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O Lucky Man!
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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 the adventures of a young coffee salesman in Europe. Many actors play multiple roles, giving the film a stagy tone. | Full synopsis »
Awards:
Nominated for Golden Globe. Another 3 wins & 1 nomination See more »
User Reviews:
Some films do not date See more (71 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

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's 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)

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:
1.85 : 1 See more »
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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:
One of Rachel Roberts' three appearances in the film - as a suicidal London housewife - was cut from American release prints. Ironically, Roberts was suicidal in real life and killed herself in 1980.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: Blood on Travis' face appears and disappears after the interrogation scene.See more »
Quotes:
Mr. Duff:Always remember gentlemen, that you are a failure in catering if you don't know what to do with your leftovers.See more »
Movie Connections:
Soundtrack:
Look over Your ShoulderSee more »

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24 out of 27 people found the following review useful.
Some films do not date, 24 September 2001
Author: John Redmond (max redmond) from Seoul South Korea

I have seen both versions (there was an edited version in the late seventees that did not include the rescue scene) of "O Lucky Man" several times. I first saw it in London in the mid seventees as I was very impressed by Lindsay Andersons earlier "If", not to mention a fine performance by Malcolm McDowell. The surreal quality of of Andersons allegorical perspective of life in England at the time was reflected in one of the films great lines, "Try not to die like a dog?" Having seen the film several times since (and turned some friends onto Lindsey Anderson), I was truly surprised at how this film has, not only, not dated, but actually has more relevance now than it did some 27 years ago. England, was about to undergo radical changes in both government and economy. The naivety of the care free sixties was well behind us. Major strikes were frequent. Punk was about to explode onto an exhausted music scene. And, soon there would be a new regime of economic rationalists running the country. The mood and pace of "O Lucky Man" seemed to reflect a sense of innocence lost. Troubled times ahead. A sense of fear and mistrust of the prosperity that is so often associated with capitalism and free enterprise. There are even blatant stabs at genetic engineering. But most of all the sense that England was no longer in control of it's own destiny. Through out this vision of uncertainty are some of last centuries finest comic performances. Most notably Aurthur Lowes' 'Dr. Munda' was, and still is, brilliant. WARNING!!! Even though this film does not follow the normal codes and conventions of narrative structure, my next comment is about a scene towards the end of the film. So, if you have not seen "O Lucky Man", but would like to, stop reading now. The best line of all that sums up the mood of this film is delivered by Mick Travis during the audition scene. After being slapped in the face by Lindsay Anderson when he was told to 'smile', he looks straight at the camera, sneers, and says, "What's there to smile about?". All these years later, still brilliant.

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