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(1975)

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Director Stanley Donen had such a hard time filming the boat sequences that he vowed to never work with boats again.
Gene Hackman replaced George Segal in the role of Kibby after a leg injury sidelined Segal.
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The scenes set in San Diego, California were actually filmed in Mexico City, Mexico.
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This picture is one of two movies released in 1975 starring Burt Reynolds that were set during the 1930s. The two films are At Long Last Love (1975) and Lucky Lady (1975).
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Co-scriptwriter of this picture Gloria Katz once said of the film's 1930s rum running subject: "We [Katz and co-screenwriter'Willard Huyck'] were fascinated. The folklore and mythology were as colorful as anything I'd ever encountered. Yet it had never been filmed."
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Reportedly, Gene Hackman's salary for this picture has been estimated at being between US $1.25 and US $1.50 million. According to Mark Litwak's 1986 book, 'Reel Power: The Struggle for Influence and Success in the New Hollywood', talent agent Sue Mengers said that "it was almost obscene for him not to do the film" with the amount of money he was being offered to do the picture.
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This movie was released in the same year as the similarly titled Funny Lady (1975). Lucky Lady (1975) was premiered in the USA on 25 December 1975 whilst Funny Lady (1975) came out there earlier, on 15 March 1975.
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Forty-three boats were used to create this movie's grand finale.
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This movie originally had a US $10 million dollar budget with a twelve week shooting schedule. This blew-out to a US $22 million dollar budget and a twenty week shooting schedule.
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Gene Hackman was cast only a week before principal photography started in Mexico.
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Before this movie, Liza Minnelli had been asking its director Stanley Donen for many years when they could do a picture together.
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The 'Lucky Lady' boat was a 63 foot racing cutter yacht requiring a crew of eight to sail it. The vessel was originally named 'Orient' and was built in Hong Kong in the mid 1930s, about forty years prior to this picture being made. Apparently, the 'Lucky Lady' was the "star" of a 97 ship rum running armada that operated between Mexico and California, USA.
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Burt Reynolds and Liza Minnelli star in this 1975 movie. In one of the four pictures that Reynolds made in 1975, Hustle (1975), he played a cop starring opposite Catherine Deneuve, who played a call-girl. About twelve years after this movie was made, Reynolds would play a cop and Minelli a call-girl, in Rent-a-Cop (1987).
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Liza Minnelli sings in this movie. The one song she sings, at the Aquarium Club speakeasy, is called "Get While the Gettin's Good". This song was written by Cabaret (1972) composers John Kander and Fred Ebb who also composed this picture's "Lucky Lady" theme.
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George Segal and Burt Reynolds would have worked together in this film had Segal not sustained a leg injury and have to pull-out of the project. Gene Hackman then replaced Segal. However, about a decade later, Segal and Reynolds eventually got to work together in a theatrical movie when they both appeared in the movie Stick (1985).
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This film was one of the four pictures that Burt Reynolds made in 1975.
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Kool cigarettes sponsored a contest in 1976 in which the 63-foot yacht "Lucky Lady" from the movie was the grand prize (or $100,000 cash). 10,000 2nd prize winners got 2 tickets to see the film.
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In his autobiography Burt Reynolds says that director Stanley Donen made a complete mess of this film during the editing process. He maintains that Liza Minnelli's work should have won her another Oscar, until it was all but ruined by Donen.
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Robby Benson had to wear a wig on this film because he had shaved his head for a previous film, Death Be Not Proud (1975) and his hair had not grown back yet.
Fresh from his success with Jaws (1975), Steven Spielberg was originally offered the chance to direct, but he declined.
Liza Minnelli admitted in an interview that this film went "nowhere".
The meaning and relevance of this movie's title Lucky Lady (1975) is that it is the name of the boat that the lead characters use for running rum during the prohibition era 1930s. It does not refer to Liza Minnelli's character, Claire.
The movie suffered a number problems with filming on water just as the movie Jaws (1975) did which was made around the same time.
Burt Reynolds once said of this movie: "In retrospect, it was a grueling film to make, one of the toughest . . . "
Gene Hackman once said of this movie: "In terms of physical pressures and mental strain, it was the hardest film I've ever had to do."
Liza Minnelli once said of this movie: "It took every ounce of craftsmanship you had ever learned, every bit of stamina, to do this picture."
This movie was germinated when co-screenwriter Gloria Katz saw an article on 1930s rum running in a magazine around the time the finished screenplay for American Graffiti (1973) was been assessed three years before this movie was made, in 1972.
This movie was playing theaters in the USA at the same time as another Burt Reynolds movie, Hustle (1975). Both pictures were launched stateside on Christmas Day 1975.

Cameo 

Paul Stader:  This movie's stunt coordinator as one of McTeague's henchmen.

Spoilers 

The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

The original ending had Kibby Womack and Walker Ellis gunned down by government agents with Claire watching, and was followed by scenes ten years later of Claire, now married to her wealthy but dull boyfriend and with a son, reminiscing about her romantic youth. Director Stanley Donen felt the finished film was too comedic in tone for such a downbeat ending so Donen, Hackman and Reynolds went to Rome where Minnelli was shooting A Matter of Time (1976) and filmed a new ending. The trio were shown with "old age" make-up still together in bed at age 70. This ending wasn't satisfactory to the actors involved, so footage shot earlier of the threesome young and happy was substituted instead. Some of the unused ending footage ended up on the syndicated Fox TV show That's Hollywood (1976).
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Re-shoots were required when American test audiences did not like the characters played by Burt Reynolds and Gene Hackman getting killed off in this movie's ending. A happy ending was then filmed requiring the two and Liza Minnelli to come back.
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