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O Lucky Man! (1973)

R  |   |  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, giving the film a stagy tone.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Mick Travis / Plantation Thief
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Sir James Burgess / Monty
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Gloria Rowe / Madame Paillard / Mrs. Richards
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Mr. Duff / Charlie Johnson / Dr. Munda
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Patricia Burgess / Casting Assistant
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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 ...
Mary Ball / Salvationist / Vicar's Wife (as Mary Macleod)
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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Follows the literal and associated life journey of middle class Brit, Mick Travis, representing the "everyman", as he tries to make his mark in his so far young life. He is able to make great strides in his traditional view of success by being what those in authority want him to be. As such, he achieves in a few weeks what it usually take years for others, namely having his own sales territory - the northeast and ultimately Scotland - for Imperial Coffee. He is also able to garner a plethora of fringe benefits from this job, including women throwing themselves at his feet. But he will ultimately face a struggle in class and authority warfare, which culminates with his encounter with the Burgess family - wealthy Industrialist Sir James Burgess and his daughter Patricia, who Mick wants to marry - the former who is contemplating investing in the shady dealings in Zingara. Mick will also find that the class struggle not only applies in his case in an upward direction, but also in a ... Written by Huggo

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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 working title for the initial screenplay that Malcolm McDowell and David Storey wrote was "The Coffee Man", a title they both hated. See more »

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When the crowd at the "orgy" starts calling for "Chocolate Sandwich" Travis' cigarette suddenly appears in his mouth, where it wasn't an instant before. See more »

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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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