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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.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Mick Travis / Plantation Thief
... Sir James Burgess / Monty
... Gloria Rowe / Madame Paillard / Mrs. Richards
... Mr. Duff / Charlie Johnson / Dr. Munda
... Patricia Burgess / Casting Assistant
... Stewart / Prof. Millar / Meths Drinker
... Factory Chairman / Prison Governor
... Tea Lady / Neighbour
... Neighbour / Usher / Sister Hallett
... Jenkins / Interrogator / Salvation Army Major
Mary MacLeod ... Mary Ball / Salvationist / Vicar's Wife (as Mary Macleod)
Michael Bangerter ... William / Interrogator / Assistant / Released Prisoner
Wallas Eaton ... John Stone (Coffee Factory) / Col. Steiger / Prison Warder / Meths Drinker / Film Executive
... Master of Ceremonies (Nightspot) / Warner / Male Nurse
... Supt. Barlow / Insp. Carding
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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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Smile while you're makin' it. Laugh while you're takin' it. Even though you're fakin' it. Nobody's gonna know...

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Comedy | Drama | Fantasy | Music

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20 June 1973 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Un hombre de suerte  »

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Trivia

The line "A great philosopher once wrote" is sampled from this film in the song "Ebeneezer Goode" by The Shamen. 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

Sir James Burgess: [to secretary] Miss Hunter, two Valium and a barley wine for Professor Stewart.
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A real find!
15 July 2002 | by See all my reviews

It's always nice to find a worthy film after being a movie watcher for three decades. I remember when this movie was in the theaters. I was a teenager then and didn't go see it. I decided to watch the video and was immediately drawn into this surreal Bunuelish kind of British made movie. Malcolm McDowell is superb as the forever optimistic young coffee salesman. No matter what happens to him, he keeps his good attitude. Don't miss it! But, don't expect absolute narrative


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