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O Lucky Man! -- A savagely funny story about the rise and fall - and rise again - of a young coffee salesman in this wondrous mixture of wickedness, energy, humor and folly.

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Director:
Writers:
David Sherwin (screenplay)
Malcolm McDowell (based on an original idea by)
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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 the adventures of a young coffee salesman in Europe. Many actors play multiple roles, giving the film a stagy tone. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
Awards:
Nominated for Golden Globe. Another 3 wins & 1 nomination See more »
User Reviews:
An overlooked, strangely upbeat satirical masterpiece. See more (73 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Malcolm McDowell ... Mick 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 Burgess / Casting Assistant

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 ... 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

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 ... Alan Price
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 (as David Stern)
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)

Directed by
Lindsay Anderson 
 
Writing credits
David Sherwin (screenplay)

Malcolm McDowell (based on an original idea by)

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
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:
Black and White (opening sequence) | Color (Eastmancolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Australia:M | Brazil:14 | Canada:18A | Canada:13+ (Quebec) | Finland:K-16 | Iceland:16 | Netherlands:18 (original rating) | Sweden:15 | UK:15 | UK:X (theatrical release) | USA:R | West Germany:16

Did You Know?

Trivia:
Lindsay Anderson conceived the role of Alan Price's music as some kind of Greek Chorus, commenting on the action and also an integral part of it.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:What is it?
Patricia:Om. It means infinity or godhead.
Michael Arnold Travis:Are you a buddhist?
Patricia:All religion's are equally true.
[Kiss]
Patricia:Breakfast!
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Soundtrack:
Poor PeopleSee more »

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46 out of 53 people found the following review useful.
An overlooked, strangely upbeat satirical masterpiece., 4 March 2002
Author: miloc from Bronx, New York

This remarkable, often overlooked film deserves a higher critical reputation than it has largely received. It represents a blossoming of the themes introduced in "if..." (the previous film in Anderson's trilogy) and a playful, even strangely upbeat reworking of those ideas.

"if..." was an explosion of the subconscious, repression fermenting into fantasized revolution; in "O Lucky Man!" the repression has matured into deep, abiding social, political, and economic corruption-- but the fantasies have matured as well. Mick Travis's journey through early '70s England features calamity after calamity, atrocity piled onto atrocity, but it feels lighter than air. It rises like a joke-filled balloon. That vantage point gives the viewer the two advantages unavailable to Travis: wisdom and perspective, and the film's humor comes from the distance between us and the characters scurrying below. (But the film is not, I think, cynical; the road to enlightenment may be hard one but the film makes it clear that it's not unreachable.)

Surrounding Malcolm McDowell's indefatigable Candide of a hero, the supporting cast flows in and out of their multiple roles like a comic repertory company, in which the same actors show up in scene after scene shuffled into a new assortment of scoundrels, con-artists, victims and sages, climaxing (don't worry, I'm not going to spoil it) in a beautiful, subtle joke which has to be seen to be understood.

From the silent-movie pastiches through Price's terrific songs (the music is used admirably) through wild, spontaneous moments of parody, uninhibited symbolic flourishes, and a few small scenes of genuine poignancy, "O Lucky Man!" deserves to be recognized as one of the great films of the 1970s, and perhaps of all time. It's certainly one of my personal favorites. Movies, I think, though bigger than ever, have become smaller and smaller at heart; more films should have the ambitions this film does and deliver on so many of them.

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