MOW about the life of Lucille Ball, focusing on the loving yet tumultuous relationship with Desi Arnaz.





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Cast overview, first billed only:
Merv Smith ...
Russell Newman ...
Christopher Brougham ...
Adult Freddy (as Chris Brougham)
Ray Woolf ...
Ed Sedgwick
Peter Mochrie ...
Don Sharpe
Bob Carroll Jr. (as Andrew Mitchell)
Lauchlin MacDonald ...
Jess Oppenheimer (as Lachlan Macdonald)
Theresa Healey ...
Madelyn Pugh


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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4 May 2003 (USA)  »

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Numerous quotes belonging to various "I Love Lucy" characters are out of place. See more »


[on Desi's infidelity]
Lucy: That's your excuse? Because your daddy did it long ago on some Spic island?
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References Make Room for Daddy (1953) See more »

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While Not Excellent, It was Pretty Good.
6 July 2003 | by (Houlton, Maine) – See all my reviews

I have read more negative reviews than positive reviews about this movie, and I want to say I agree with parts of all the reviews I've read. It was a typical television bio-pic, but the fact that it was about the lives of Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz made it interesting. It does do a good job showing us the love and drama that took place in the private lives of Lucy and Desi, which is mainly what the whole movie is about. It also shows us how Lucy delt with her personal struggles along with her career. Although it does cover most of the basic facts, I don't know how much of it is fictitious. Nevertheless, fans of Lucy will enjoy seeing the life of America's Sweetheart played out on the screen.

I want to comment on Rachel York's potrayal of Lucille Ball. Although she is not exactly a mirror image of Lucille Ball, I think she did a fine job playing her. I wasn't really watching the movie to see how much the actors looked like the people they were playing, although a ball-park resemblance does make it easier to watch. And Rachel York DID bear a slight resemblance to her, what with her red hair and costumes. She did okay recreating the "I Love Lucy" scenes, especially the grape-stomping scene. I also thought it was neat how the writers showed Lucille Ball rehearsing some of the scenes, such as the Chocolate Factory and Vitametavegamin parts. York especially did good as Lucy during the rehearsals , because it showed her starting out unsure of what to do, and slowly progressing to how she acted during the shooting.

Danny Pino was okay as Desi Arnaz. Although he didn't really look much like Arnaz, he did do a more-than-decent job recreating Desi's accent. The first time we hear him speak, he is off-camera, so we do not see him. He sounds so much like Desi Arnaz during that part, that it is very hard to imagine that Desi himself did not speak the line.

The rest of the characters were cast pretty good, too, with the exception of William Frawley and Vivian Vance. Rebecca Hobbs was completely wrong for the role of Vivian. She didn't look like her, she didn't sound like her, and certainly didn't act like her. Luckily , Vivian is not featured much in the movie. Russell Newman was okay as Bill Frawley. We never did get to see him act as Fred Mertz, but he did sort-of sound like him.

All in all, it is an rather enjoyable movie, that would have been even more enjoyable if Vivian Vance and William Frawley had been cast better.

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