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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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Michael Arnold 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
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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's 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.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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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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Helen Mirren was an 11th hour casting. Fiona Lewis started filming but was fired so Mirren was cast as Patricia instead. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Alan Price: Come on, Streaky, aggravate the gravel!
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Look over Your Shoulder
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A classic - often overlooked
11 October 2003 | by (Sydney, Australia) – See all my reviews

There is something intriguing about this film. It won't suit everybody, but if you are in a reflective mood you'll find yourself drawn into the story and becoming fascinated by it.

It is a journey through life and its experiences directed with a deftness and real respect for the material. The points are all made with a lightness which somehow makes them all the more effective. You watch the story unfold and are reminded of your own life's progression.

Malcolm McDowell contributed to the script and is just superb in the lead role. He uses exactly the right touch in a perfectly judged performance - it is difficult to imagine anybody else in this part.

A classic often overlooked by mainstream film critics.


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