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The Lucky Ones (2008)

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The story revolves around three soldiers - Colee, TK and Cheever - who return from the war after suffering injuries and learn that life has moved on without them. They end up on an ... See full summary »




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Cast overview, first billed only:
Scott Cheaver
Howard Platt ...
Stan Tilson
Barbara Tilson
Peter Tilson
Bob's Wife
Leo Ford ...
Janet's Husband
Tom Klinger


The story revolves around three soldiers - Colee, TK and Cheever - who return from the war after suffering injuries and learn that life has moved on without them. They end up on an unexpected road trip across the U.S., with Colee on a mission to bring her boyfriend's guitar back to his family because he saved her life, TK seeking confidence to face his wife after a shrapnel injury that threatens his sexual function and middle-aged Cheever planning to hit the casinos in a desperate effort to pay for his son's college tuition. Written by anonymous

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Three strangers with nothing to lose. And everything to find. See more »


Comedy | Drama | War

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and some sexual content | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

26 September 2008 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Return  »

Filming Locations:


Box Office


$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$183,088 (USA) (26 September 2008)


$183,088 (USA) (26 September 2008)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The drinks that Cheaver's wife offers Colee and T.K. are Coca-Colas. See more »


[first lines]
T.K. Poole: [T.K. talks to his platoon while in Iraq] The key is listening to the signals and hearing what they're saying. If she touches you soft, that's how she wants to be touched. You do that until you can hear her get wet. You gotta know women. I'm serious. Last time I went home, my girl was so grateful, she went right outside and started to wash my car. Detailed it, everything, just to thank me. Nah, we gotta stop talking about pussy, 'cause if we're not careful, pussy's gonna get us ...
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Crazy Credits

Honey wagon driver - Gary Suckahosee See more »


References True Porn Fiction (2005) See more »


Ragged Wood
Written by Robin Pecknold
Performed by Fleet Foxes
Published by Foxes Fellowship (ASCAP)
Courtesy of Sub Pop Records
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Underrated gem
13 March 2009 | by (Ireland) – See all my reviews

I'd never heard of Neil Burger's "The Lucky Ones" until a friend recommended it to me after catching it on a flight to Australia. Released in theatres stateside last year, it was pulled after making a paltry $267,000 in its opening week. This is a hell of a shame as what we have here is the first great movie about the Iraq war. Three soldiers return to the states on leave and through circumstances end up on a road trip to Vegas. Michael Pena is a cocky Sargeant with a wound in his manhood, struggling to come to terms with how his Fiancé will react to his impotence. Tim Robbins is a veteran trying to find the money to send his kid to college and thus stop him enlisting. But the standout performance, and quite possibly the standout performance of the past year full stop, comes from Rachel McAdams as a naive private returning her dead boyfriends guitar to his family. Her turn here is far superior to anything Oscar nominated this year and probably the best from an American actress since Hilary Swank in Million Dollar Baby. The films strongest point is its lack of a "message". Pro war or Anti war, you'll find your own point of view here and Burger is subtle enough to allow you the privilege. I won't give it away but this has a great ambiguous seventies style ending, just the way I like 'em. It's always a good sign when a movie ends and you wish you could get to see more of the characters, and it's an all too rare occurrence in modern cinema. For this Burger and his cast should be applauded.

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