is most of this movie.
Fun fact: Fat City is one of the nicknames of Stockton, California, and this movie was filmed in the downtown area.