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)
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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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Early in the movie, during the flashback about Lucy's life before Desi, in stock footage (probably colorized to match the film) of Manhattan traffic, the title on the screen says "New York City 1931" but the taxicabs and other vehicles shown have full steel hardtops and are from later in the decade. See more »


Desi Arnaz: I work hard, I play hard, I drink hard and I love hard.
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References Make Room for Daddy (1953) See more »

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Playing fast and loose with history
6 May 2003 | by (California) – See all my reviews

"Lucy" the movie, failed to live up to the promise of it's commercials, which featured recreated scenes from the famous "I Love Lucy" series.

The over long film juggled facts and dates to the point that any real Lucy fan watching couldn't help but spend the entire 3 hours raging about all that they got wrong or changed.

So Buster Keaton readied the couple for their vaudeville act? Funny, Desi's friend Pepito the clown has always been credited in every biography of the couple I've ever read. They've got Lucy as a blonde years after she went red - where was the movie "Too many Girls" for which MGM imported Desi from NY, and during the making of which the couple began dating?

Yeah, I'm nit-picking, but the film was so filled with little blunders like that! The kind of things that drive any hard core Lucy fan crazy!

I could've over looked much of this had the producers provided me with a more believable Lucy - but Miss York frankly did not cut it. Lucy was as famous for her beauty as for her talent, and Miss York is simply not even in her league.

With a running time of 3 hours, they had time to get it right - that they chose not to do so amazes me! All in all, a really tedious waste of viewing time. If you love Lucy - Avoid it!

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