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!