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Director:
Writer:
David Sherwin (writer)
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Release Date:
20 June 1973 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Smile while you're makin' it. Laugh while you're takin' it. Even though you're fakin' it. Nobody's gonna know...
Plot:
This sprawling, surrealist musical serves as an allegory for the pitfalls of capitalism, as it follows... See more » | Full synopsis »
Awards:
Nominated for Golden Globe. Another 3 wins & 1 nomination See more »
User Reviews:
O lucky me, that I was able to see this film... See more (71 total) »

Cast

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Malcolm McDowell ... Michael Arnold Travis / Plantation thief

Ralph Richardson ... Sir James Burgess / Monty

Rachel Roberts ... Gloria Rowe / Madame Paillard / Mrs. Richards

Arthur Lowe ... Mr. Duff / Charlie Johnson / Dr. Munda

Helen Mirren ... Patricia

Graham Crowden ... 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

Warren Clarke ... Master of Ceremonies (Nightspot) / Warner / Male nurse
Bill Owen ... Supt. Barlow / Insp. Carding
Michael Medwin ... Army captain / Power station technician / Duke of Belminster
Vivian Pickles ... Good lady

Geoffrey Palmer ... Examination doctor / Basil Keyes
Geoffrey Chater ... Bishop / Vicar
Anthony Nicholls ... General / Judge
Brian Glover ... Plantation Foreman / Bassett (Power Station Guard)
Edward Judd ... Oswald
Pearl Nunez ... Mrs. Naidu
Jeremy Bulloch ... Young man
David Daker ... Policeman at accident / Man at stag party / Munda's manservant / Policeman at tenement
Edward Peel ... Policeman at accident / Power station guard / Policeman in court
Alan Price ... Himself
Colin Green ... Guitar
Clive Thacker ... Tolly (drums)
Dave Markee ... Bass guitarist
Ian Leake ... Streaky (roadie)
Bart Allison (as Bart Alison)
Ben Aris ... Mr. MacIntyre / Dr. Hyder / Flight Lt. Wallace
John Barrett ... Bill
Margot Bennett ... Coffee picker

James Bolam ... Attenborough / Examination doctor
Sue Bond
Constance Chapman ... Lady Burgess
Peter Childs
Frank Cousins
Brian Croucher
Allen Cullen
Paul Dawkins ... Plantation judge / Man at stag party / Meths drinker
Anna Dawson ... Becky

Michael Elphick
Eleanor Fazan
Paul Healey
Geoffrey Hinsliff (as Geoff Hinsliff)
Jo Jeggo
Patricia Lawrence ... Clinic receptionist / Miss Hunter
Stephanie Lawrence
Brian Lawson
Terence Maidment
Tuesday Miller
Christine Noonan ... Coffee trainee / Mavis (girl at stag party)
Ken Oxtoby
Stuart Perry
Brian Pettifer ... Laurence Biles
Bill Pilkington
Cyril Renison
Irene Richmond
Roy Scammell
Peter Schofield ... Tax inspector / Club waiter
Frank Singuineau
Patsy Smart

David Sterne
Adele Strong ... Elizabeth Valerie Stewart / Tenement neighbor
Hugh Thomas ... Coffee salesman / Pickpocket
Betty Turner
Glenn Williams ... Mr. Spalding / Doctor / Pickpocket / Meths Drinker
Catherine Willmer ... Dr. Houston
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Lindsay Anderson ... Film director (uncredited)
Patricia Healey ... Hotel receptionist (uncredited)
Rachelle Miller ... (uncredited)
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Directed by
Lindsay Anderson 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
David Sherwin  writer

Produced by
Lindsay Anderson .... producer
Basil Keys .... associate producer
Michael Medwin .... producer
Albert Finney .... producer (uncredited)
Malcolm McDowell .... producer (uncredited)
David Sherwin .... producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Alan Price 
 
Cinematography by
Miroslav Ondrícek 
 
Film Editing by
David Gladwell 
 
Casting by
Miriam Brickman 
 
Production Design by
Jocelyn Herbert 
 
Art Direction by
Alan Withy 
 
Set Decoration by
Harry Cordwell 
 
Makeup Department
Colin Jamison .... hair stylist
Basil Newall .... makeup artist
Paul Rabiger .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Donald Toms .... production manager (as Don Toms)
Zelda Barron .... production manager (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Derek Cracknell .... assistant director
Richard Jenkins .... second assistant director
 
Art Department
Jack Carter .... construction
John Lanzer .... buyer
Ted Marshall .... associate art director
Harry Newman .... property master
Yves Simard .... graphic artist
Richard Rambaut .... draughtsman (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Alan Bell .... sound editor
Doug E. Turner .... dubbing mixer (as Doug Turner)
Christian Wangler .... sound (as Chris Wangler)
 
Special Effects by
John Stears .... special effects
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Len Crowe .... gaffer
Herbert Smith .... camera operator
Dickie Lee .... key grip (uncredited)
Roy Rodhouse .... best boy (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Elsa Fennell .... wardrober
 
Editorial Department
Michael Ellis .... assistant editor
Tom Priestley .... supervising editor
Neil Thompson .... assistant editor
 
Music Department
Colin Green .... musician: guitar & banjo (uncredited)
John Lundsten .... music recordist (uncredited)
Dave Markee .... musician: bass guitar (uncredited)
Alan Price .... musician: keyboards, piano, & organ (uncredited)
Alan Price .... singer (uncredited)
Clive Thacker .... musican: drums & percussions (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Valerie Booth .... continuity
Malcolm McDowell .... original idea
Roger Williams .... assistant to director
Robin Demetriou .... cast and crew chef (uncredited)
Geoff Freeman .... unit publicist (uncredited)
Anthony Sloman .... insert director: "The Father Christmas" film (uncredited)
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Runtime:
178 min | Sweden:168 min
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Color:
Color (Eastmancolor)
Aspect Ratio:
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Certification:
Australia:M | Brazil:14 | Canada:18A | Canada:13+ (Quebec) | Finland:K-16 | Iceland:16 | Sweden:15 | UK:15 | UK:X (theatrical release) | USA:R

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Trivia:
There were approximately 30 takes of the scene when the director (played by Lindsay Anderson) slaps Malcolm McDowell across the face with a script.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: 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:
Michael Arnold Travis:Would you like some soup, sir?
Homeless person:No thanks, son. I don't take solids.
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Movie Connections:
Featured in Suck (2009)See more »
Soundtrack:
O Lucky Man!See more »

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31 out of 51 people found the following review useful.
O lucky me, that I was able to see this film..., 2 August 2003
Author: Eric-1226 from Seattle, Washington

Great movie, cutting edge yet soft and subtle, with none of the over-the-top excesses of modern-day "American Pie Me Myself and 007 Who Wants to be a Charlie's Angel" Hollywood. I guess that's what I like most about this film, is the awesome power of the movie which you discover is wrapped in nothing more than quiet, unassuming garb. Christ-like in its presentation.

Today's movies are all schlock and junk with wretchitudinal amounts of sex and violence and plastic surgery, back-flipped liked a trained aquarium dolphin across a polished screen just to keep you riveted to the screen and perhaps interspersed with the convenient lull to allow you to go buy that ten-dollar tub of popcorn – which ten dollars could probably feed a family in Kazakhstan (or wherever in the world they're hungry) for at least a day and a half.

But I digress. No, wait, I don't, that's just my whole point. The world is still primarily a hellish sh*t of a place and today's movies from Hollow-wood – great escapist fun though they may be – nevertheless leave you feeling that they offer no exposure to the real world, no chance to ponder, no effort at questioning the path. What is the path? I don't know, nor will this movie definitively answer that question for you, though it will pose the question, and take you on a sometimes brutal, sometimes hilarious thought-provoking journey in the process. You won't have the same experience watching, say "Gigli", now, will you?

Cinematography is remarkably fresh and current looking. I was amazed to see this film was dated thirty years ago, 1973. You won't believe it. Oh, and you do get to see some ample naked breasts here and there, and Malcolm McDowell actually SMILES a few times. And yes, he DOES have eyes like Steve McQueen. "Smile!" "Why? What's there to smile about???" Watch this movie and have a good time, have a good think. And remember, revolution is the opium of the intellectuals.

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