O Lucky Man is the second film of the Mick Travis trilogy. Malcolm McDowell stars as Mick Travis (last seen in the film If...) a young go getter who's sent to Northern England by his company as an executive salesman for his coffee company. Along the way, Mick learns about life, love and the pitfalls of capitalism and the wealthy elite. The film also co-stars the beautiful Helen Mirren and Sir Ralph Richardson (who appears in a dual role). In fact, most of the cast plays more than one character (giving the film a feel of a stage production rather than a traditional movie). The brilliant score was written and performed by Alan Price (formerly of The Animals) who also has a small part portraying himself. Lindsay Anderson, the director also has a small role seen in the bookending scenes at the start and end of the picture.
What I really enjoyed about the movie is it's free flowing narrative and perfect use of Alan Price's catchy pop songs. Malcolm McDowell carries the film very well, The story is loosely based upon his experiences as a salesman during his late teens and early twenties. A lot of references to the film A Clockwork Orange are peppered throughout the film and several of his co-stars from the movie has roles in this one as well. A real cinematic treat that I'm sure you'll enjoy. I highly recommend this film if you enjoy Malcolm McDowell, A Clockwork Orange or just something that's totally offbeat and original.
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