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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 and actresses play multiple roles, giving the movie 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 downward ... Written by Huggo

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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:

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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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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

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

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The script was written over a period of three years. See more »

Goofs

A sign says 200 miles to London where Travis is picked up. He has reached there by walking for a while from the military establishment where the explosion took place. The distance even from London to the border of Scotland is 398 Miles. See more »

Quotes

Alan Price: [talking about game of chess] If you don't take that castle soon, the National Trust will!
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Alternate Versions

The original US release was cut by twenty or more minutes, the entire sequence involving the suicidal woman, roughly from Mick's release from prison until he meets the charity tea-wagon lady was omitted. (This included one of Alan Price's songs) See more »

Connections

Referenced in Milano: il clan dei Calabresi (1974) See more »

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Poor People
Written by Alan Price
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O lucky me, that I was able to see this film...
2 August 2003 | by Eric-1226See all my reviews

Great movie, cutting edge yet soft and subtle, with none of the over-the-top excesses of modern-day "American Pie Me Myself and 007 Who Wants to be a Charlie's Angel" Hollywood. I guess that's what I like most about this film, is the awesome power of the movie which you discover is wrapped in nothing more than quiet, unassuming garb. Christ-like in its presentation.

Today's movies are all schlock and junk with wretchitudinal amounts of sex and violence and plastic surgery, back-flipped liked a trained aquarium dolphin across a polished screen just to keep you riveted to the screen and perhaps interspersed with the convenient lull to allow you to go buy that ten-dollar tub of popcorn – which ten dollars could probably feed a family in Kazakhstan (or wherever in the world they're hungry) for at least a day and a half.

But I digress. No, wait, I don't, that's just my whole point. The world is still primarily a hellish sh*t of a place and today's movies from Hollow-wood – great escapist fun though they may be – nevertheless leave you feeling that they offer no exposure to the real world, no chance to ponder, no effort at questioning the path. What is the path? I don't know, nor will this movie definitively answer that question for you, though it will pose the question, and take you on a sometimes brutal, sometimes hilarious thought-provoking journey in the process. You won't have the same experience watching, say "Gigli", now, will you?

Cinematography is remarkably fresh and current looking. I was amazed to see this film was dated thirty years ago, 1973. You won't believe it. Oh, and you do get to see some ample naked breasts here and there, and Malcolm McDowell actually SMILES a few times. And yes, he DOES have eyes like Steve McQueen. "Smile!" "Why? What's there to smile about???" Watch this movie and have a good time, have a good think. And remember, revolution is the opium of the intellectuals.


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