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Writer:
David Sherwin (writer)
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Release Date:
20 June 1973 (USA) See more »
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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 »
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Everyone is going through changes - No one knows what's going on. -And everybody changes places-But the world still carries on. (Alan Price) See more (70 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:
Director Cameo: [Lindsay Anderson]as himself, casting 'O Lucky Man' itself. He also appears in the opening and closing musical renditions of the title song, sitting in the recording studio, and embracing Malcolm McDowell in a scene at the end.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: Blood on Travis' face appears and disappears after the interrogation scene.See more »
Quotes:
Professor Millar:What do you think is the most successful animal that's ever lived on this earth?
Michael Arnold Travis:The ant?
Professor Millar:The dinosaur. Uh, do you realize that the dinosaurs dominated this globe for 140 million years before they became extinct? Modern Man has been on this planet for only a fraction of just over 40,000 years and yet already he faces extinction. In fact, the species will be lucky to survive beyond the year 2010...
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28 out of 32 people found the following review useful.
Everyone is going through changes - No one knows what's going on. -And everybody changes places-But the world still carries on. (Alan Price), 18 June 2004
Author: Galina from Virginia, USA

Lindsay Anderson + Malcolm McDowell + Alan Price = O, Lucky Me!

What films do we include in our top lists? The ones that affected us in some very personal way or changed something – not, maybe our lives but the way we watch movies.

"O Lucky Man!" (1973), directed by Lindsay Anderson (with Ralph Richardson, Malcolm McDowell and Helen Mirren) is a constant source of joy when I watch it again and again. Off I go with Mick Travis (McDowell) in his crazy surreal journey up and down, back and forth, "around the world in circles" along with the Alan Price's band that provide the music commentaries in the traditions of a Greek Chorus or Brecht's Theater (whichever you prefer). And in the end we find themselves in…. Well, can't tell you. You have to find out for yourself.

I saw it again yesterday, and it still stands as one of my favorite films. This time, though, I noticed that it was much darker than I remember. The good things and the bad things happen to our hero, Mick Travis, and I think that he really changed - he started to think more and smile less. The look on his face in the end of the move after asked to smile was not that charming, winning smile that he had in the beginning. It was pain, confusion, and anger.

Wonderful film - I am never tired of it. Even though, I know all the turns on the Mick's way to the top and back, it is still so interesting to watch him. I believe it was best McDowell's performance. I know that his most famous one was in Kubrick's Clockwork Orange but my favorite is the everyman Mick Travis who just wanted to succeed.

Young Helen Mirren was lovely as Patricia who traveled in her own crazy circles; the rest of the cast did great job, each of them playing more than one character.

Alan Price - I love his songs to the film very much. Possibly the best use of a rock soundtrack in a film. I am a proud CD owner and I listen to it constantly in my car. It is short, unfortunately.(sigh)

"O Lucky Man!" is one of the best unfairly forgotten films ever.

I remember when I saw it for the first time in the theater, I did not know anything about it – I just liked the title. The girl who was next in line to the box office said to me, "You will like it – it is a very cool movie, I saw it already." Where ever she is today – I want to thank her.

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