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The Mouse Avenger
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To start off this post, let me say that I terribly apologize for my long absence. Busy with life, school, & stuff, but now I'm back! [Big Grin] While I was gone, however, I have fallen deeply & madly in love (not literally, of course ^^; [Wink] with my newest idol & celebrity crush, Malcolm McDowell.

After receiving "A Clockwork Orange" for my 18th birthday a while back, I have been collecting other films with Malcy, be they on DVD or VHS. One film I eagerly await to see (whose DVD arrival should be coming shortly, according to Amazon), is none other than one of his most beloved films, "O, Lucky Man!"

Having just gotten the soundtrack on CD for Christmas, I am actually dying to see the film for myself. I've read reviews & stuff online, & so far, it looks like a good movie. But for those who have seen it, what are your thoughts? [Smile]

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Part of a kind of trilogy I believe, along with 'If' and 'Britannia Hospital'. It's very wierd (and very 70's), but it's good. Look out for the moment when Malcolm walks past a record shop and the window is full of the 'new' album by T.Rex 'The Slider' (I love things like that in films!)

Two other highly enjoyable (and very different) films with McDowell that must be seen are: 'Aces High' - A brilliant World War 1 film set on the western front - and 'Time After Time', a slightly silly (but very entertaining) time travel film featuring Malc as H.G. Wells and David Warner as Jack the ripper!

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I started a similar thread on this movie in 2004, so I'll copy what I said at the time.

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(I posted the following message from another newsgroup board that I belong to, but I think it can also apply here.)


"O Lucky Man!" (1973) is the late Lindsay Anderson's sprawling, semi-surreal, allegorical story of a coffee company trainee salesman who stumbles through several adventures, has a brief stint in international finance, and then settles down to become a do-gooder. Malcolm McDowell, Arthur Lowe, Sir Ralph Richardson, and Rachel Roberts lead the fine cast and play multiple roles in this lengthy (three hours!) film. Think of it as a modern-day mixture of Voltaire's "Candide" and John Bunyan's "Pilgrim's Progress" novels.

A long, strange trip indeed! And completely unpredictable, unlike most movies.

And through it all, a wonderful musical score by Alan Price, the keyboardist of the Eric Burdon's group, The Animals.

The film received much praise from critics, but was mostly neglected by the public when it first came out. Sadly, the film was shut out in the Academy Awards' nomination process. If you're in the mood for something off-beat, this one is certainly worth hunting at your video store.

For more information on this movie, try this site:
http://us.imdb.com/Details?0070464

I saw it twice: in the late 70's at an art-house theater, and again in the mid-80's on VHS.

Unfortunately, there are no DVD versions of this movie yet! [Frown]

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quote:
Originally posted by StevenHW:
I started a similar thread on this movie in 2004, so I'll copy what I said at the time.

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(I posted the following message from another newsgroup board that I belong to, but I think it can also apply here.)


"O Lucky Man!" (1973) is the late Lindsay Anderson's sprawling, semi-surreal, allegorical story of a coffee company trainee salesman who stumbles through several adventures, has a brief stint in international finance, and then settles down to become a do-gooder. Malcolm McDowell, Arthur Lowe, Sir Ralph Richardson, and Rachel Roberts lead the fine cast and play multiple roles in this lengthy (three hours!) film. Think of it as a modern-day mixture of Voltaire's "Candide" and John Bunyan's "Pilgrim's Progress" novels.

A long, strange trip indeed! And completely unpredictable, unlike most movies.

And through it all, a wonderful musical score by Alan Price, the keyboardist of the Eric Burdon's group, The Animals.

The film received much praise from critics, but was mostly neglected by the public when it first came out. Sadly, the film was shut out in the Academy Awards' nomination process. If you're in the mood for something off-beat, this one is certainly worth hunting at your video store.

For more information on this movie, try this site:
http://us.imdb.com/Details?0070464

I saw it twice: in the late 70's at an art-house theater, and again in the mid-80's on VHS.

Unfortunately, there are no DVD versions of this movie yet! [Frown]

Thanks so very much for the info! ^_^ Now I want to see it even more... [Big Grin] And singing along to the soundtrack 3 times a day doesn't help. ^^;;

As a matter of fact, I believe I've mentioned that a DVD is in the works...but no release date has yet been set to my knowledge. But ohhhh, how I await the day... [Big Grin]

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quote:
Originally posted by StevenHW:
Unfortunately, there are no DVD versions of this movie yet! [Frown]

I beg to differ, my good man. [Big Grin] It appears that OLM! has just been set for release on 2-disc special edition DVD on October 23 this year, along with the "Clockwork Orange" special edition DVD. The page is on Amazon, & I've already pre-ordered it for my birthday. ^_^ OMG, I'm so very excited!
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quote:
Originally posted by The Mouse Avenger:
I beg to differ, my good man. [Big Grin] It appears that OLM! has just been set for release on 2-disc special edition DVD on October 23 this year...

Yes, and I just bought it a few days ago! It's been a very long time since I last saw it.

I haven't had time to see it, but I will this weekend.

It's on two DVDs because of the 3-hour length of the movie. There's audio commentary by Malcolm McDowell, the screenwriter David Sherwin, and Alan Price (who sang on it and appears in the movie).

They don't make movies like this anymore!

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