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Everett Lewis (writer)
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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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  (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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12 out of 19 people found the following review useful.
Grossly underrated, 11 April 2010
Author: JMC4711

Viewers and critics have a hate-on for this film that baffles me. "Lucky Bastard" is a solid, well-told story about a man who, professionally and personally, is simply stuck. Given the opportunity to escape the pressures to move forward to which his business partner and his boyfriend each subject him, Rusty leaps at it when it appears in the form of Denny, a deeply damaged hustler and meth addict. The appeal of trying to fix Denny parallels Rusty's enjoyment of restoring old houses, Denny's emotional damage being comparable to the damage that perfectionist Rusty deals with in his work.

The principal actors handle the material well, although Timothy Cole as Rusty's business partner is the weakest member of the cast. The film is far more introspective than writer/director Everett Lewis's previous work. Lewis drew upon his own experience being in a relationship with a meth addict and much of the dialog, notably Denny's monologue on how he became involved with drugs and sex work, came from life. The result is a film that feels intimate and real. My one complaint is that it feels like there is a scene missing between Denny's final angry outburst and Rusty's sending him packing. Rusty's emotional transition feels abrupt and unmotivated. That one flaw should not dissuade anyone from seeing the film.

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