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Lucky Lady (1975)

A trio of rum-runners during prohibition in the 1930s engage in a menage-a-trois after business hours.

Director:

Stanley Donen
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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. See more awards »

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Cast

Credited cast:
Gene Hackman ... Kibby Womack
Liza Minnelli ... Claire
Burt Reynolds ... Walker Ellis
Geoffrey Lewis ... Capt. Mosely
John Hillerman ... McTeague
Robby Benson ... Billy
Michael Hordern ... Capt. Rockwell
Anthony Holland ... Mr. Tully
John McLiam ... Rass Huggins
Val Avery ... Dolph
Louis Guss Louis Guss ... Bernie
William Bassett ... Charley
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Doyle Baker Doyle Baker ... Gene
Janit Baldwin ... Girl in Car
Marjorie Battles Marjorie Battles ... Redhead
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Storyline

It's 1930. Claire, an American living in Tijuana, Mexico, has just buried her husband Harry, who owned a dive bar there. Walker Ellis, a loser with who she has long had a thing on the side, agrees to wrap up her affairs in Tijuana for her so that she can move stateside before they be together after an appropriate grieving period. Wrapping up those affairs includes smuggling one last truckload of illegal Mexican immigrants across the border. In that job not going quite according to plan, Walker is forced to go into business rum running across the border with Kibby Womack, one of those he was trying to smuggle across the border, Kibby an American in trouble with Uncle Sam. Instead of via overland, Walker has hired Billy Mason to captain the sailboat to transport the goods via water, Billy a young, quiet man unwise to the ways of the world, but wise when it comes to the sea. As Walker, Claire, Kibby and Billy navigate the waters on this venture, they will find two inherent risks. The ... Written by Huggo

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Genres:

Comedy | Crime | Drama

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish | French

Release Date:

25 December 1975 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Abenteurer auf der Lucky Lady See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$13,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$12,000,000
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Gruskoff/Venture Films See more »
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Sound Mix:

70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints)| Mono (35 mm prints)| Stereo (Dolby stereo)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Director Stanley Donen had such a hard time filming the boat sequences that he vowed to never work with boats again. See more »

Quotes

Claire: Gee, it's so quiet in here you could hear a fish fart.
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Alternate Versions

The UK DVD is cut by 11 secs to edit a cockfight scene. See more »


Soundtracks

Ain't Misbehavin'
Music by Fats Waller and Harry Brooks
Lyrics by Andy Razaf
Performed by Burt Reynolds
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An Excellent Film. Hackman Reynolds, Minnelli Are Great!
5 August 2011 | by greene515See all my reviews

Burt Reynolds, Gene Hackman and Liza Minnelli and Robby Benson are a motley crew who whilst on-board the boat of the title make a killing transporting booze through treacherous waters in 1930's prohibition. Hackman/Reynolds become engaged in a hilarious menage-a-trios with Minnelli who is excellent in her role as Claire who is queen of the rum-runners, the four have to keep one step ahead of the villainous mobster Teague 'John Hillerman' and also avoid Geoffrey Lewis who is a by the book Coast Guard who is out to thwart the lucrative enterprise. The film has lots of laughs and some cracking set pieces most notably the Sea battle climax which in these days of pathetic 'CGI' remains amazing. Directed by Stanley Donen (Charade) 'Lucky Lady' is nothing short of excellent. It's great to finally have it on DVD in 1:85:1 16:9 Widescreen. It's an excellent transfer which was photographed by Geoffrey Unsworth. why this film isn't better known i don't know why? but i liked it:)


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