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Lucky Lady [DVD] [1975] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

3.3 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews

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  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004AZ7ZJA
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 148,810 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Despite its dire reputation implying it sank with all hands, Lucky Lady was more a case of a would-be blockbuster struggling to make its money back than being a massive box-office disaster, and as a film it's accordingly one of those pictures that's neither as terrible as it could have been nor as good as it needed to be. Having a trio of stars not exactly known for their quality control making up its central ménage a trois in Gene Hackman, Liza Minnelli and Burt Reynolds helps dial down expectations to a more manageable level now than it did in 1975, but this never makes as much of its romantic comedy and rum running shenanigans during Prohibition as it could. One of those throwbacks to the 20s and the kind of film the studio churned out in the Golden Age that were so strangely popular with studio chiefs (but rarely audiences) in the early 70s, albeit with looser morals and slacker censorship, it's certainly a flabby film. Willard Huyck and Gloria Katz's script isn't terrible even with the kind of snappy dialogue and energetic pacing it aspires to being almost completely absent but it needs a firmer hand on the tiller than it gets from Stanley Donen's cluttered direction. Some setpieces work, other bits of business feel dragged out while a decent supporting cast with the likes of John Hillerman, Michael Hordern, Emilio Fernandez and Geoffrey Lewis deliver the goods as best they can despite not being half as well showcased as they might be. Throughout, nothing ever makes that much impact.

Perhaps that's in part due to the nightmarishly prolonged production, with the scenes with the Lucky Lady dodging coastguards and bigtime operators alike before ending in a chaotic sea battle plagued by logistical problems that reputedly more than doubled the budget to a then astronomical $22m.
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In the vein of The Sting, this action/comedy Prohibition-era caper film stars Gene Hackman and Burt Reynolds as a couple of bootleggers who hook up with a vampy cabaret singer (Liza Minnelli) for a rum-running operation. Released theatrically in 1975, Lucky Lady earned Minnelli a Golden Globe nod for her performance as the nightclub entertainer who can't decide between her two booze-smuggling beaus. Directed by Stanley Donen (Singin' in the Rain, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, Bedazzled, Blame it on Rio).
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lucky lady brought no luck to liza, being her first film after cabaret but failing to achieve success, either critically or at the box office. yet i love her musical number, devastatingly sexy, and also the 1920's setting. reynolds and hackman, of course, give their usual professionalism to the roles and are enjoyable. probably stanley donen had lost some energy and couldn't handle this one with his directorial talent of yore, but it's a watchable film and a curiosity for younger liza fans.
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This "40th Anniversary Edition" released by Three Wolves Ltd has no details about what makes it a 40th anniversary version, or if it will include any extras. There was an alternative, less cheery ending to the film, which preview audiences hated. And there was also, an unused ending, where all three main characters are senior citizens. I doubt either one of these treasures would be included on this release, or that there would even be a 'making of' documentary with some interview conducted with the cast during filming (which you can find on YouTube). I emailed Three Wolves Ltd, but no reply. I am not going to spend £20, when they are being so vague with the details. There are two other versions on this film on DVD, both retailing at around £8. How a company can price something at 20 quid, claim it's something special, when blatantly it won't be - is beyond me.
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4.0 out of 5 stars "Lucky Lady" FINALLY on DVD! 16 Nov. 2010
By Carlton - Published on Amazon.com
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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!
20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Let's break out a jug of gin....the LUCKY LADY is HERE! 8 Dec. 2010
By Rodney Luck - Published on Amazon.com
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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
3.0 out of 5 stars DOES IT CONTAIN ITS' ORIGINAL ENDING? 14 Dec. 2010
By Trapp Rich - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
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.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Sexy Liza on the high seas 11 Jan. 2011
By Jeffrey S. Lockwood - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
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.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Lucky Lady Only Lucky 17 April 2013
By V. Risoli - Published on Amazon.com
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1975's "Lucky Lady" was probably hoping to make an equally successful film out of what was obviously inspired by "The Sting." So they had the two rogues perhaps a little oddly matched and figured they could even add spice by making the film about a menage a trois, make it a quasi-musical with a few Kander and Ebb songs for Liza as a prohibition cabaret girl (cashing in a on those who still believed in her performance in "Cabaret") in a film about rum runner buccaneers. Believing in the three stars could have counted for something, except that Burt Reynolds was one of them and he was getting near his irresponsible non-acting performances in the "Smokey and the Bandit" films and numerous others where mugging for the camera substituted for acting. Gene Hackman, usually a good actor, seems almost to have surrendered to the impossibility of this film coming out afloat. Liza gives the most professionally competent performance as she probably felt a little responsible with the title and all but she is not good enough an actor to survive with a great performance. Written by the duo who brought us "American Graffiti" in 1973, Willard Huyck and Gloria Katz and a usually great director, Stanley Donen, but Donen had prior brought us the gawking spectacle of Richard Burton and Rex Harrison as two stereotypical homosexuals in "Staircase." There was probably more of a reason why "Staircase" and "Lucky Lady" were never on home video until Shout Factory brought us "Lucky Lady" recently than just oversight. In "Lucky Lady" the three stars bombard us with "irascible" charm that embarrasses us as we are played for stooges who do not need believability in our stories more than the stars laughing and mugging and saying lines about "fish farting." The movie is so expensive and indulgent that there is a log as an extra that counts down the enormous budgetary delays from filming on the sea (with no miniatures) that becomes just another one long joke. With all the hoopla about how the movie was a gross miscalculation by 20th Century-Fox and a huge flop that went through three endings before the one that, because you just have to watch it twice, it really is not as bad as that. Yes, the film is lucky that it can survive that first viewing successfully as almost entertaining despite the bad reviews. But then, it really is a lot unfunny as it expects us to be wowed by, even with an extraordinary budget, really so little. John Hillerman is pretty good as the villain, too, but Robby Benson is completely wasted, or then just too much a talent to see do so little and perhaps thereby mis-cast. The photography has a kind of haze about it as if filmed through some kind of gauze filter, which is sort of nice. The make-up jobs are generally not so good, as are hairpieces or lack of them (Gene Hackman needed some help in some scenes considering the magnitude of their star billing). There is only luck in "Lucky Lady" to be had, no tears, no real laughs, no suspense, nothing like that. You just can't believe your eyes what you had just seen.
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