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Lucky Bastard -- When his stodgy boyfriend leaves town, Rusty has a chance encounter with a handsome though seedy drifter, Denny.


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Rusty is a successful architect with the life of his dreams. However, when his boyfriend leaves town, Rusty meets a mysterious drifter names Denny who opens Rusty up to a strange new world. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Gripping film, well done, and enlightening See more (9 total) »


  (in credits order)

Patrick Tatten ... Rusty

Dale Dymkoski ... Denny

Timothy Ryan Cole ... Garret (as Timothy Cole)

Johnny Kostrey ... Daniel
Norma Louise ... Sandra
Nina Manni ... Patsy
Jane Fleiss ... Mrs. Howell

Ivar Brogger ... Mr. Howell

Nathan Sutton ... Roger - drug dealer

Lorin Doctor ... Waitress

Clint Keepin ... Convenience Store Clerk
Sarah Hamblin ... Bridesmaid
Jennifer Montgomery ... Bridesmaid - passed out

Directed by
Everett Lewis 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Everett Lewis  writer

Produced by
Scott Arundale .... producer
Charles Myers .... co-producer
Robert Shulevitz .... producer
Original Music by
William V. Malpede 
Cinematography by
Linda Brown 
Production Design by
Mimi Maxmen 
Costume Design by
Mimi Maxmen 
Music Department
Garret Scullin .... music supervisor


Additional Details

USA:90 min

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Much of the dialog is taken from real life conversations writer/director Everett Lewis had. Denny's monologue detailing how he became involved with drugs and sex work comes directly from a man Lewis met who was in Alcoholics Anonymous.See more »
Continuity: When Denny leads Rusty to the wine section, he puts an arm around Rusty's shoulder. After a cut his arm is down.See more »
Rusty:Come on. You don't see ME kissin' some other guy that I don't know.
Denny:Look, I might be yours, but you don't own me. You got that?
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6 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
Gripping film, well done, and enlightening, 22 August 2010
Author: Arthur vos Savant from Home, MO

My final take on the title is that a Lucky Bastard is one never to have met and become entangled with a crack addict. The manipulation of educated, successful Rusty, which comes by every single word out of Denny the drug addict's mouth, seems to be remembered verbatim. Rusty's susceptibility comes in part from his being a decent guy who does not expect others to lie. Al Green sang about a kind-hearted woman who revives a poor half-frozen snake. When the snake bites her in return, he brushes aside her betrayal by reminding her that she knew what he was when she warmed him to her bosom.

Life's too short to watch bad movies, and this is one I found myself compelled to watch completely. The actors are all capable and believable in the many layers they must weave. The production values won't make you cringe, and the script manages to show a lot in a brief time, without wasting any. The music is unusually good, which is why I'm on line to find out more about it (found it as Amazon mp3 downloads). You don't need to suspend disbelief to enjoy this film. Instead, let this film lead you out of whatever naiveté insists we'd never misstep in the path of an addicted conman without conscience. Here's where you can glimpse how fallible such a belief makes you.

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