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O Lucky Man! (1973)

 -  Comedy | Drama | Fantasy  -  20 June 1973 (USA)
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This sprawling, surrealist musical serves as an allegory for the pitfalls of capitalism, as it follows the adventures of a young coffee salesman in Europe. Many actors play multiple roles, ... See full summary »

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Michael Arnold Travis / Plantation thief
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Sir James Burgess / Monty
Rachel Roberts ...
Gloria Rowe / Madame Paillard / Mrs. Richards
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Mr. Duff / Charlie Johnson / Dr. Munda
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Patricia
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Stewart / Prof. Millar / Meths Drinker
Peter Jeffrey ...
Factory chairman / Prison governor
Dandy Nichols ...
Tea Lady / Neighbour
Mona Washbourne ...
Neighbour / Usher / Sister Hallett
Philip Stone ...
Jenkins / Interrogator / Salvation Army major
Mary MacLeod ...
Mrs. Ball / Salvationist / Vicar'w Wife
Michael Bangerter ...
William / Interrogator / Assistant / Released prisoner
Wallas Eaton ...
John Stone (Coffee Factory) / Col. Steiger / Prison Warder / Meths Drinker / Film Executive
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Master of Ceremonies (Nightspot) / Warner / Male nurse
Bill Owen ...
Supt. Barlow / Insp. Carding
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This sprawling, surrealist musical serves as an allegory for the pitfalls of capitalism, as it follows the adventures of a young coffee salesman in Europe. Many actors play multiple roles, giving the film a stagy tone. Written by Philip Brubaker <coda@nando.net>

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Smile while you're makin' it. Laugh while you're takin' it. Even though you're fakin' it. Nobody's gonna know...

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Comedy | Drama | Fantasy | Music

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The name Alexander de Large (Malcolm McDowell's character in A Clockwork Orange (1971)) can be seen on Mick's order book when he is working as a salesman. See more »

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The roof of the car is dented by Travis standing on it outside the Government Facility, yet when he returns it is in the process of being destroyed, yet the dent is gone. See more »

Quotes

Patricia: Daddy owns so much that he rarely misses anything.
Michael Arnold Travis: You're lucky. I've got to get there on my own.
Patricia: And where?
Michael Arnold Travis: Right to the top!
[pause. Then, pointing to a skycraper in the distance]
Michael Arnold Travis: How much a building like that is worth?
Patricia: The ground floor is £810,000 a year, it costed ten times that to build, and every three months its value increases by 20%.
Michael Arnold Travis: [Smiling patronizingly] How do you know?
Patricia: [With assurance] My father owns it.
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Music by Walter Warren
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O Lucky Me
13 March 2004 | by (Los Angeles, USA) – See all my reviews

To see this film again has been a monumental thrill. Lindsay Anderson, what an extraordinary director. IF. THIS SPORTING LIFE. BRITANNIA HOSPITAL. THE WHALES OF AUGUST. So very few films, but each one of them, a journey of discovery. Entertaining but angry and provoking. His repertory of actors, from Malcolm McDowell his star and, I imagine, his lover to Arthur Lowe. The Anderson-McDowell collaborations deserve an in depth study. Very rarely a director and actor can bring such glories from each other. De Niro and Scorsese. Von Stemberg and Dietrich. Kazan and Brando and very few others. The joys of Rachel Roberts, Ralph Richardson, Helen Mirren, Mona Washbourne and a cast of a thousand glorious British character actors. The film is so filled with surprises that you don't want ever to end.


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