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Lucky Lady


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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful
"Lucky Lady" FINALLY on DVD! Nov. 16 2010
By Carlton - Published on Amazon.com
1975's "Lucky Lady," starring a winning trio of Liza Minnelli, Gene Hackman and Burt Reynolds has never been on video, a real mystery to many movie fans considering this was 20th Century Fox's BIG Christmas release from that year. Long maligned as an outright dud, this film has actually much to recommend it. I think it may actually come off better today. What threw off a lot of people upon its initial release was its (for its time) jarring mix of low comedy, music, raunch, and downright brutal violence. Hey, it's a picture about RUM RUNNERS, people!

All three stars have great individual and ensemble moments, and there are many laughs to be had here. "Lucky Lady" is a lavish picture; you can see where the money went.

Reynolds in particulr never got his due here. This is a gem of a comedic performance. Hackman delivers the goods. Minnelli has a terrific musical number in the first few minutes, a Kander and Ebb song called "Get While the Gettin' Is Good," which ranks right up there with any of those artists' better-known songs.

Although considered a misfire, "Lady" actually was not a box-office flop, although it didn't set the world on fire. It played for quite a few months after its release and was a durable surprise down South (where I'm from), where it was re-released twice (albeit with different ad campaigns, the new ones pushing the action elements of the movie).

If you are a fan of Liza Minnelli, pick up this one up absolutely. It's a performance that divided the critics (although she was nominated for a Golden Globe), but I think her blonde-bombshell act works beautifully.

Now on to Paramount for Liza's 3 unreleased pictures there: "Sterile Cuckoo," "Tell Me That You Love Me Junie Moon," and a personal favorite, her last big lead in a feature, "Stepping Out" (from 1991)! Hello, Paramount!
17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
Let's break out a jug of gin....the LUCKY LADY is HERE! Dec 7 2010
By Rodney Luck - Published on Amazon.com
I never thought I would see the day that LUCKY LADY would finally be released on DVD! Dreams do come true!
I remember seeing LUCKY LADY on Christmas day 1975 with a packed house. The audience roared with laughter and loved it. It had humor, action, great performances and was just a lot of fun to sit and watch. It was a period piece with a bite. A bit naughty in places, but all in good fun. It really transported you to the period with it's sets, costumes and music. Liza, Burt and Gene seemed to be having so much fun while making the picture even though I had read it was a very difficult shoot on location. Early on I read that George Segal who was originally playing the Gene Hackman part dropped out because he was not pleased with the conditions they were working under. But I am glad they all hung in there and made what I think is a very entertaining, frothy, silly, exciting, slapstick hommage to screwball comedies of the 30's. Here's one LUCKY LADY fan who's thrilled. Pre-order my copy now!
19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
DOES IT CONTAIN ITS' ORIGINAL ENDING? Dec 14 2010
By Trapp Rich - Published on Amazon.com
I saw this movie at its' first sneak preview in San Francisco and loved the movie. Then I saw it again on its' regular release and I was astonished! They completely changed the ending of the movie! The orignal ending showed Liza's character many years later after both Gene and Burt were killed thinking back to her earlier years. She has evidently married into wealth and the name of her yacht is Lucky Lady. This ending completely disappeared when the movie went into general release. What a shame. It went from an excellent movie to an ok movie. I hope the dvd will include the original ending.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Sexy Liza on the high seas Jan. 10 2011
By Jeffrey S. Lockwood - Published on Amazon.com
In the wake of Seventies nostalgia for Depression-themed comedies like Paper Moon and The Sting, 20th Century-Fox gave legendary director Stanley Donen (Singin' in the Rain, Seven Brides For Seven Brothers, Charade) a big budget, two hot screenwriters (American Graffiti's Willard Huyck and Gloria Katz), and a literal boatload of stars (Minnelli, Hackman, Reynolds)to film what was to be their big Christmas blockbuster of 1975. Critics weren't especially kind and the film wasn't exactly the box office smash that Fox was counting on, but it did do reasonably well (it grossed over $24 million according to IMDB)and Minnelli's performance actually earned a Golden Globe nomination that put her in the same company that year as Barbra Streisand, Julie Christie, Goldie Hawn, and eventual winner Ann-Margret. I have to admit I've always had a bit of a soft spot for this film. It was the first movie I ever saw at Phoenix's legendary (and now sadly vanished) movie palace the Cine Capri, and the film's beautifully photographed sets, costumes, and stars looked fabulous. While the film's tale of Prohibition-era bootleggers does veer unevenly between comedy, action (sometimes quite violent), music, and romance (the Burt-Liza-Gene menage comes off as a bit kinky even today) it is nonetheless stylish, offbeat, and quite entertaining. And Liza, in full-on bombshell seductress mode, was never sexier. I'm glad that Shout Factory obtained the rights to release this on DVD given how Fox seems to have practically disowned it over the years (I don't think they ever even released it on VHS, though it does occasionally appear on the Fox Movie Channel.) It's not exactly a lost masterpiece but it certainly deserves better that its reputation suggests.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
A Decidedly Mixed Bag Feb. 12 2011
By David Baldwin - Published on Amazon.com
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I was 12 years old when this came out Christmas of '75 and wasn't allowed to see it. My parents used to check the ratings from the Legion of Decency before we were allowed to see a movie and this one probably didn't pass the mustard. I wasn't allowed to see "Jaws" but that's another story. I was allowed to see "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" which I found to be very strange. My only recollection of it is the endless television campaign for the flick that seemed to saturate the airwaves for months. Surfing the Amazon site I stumbled upon "Lucky Lady" purely by accident and my interest was piqued. I've always been a big fan of both Gene Hackman and Burt Reynolds not so Liza Minelli. I found "Cabaret" boring and her performance overrated. That said, I found "Lucky Lady" immensely enjoyable...to a degree. For at least the first half of the film it's a rollicking fun screwball farce and all the principal actors are terrifically entertaining. Director Stanley Donen perfectly captures the Depression Era's sights and sounds. Willard Huyck and Gloria Katz's script crackles with wit. It's in the film's second half where it starts to break down. It devolves into a boring menage-a-trois between the three stars and there's semi-graphic violence that's more at place in a Peckinpah film than one of this nature. On the whole, though, there's more to recommend here than not so I have no problem giving "Lucky Lady" my qualified endorsement.

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