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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:
Classic cinema that makes you stop, listen and learn. See more (78 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 / Sportscar Driver / Sandwichboard 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
Alan Cullen (as 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
Edward Marshall .... associate art director (as Ted Marshall)
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:
Argentina:13 (re-rating) (2000) | Argentina:X (re-rating) (1976) | Argentina:16 (original rating) (1973) | Australia:M | Brazil:14 | Canada:18A | Canada:13+ (Quebec) | Finland:K-16 | Iceland:16 | Italy:VM18 (original rating) | Italy:VM14 (re-rating) (1995) | Netherlands:18 (original rating) | Sweden:15 | UK:15 | UK:X (theatrical release) | USA:R | West Germany:16 (cut)

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Trivia:
Lindsay Anderson had previously attempted to make a documentary about musician Alan Price and his band touring around England. However, the project had had to be abandoned due to the prohibitive cost of licensing the cover songs that the band performed. So, when Anderson and writer David Sherwin were developing the screenplay to "O Lucky Man", they decided that Price should write the score. They sent him the script, indicating where all the songs should appear. Consequently, nearly all the songs had already been written in advance of filming.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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46 out of 55 people found the following review useful.
Classic cinema that makes you stop, listen and learn., 9 May 2005
Author: Peter Hayes from United Kingdom

A coffee salesman takes a rambling tour of 1970's Britain.

There comes a time when you think you know something about movies: What is good, what is bad, how things should go, how things should work, etc., etc. Thank goodness a movie comes along now and again that says "no you don't - you know nothing!" Oh Lucky Man! is like Pulp Fiction and High Hopes - it is a smarter film than you are a film watcher.

After a build up like that you might expect for me to say that this is a perfect film or that everything works. But it doesn't. The story rambles and pauses, moves left and right and tries to keep the audience on its toes. The humour is mostly black, but very true to life. People are often selfish and acting for themselves - while Travis (our hero - if we can call him that) is quite kind and thoughtful. Like an Adam that has been put in to the modern world rather than the garden of Eden.

I have seen this film twice. Like many films, once when I was too young to understand it. It is quite sexual graphic at times and that stuck in my memory for a long time. In one scene a black man plays out a scene at a sex club - and to this day I am puzzled as to what this represents. That the entirely white audience see the black as an entertainer to laughed at or cheered. That this is his only place?

Most anything-goes films are comedies, and while this has plenty of black comedy, I see it as social comment. Life has moved on from the 1970's, people have escaped their own class more, women have more of a role to play, people get away with things less. But no one can say - even viewing today - that it doesn't tell plenty of home truths about the UK.

(People that live outside the UK and never visit must be puzzled by what goes on here. I bet you would have to answer hundreds of questions if you watched it beside, say, an American.)

Lindsey Anderson sees all authority as being violent, ugly and corrupt. This is the kick in the balls society that existed before CCTV in police stations and human rights acts. Where people were fitted up for crimes that the police knew they couldn't have committed. I never wanted to walk down a time tunnel to 1970's Britain and this film is probably the last tie I have to that ugly and desperate decade.

Oh Lucky Man! is one of the best films ever made. It has something that few films ever have - instant cult appeal. You could watch this over and over again and not get bored with it, see something different and learn something new. They should bring it back as a musical or a stage play. While not every scene works and not every tune pleases, it is cinema from another world that we never quite had - but might have had if only the money men of Hollywood hadn't made their ugly mark on the world.

If you think film is about anything more than simple entertainment Oh Lucky Man! is a must-see...

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