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O Lucky Man!

Malcolm McDowell , Ralph Richardson , Lindsay Anderson    R (Restricted)   DVD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
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This sprawling, surrealist musical serves as an allegory for the pitfalls of capitalism, as it follows the adventures of a young coffee salesman in Europe. Many actors play multiple roles, giving the film a stagy tone. Malcolm McDowell, Ralph Richardson,

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5.0 out of 5 stars O Lucky Viewers April 17 2004
Format:VHS Tape
Everytime I see pictures of the flemish painter Heironymous Bosch and then see Lindsey Anderson in this movie I think, gee he looks just like Bosch; kinda makes movies like Bosch paints as well. His loosely connected Mick Travis trilogy: if.., O' Lucky Man and Britannia Hospital often look like the typical Bosch tryptich, in which the left panel shows man's expulsion from a distorted forboding man's view of "heaven"; in if..'s case a British authoritarian boarding school, while the right side of Bosch's tryptichs show the twisted tortuous hell that man merits from his sins on earth; in Britannia Hospital's case, an insane asylum diguised as a government run hospital where death is certain from the most disgustingly violent experiments and sponsered by bureaucratic sadists. In the middle of these moralty paintings is the incendiary display of sins man commits. And it is here that we often find the most engaging bits of Bosch's work where so much happens in an instant as viewing a painting, which, actually takes years to see it all. O' Lucky Man is very much designed in this fashion even if it wasn't intentional. We get elements from this movie that may never be fully realized again in film; a dismal prospect indeed. Innovations actually abound with this revolutionary film. We have it's soundrack and score composer not only effectively weigh commentary on the movie's long suffering but affably earnest protagonist Travis (played with astonishing exuberence and charm by Malcolm McDowell), but that the singer (Alan Price, formerly of the Animals) even interacts with him in the film. As innovative and amusing as that technique was, the soundrack can still stand on it's own as one of the greatest and most relevant to a film plot ever written. Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars watch this movie Sept. 22 2003
Format:VHS Tape
I can't really describe how I feel about this movie. I would love to just make you watch it. I am writing this because I felt a need to write a review for the soundtrack, now on cd. I found myself constantly talking about how much I love this movie. The music is incorporated into the film directly. So much so that McDowell(Travis) and Price(Price) actually exchange words at one point(and in the middle of one of Price's songs). Price's personality is felt everywhere. At a middle point, Price's band rescues Travis from a mad doctor(see Brittania Hospital)and appear proper in the film. The film itself was based partly on the character from "If.." and partly on McDowell's own experience as a coffee salesman. It is the middle part of Travis's trilogy. In my review of the soundtrack, you will see how I feel that Price's soundtrack adds to the tone and personality of the film. As serendipitous as Travis's adventures are, you can see layers of humanity peel away. To say something definite about it would just ruin the plot and theme. There are alot of scenes that are mockingly anti-authoritarian. And some creepy "things to be" scenes. Also, there are cold political reality scenes that still resonate. All that said, it is really Travis' story. Just watch it. The talents are huge and the movie is bleak. You will never see another movie like this again.
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5.0 out of 5 stars O, THERE'S THE MISSING FOOTAGE Jan. 29 2003
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All that has been said already to praise this film has been said. Suffice to say, this is also my favourite film. I am moved by the fact that so many people have givin this epic such a high rating, which it naturally deserves. Bravo! I write here briefly to address the 'missing footage' issue. It has been available, all but briefly, and was one of the last LaserDisc pressings in 1998. The missing 'My Home Town' (storyline previously pointed out by fellow reviewer Harris Fogel of Philadelphia PA) is complete and intact as chapter 40 side 4 (yep, it's a LONG movie!). Another reviewer also mentions a complete running time of 185 minutes, however the LaserDisc totals 178 minutes, therefore maybe still incomplete. I was unaware of this missing scene until my LaserDisc purchase in '98, and I cannot tell you my surprise and delite to see 'more' of my favourite film upon this disc's first viewing. It was like finding candy in a depleted candy shop! So, if your after the complete 'Lucky'of the draw - find a copy of this rare Laserdisc. What a wonderful way to farewell a format that had served us so well for so long. Enjoy!
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5.0 out of 5 stars O Wonderful Film! Nov. 19 2002
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Format:VHS Tape
This surreal dream-like tale follows the adventures of an innocent abroad in the late modern Capitalist paradise that is Great Britain in about circa 1970. Britain, Lindsay Anderson, seems to be saying, may pretend to be a pleasent, historic, rural land now retiring gracefully from the world stage to devote itself to global good works but the reality is good deal more sinister. Instead an old and cynical country, complacent and corrupt, finds new ways to exploit the globe. Faced with the loss of empire and the collapse of its manufacturing base it has branched out into the new and highly profitable fields of arms development, electronics and questionable medical and pharmaceutical research. As we discover there are some very odd things afoot in the green and pleasant land. Not only this but Britain continues to create mischief in the wider world either through exploitation of workforces in developing countries ("Imperial Coffee") or by support of unpleasant client regimes (Visit Wonderful Zingara: the Paradise Island!). All of the foregoing might make this film sound like hard work but instead it is fast moving and funny. Anderson uses an ensemble of actors who play several roles during the film. There are strong Brechtian overtones with Anderson himself appearing in some scenes (with clapper board) for a bit of "alienation effect" and there are also several nods to Kafka ("Don't die like a dog!" Ralph Richardson warns Michael at one stage in a great vignette set in a seedy boarding house somewhere in the North of England). So is Britain finished? Well thirty years later it is still here but this film seems increasingly prescient. In the final scenes Michael is literally beaten into smiling and the film ends with a wild swinging party where the cast let down their hair and dance on and on and on. Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of my all-time favorite films
Surreal, often hysterically funny, sometimes surprisingly sad, full of
sly political and social satire, and jammed with wildly brave
film-making choices, along with one... Read more
Published on April 28 2011 by K. Gordon
3.0 out of 5 stars Hypnotising, but overlong
Decided to see this after I got hooked on "If..."

The Good: Very fascinating in most parts, with some incredible shots. Read more
Published on Dec 28 2010 by Ty
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic British Zen Mastery
With 22 previous reviews here already I wonder why I'm compelled to say something about a film that is so well discussed and ... so unamimously loved and adored. Read more
Published on Dec 15 2009 by Richard S. Warner
5.0 out of 5 stars The Mick Travis Trilogy is Complete !!!
It was long overdue and an injustice to humankind that it took this long to finally be released, but we are all very lucky that "O Lucky Man! Read more
Published on Oct. 30 2007 by Rational Dude
5.0 out of 5 stars lucky to say the least
I recently watched O Lucky Man again with a friend who was watching it for the first time, and I became accutely aware of the feelings I had when I first watched it. Read more
Published on May 1 2004 by Benjamin Wiebe
5.0 out of 5 stars YEAH
I give this movie 5 stars because they just don't make 'em like this anymore. Also, when I read comments where folks bash the 70's, I simply wonder,I mean WONDER-what are they... Read more
Published on April 16 2004 by "queenzulu22"
5.0 out of 5 stars O Lucky DVD
All films of the 70s deserve to be seen in DVD instead of the antiquated VHS technolgy. What a joke... Read more
Published on April 14 2004 by Michael Wilson
5.0 out of 5 stars Happy to greet you
All film fans who were young in the 70s will remember this classic: but what is really needed is a DVD of the full version. As another reviewer has said, is anyone listening ?
Published on Jan. 8 2004 by Stephen E. Andrews
5.0 out of 5 stars DVD?
Could we see a dvd of this movie, perhaps with special features and deleted scenes? Please, if you are listening. Please.
Published on Sept. 22 2003 by David W. Jackson
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