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O Lucky Man! (1973)

This sprawling, surrealist musical serves as an allegory for the pitfalls of capitalism, as it follows the adventures of a young coffee salesman in Europe. Many actors play multiple roles, giving the film a stagy tone.

Director:

Lindsay Anderson

Writers:

David Sherwin (screenplay), Malcolm McDowell (based on an original idea by)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Malcolm McDowell ... Mick Travis / Plantation Thief
Ralph Richardson ... Sir James Burgess / Monty
Rachel Roberts ... Gloria Rowe / Madame Paillard / Mrs. Richards
Arthur Lowe ... Mr. Duff / Charlie Johnson / Dr. Munda
Helen Mirren ... Patricia Burgess / Casting Assistant
Graham Crowden ... Stewart / Prof. Millar / Meths Drinker
Peter Jeffrey ... Factory Chairman / Prison Governor
Dandy Nichols ... Tea Lady / Neighbour
Mona Washbourne ... Neighbour / Usher / Sister Hallett
Philip Stone ... Jenkins / Interrogator / Salvation Army Major
Mary MacLeod Mary MacLeod ... Mary Ball / Salvationist / Vicar's Wife (as Mary Macleod)
Michael Bangerter Michael Bangerter ... William / Interrogator / Assistant / Released Prisoner
Wallas Eaton Wallas Eaton ... John Stone (Coffee Factory) / Col. Steiger / Prison Warder / Meths Drinker / Film Executive
Warren Clarke ... Master of Ceremonies (Nightspot) / Warner / Male Nurse
Bill Owen ... Supt. Barlow / Insp. Carding
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Storyline

Follows the literal and associated life journey of middle class Brit, Mick Travis, representing the "everyman", as he tries to make his mark in his so far young life. He is able to make great strides in his traditional view of success by being what those in authority want him to be. As such, he achieves in a few weeks what it usually take years for others, namely having his own sales territory - the northeast and ultimately Scotland - for Imperial Coffee. He is also able to garner a plethora of fringe benefits from this job, including women throwing themselves at his feet. But he will ultimately face a struggle in class and authority warfare, which culminates with his encounter with the Burgess family - wealthy Industrialist Sir James Burgess and his daughter Patricia, who Mick wants to marry - the former who is contemplating investing in the shady dealings in Zingara. Mick will also find that the class struggle not only applies in his case in an upward direction, but also in a ... Written by Huggo

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Taglines:

Smile while you're makin' it. Laugh while you're takin' it. Even though you're fakin' it. Nobody's gonna know...

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Fantasy | Music

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 June 1973 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Un hombre de suerte See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Memorial Enterprises,Sam See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Black and White (opening sequence)| Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Initially Lindsay Anderson was opposed to the idea of blacking up one of his actors, Arthur Lowe, but he was eventually persuaded otherwise. See more »

Goofs

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Quotes

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The Test Of Time
26 August 2005 | by ccrivelli2005See all my reviews

It became my favorite film the day I saw it for the first time, 22 years ago! It still is. I saw it again on video a week ago and here it is, traveling through my brain as a familiar song with constant new messages. Malcolm McDowell and Lindsay Anderson had blown us away with "If..." a couple of years before. But if "If..." was the courting, marriage and honeymoon of two great artists, "O Lucky Man" is a confirmation of a great love story. I know there are a few other members of this menage, David Sherwin for instance or the amazing group of superb British character actors from Mona Washbourne to Helen Mirren but the incomparable presence of McDowell inhabiting Anderson's universe makes this "O Lucky Man" one of the happiest movie adventures of my movie going life. As you may have noticed, I haven't told you anything about the film, I just wanted to share my thoughts hoping to wet your appetite. If you haven't seen it, don't miss it.


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