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The Lucky Ones (2008)

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Three different soldiers - a woman and two men - return from the war and facing the peaceful life's problems of each other.

Director:

Neil Burger

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Rachel McAdams ... Colee
Tim Robbins ... Cheaver
Michael Peña ... TK
Molly Hagan ... Pat Cheaver
Mark L. Young ... Scott Cheaver
Howard Platt ... Stan Tilson
Arden Myrin ... Barbara Tilson
Coburn Goss ... Peter Tilson
John Heard ... Bob
Jennifer Joan Taylor ... Bob's Wife
Katherine LaNasa ... Janet
Leo Ford Leo Ford ... Janet's Husband
Susan Yeagley ... Kendra
Emily Swallow ... Brandi
John Diehl ... Tom Klinger
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Storyline

The story revolves around three soldiers - Colee, TK and Cheever - who return from the war after suffering injuries and learn that life has moved on without them. They end up on an unexpected road trip across the U.S., with Colee on a mission to bring her boyfriend's guitar back to his family because he saved her life, TK seeking confidence to face his wife after a shrapnel injury that threatens his sexual function and middle-aged Cheever planning to hit the casinos in a desperate effort to pay for his son's college tuition. Written by anonymous

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Taglines:

Sometimes losing your way home means finding yourself See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | War

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and some sexual content | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 September 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Return See more »

Filming Locations:

Alsip, Illinois, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$183,088, 28 September 2008, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$183,088, 28 September 2008
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Sound Mix:

Dolby | DTS

Color:

Color

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Local actor and retired Paralegal was a background actor at the airport. His name is Michael Sargent. Well known on-air personality on numerous radio stations and a International Roller Hockey League play-by-play analyst. See more »

Goofs

When TK is at the airport bar in Las Vegas the bartender refills his old fashioned glass with a (generous) shot of tequila. She fills the glass almost halfway full. He takes a slug from the glass and puts it down but in the next shot it's more than half full. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
T.K. Poole: [T.K. talks to his platoon while in Iraq] The key is listening to the signals and hearing what they're saying. If she touches you soft, that's how she wants to be touched. You do that until you can hear her get wet. You gotta know women. I'm serious. Last time I went home, my girl was so grateful, she went right outside and started to wash my car. Detailed it, everything, just to thank me. Nah, we gotta stop talking about pussy, 'cause if we're not careful, pussy's gonna get us ...
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Honey wagon driver - Gary Suckahosee See more »

Connections

References Brooklyn Rules (2007) See more »

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Done Deal
Written by Stephen Lang, Jamie Dunlap, Scott Nickoley
Performed by Francis Benitez
Published by Red Engine Music (ASCAP) / Revision West (BMI)
Courtesy of MasterSource Music Catalog, Inc.
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Underrated gem
13 March 2009 | by moviewaffleSee all my reviews

I'd never heard of Neil Burger's "The Lucky Ones" until a friend recommended it to me after catching it on a flight to Australia. Released in theatres stateside last year, it was pulled after making a paltry $267,000 in its opening week. This is a hell of a shame as what we have here is the first great movie about the Iraq war. Three soldiers return to the states on leave and through circumstances end up on a road trip to Vegas. Michael Pena is a cocky Sargeant with a wound in his manhood, struggling to come to terms with how his Fiancé will react to his impotence. Tim Robbins is a veteran trying to find the money to send his kid to college and thus stop him enlisting. But the standout performance, and quite possibly the standout performance of the past year full stop, comes from Rachel McAdams as a naive private returning her dead boyfriends guitar to his family. Her turn here is far superior to anything Oscar nominated this year and probably the best from an American actress since Hilary Swank in Million Dollar Baby. The films strongest point is its lack of a "message". Pro war or Anti war, you'll find your own point of view here and Burger is subtle enough to allow you the privilege. I won't give it away but this has a great ambiguous seventies style ending, just the way I like 'em. It's always a good sign when a movie ends and you wish you could get to see more of the characters, and it's an all too rare occurrence in modern cinema. For this Burger and his cast should be applauded.


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