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Lucy (2003)

TV Movie  |   |  Biography, Comedy, Drama  |  4 May 2003 (USA)
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MOW about the life of Lucille Ball, focusing on the loving yet tumultuous relationship with Desi Arnaz.

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After her parents are financially ruined in a lawsuit over a shooting accident, Lucille 'Lucy' Ball pursues her dream of fame as actress. She succeeds in comical parts, often the girl who gets the cake in her face. Then she meets and soon marries the love of her life, Desiderio 'Desi' . Ricky, Latin band leader and aristocratic son of an exiled Cuban mayor. Desi proves a business genius, who gets a revolutionary method adopted to gain production control of the sitcom "I Love Lucy", a format devised for him and Lucy to star in. Despite offspring, their family life soon gets into stormy waters, mainly due to his infidelity, gambling and temper. Written by KGF Vissers

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When the comedy stopped...real life began.


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Goofs

In the final episode of "The Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour", they show Ed Sedgwick and Red Skelton in the audience but without Buster Keaton as he sat with them during the first episode filming. They seem to imply that Buster Keaton is dead, but when in reality Ed Sedgwick died in 1953 when the final episode was taped in 1957. Buster Keaton died in 1966, and was younger than Ed Sedgwick. Ed is portrayed as being younger than Buster Keaton. See more »

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Desi Arnaz: I work hard, I play hard, I drink hard and I love hard.
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References Roman Scandals (1933) See more »

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Entertaining
25 May 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I've read a lot of negative reviews of this film and I can only say that yes, there are some errors in the chronology and anachronisms regarding the cars used. If you can get beyond all that, the film will entertain you. The acting and the portrayals are quite good of Lucy and Desi, and acceptable for Viv and Bill Frawley. There are some not-bad impersonations of some legends like Eddie Cantor and young Bette Davis. A standout is the young woman portraying Carole Lombard, and the 20s period stuff looks good. I wish they would have gone more into Desi's background as his early life was filled with at least as much drama as Lucy's. The woman who plays DeDe Ball really looks exactly like the real thing. The re-creations of Lucy's best routines are pretty good. It must be hard to near-impossible to try an imitate a comic genius credibly, but Rachel York does a very good job. I've read nearly everything ever written about Lucy and Desi, and while this film is not perfect, it is generally pretty accurate.


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