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That Lucky Touch (1975)

PG | | Comedy | December 1975 (USA)
A European arms dealer (Sir Roger Moore) meets a liberated woman journalist (Susannah York), who is writing a story about the ridiculous things men do with the armaments during a N.A.T.O. ... See full summary »

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Christopher Miles

Writers:

Moss Hart (idea), John Briley (original screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Roger Moore ... Michael Scott
Susannah York ... Julia Richardson
Shelley Winters ... Diana Steedeman
Lee J. Cobb ... Lt. Gen. Henry Steedman
Jean-Pierre Cassel ... Leo
Raf Vallone ... Gen. Peruzzi
Sydne Rome ... Sophie
Donald Sinden ... British Gen. Armstrong
Michael Shannon ... Lt. Davis (as Michael J. Shannon)
Aubrey Woods Aubrey Woods ... Viscount L'Ardey
Alfred Hoffman Alfred Hoffman ... Berckman
Vincent Hall Vincent Hall ... David Richardson
Fabian Cevallos Fabian Cevallos ... Photographer
Timothy Carlton ... Tank commander
Takis Emmanuel ... Arab Sheik
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Storyline

A European arms dealer (Sir Roger Moore) meets a liberated woman journalist (Susannah York), who is writing a story about the ridiculous things men do with the armaments during a N.A.T.O. War Games meeting. The two meet and sparks fly, and a rather simple love story ensues. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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Guns, Girls and Governments... he plays with them all! See more »

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
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Country:

UK | West Germany

Language:

English

Release Date:

December 1975 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Bleib mir ja vom Leib See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Final theatrical movie produced by Dimitri De Grunwald. See more »

Quotes

[On the fallacy of NATO.]
Lieutenant General Henry Steedman: In NATO, you have to have unanimous approval from all the member nations. It's like getting a troop of horses to piss at the same time.
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Referenced in Roger Moore: My Word Is My Bond (2006) See more »

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That Lucky Touch
Written by Chris Arnold, David Martin and Geoff Morrow
Music by John Scott
Conducted by John Scott
Recorded by Motivation
Produced by Stephen James for DJM Records
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Outdated at best; unwatchable at worst
20 March 2005 | by sgw555See all my reviews

Perhaps when it came out, this movie could be watched as a light-hearted romantic comedy, but 30 years later, it's hard to buy a story about an international arms dealer selling automatic weapons to Saudis - and the 'spunky' feminist investigative reporter who loves to hate him - as a 'comedy', let alone a 'lighthearted' one.

The movie is marketed as an 'international adventure with Roger Moore', so you think you're getting a James Bond-type film with lots of action; instead, what you get is a slow-moving, heavy-footed piece of cheese - Swiss cheese, in fact, given the number of plot holes.

Moore plays arms dealer Scott, who finds himself living next door to an investigative journalist (played by Susanna York) in Brussels. He's in town to sell some hard-core weapons to the US military; she's in town to cover war games. I think he is supposed to be a charming-but-insincere international playboy, while she is supposed to be a highly principled feminist (!) just trying to get ahead in a man's world.

Unfortunately, the whole thing never really gets past the level of farce: it's just one stereotype after another. Her portrayal of 'feminism', for example, seems to consist entirely of shrieking about how terrible men are and storming off in a huff. And we never actually see her doing any 'reporting' at all, unless putting a piece of paper in a typewriter just before getting distracted by something (a phone call, a daydream) counts as 'reporting'.

Now this kind of stereotyped farce works fine when you've got lots of action, a fast-moving plot, evil villains, stylish art directing, great music, etc. But this movie hasn't got any of that. On top of which, the supporting actors don't seem to know whether they are in a comedy, a drama, or an action film.

Bottom line: Only for die-hard fans of Roger Moore or British films set in European countries during the 1965-75 period.


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