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Lucky (2017)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama | 29 September 2017 (USA)
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The spiritual journey of a ninety-year-old atheist.

Director:

John Carroll Lynch

Writers:

Logan Sparks (screenplay), Drago Sumonja (screenplay)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Harry Dean Stanton ... Lucky
David Lynch ... Howard
Ron Livingston ... Bobby Lawrence
Ed Begley Jr. ... Dr. Christian Kneedler
Tom Skerritt ... Fred
Barry Shabaka Henley ... Joe
James Darren ... Paulie
Beth Grant ... Elaine
Yvonne Huff ... Loretta (as Yvonne Huff Lee)
Hugo Armstrong ... Vincent
Bertila Damas ... Bibi
Pam Sparks Pam Sparks ... Pam (as Pamela Sparks)
Mouse Mouse ... Mouse
Ulysses Olmedo ... Juan Wayne
Ana Mercedes ... Victoria
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Lucky is an old US Navy veteran of rigid habits and attitudes in a small town. When his routine is interrupted by a sudden collapse at home, Lucky finds himself realizing that his remarkably healthy old age is going to face an inevitable decline and he has to accept it. In that difficult reassessment, Lucky must face up to what he believes in and how much it compares to his neighbors' priorities. In doing so, Lucky finds that his life has its positive side as he searches for some meaning that he can accept. Written by Kenneth Chisholm (kchishol@rogers.com)

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Comedy | Drama

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Country:

USA

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English | Spanish

Release Date:

29 September 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Lucky: Un joven de noventa años See more »

Filming Locations:

Piru, California, USA See more »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$43,293, 1 October 2017, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$955,925, 21 December 2017
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2.39 : 1
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Stanton was one of the favorite actors of director David Lynch, who played Howard in this film. See more »

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Lucky: He's gone, Howard, and you're all alone. We come in alone, and we go out alone.
Bobby Lawrence: That's awfully bleak.
Lucky: It's beautiful. "Alone" comes from two words, all-one. It's in the dictionary.
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Not a great film, but it is an important one I think.
27 October 2017 | by HellmantSee all my reviews

'LUCKY': Four Stars (Out of Five)

A drama starring Harry Dean Stanton in one of his final on-screen roles, before his death on September 15th, 2017. Stanton plays a 90-year-old atheist dealing with old age. It was directed by veteran actor turned first time director John Carroll Lynch, and it was written by Logan Sparks and Drago Sumonja (two veteran actors turned first time screenwriters). The movie also features supporting turns from David Lynch, Ron Livingston, Beth Grant, Ed Begley Jr., Barry Shabaka Henley and Tom Skerritt (reuniting him with his 'ALIEN' costar). The film has received almost unanimous rave reviews from critics, with Stanton's performance getting especially high praise. I think it's a well made character study, with a good performance from Stanton, but it's also just a little overrated.

Stanton plays Lucky, a 90-year-old stuck in his ways, including smoking, that spends his time walking around his small town and hanging out with other elderly locals at a dive bar. He faints one day, and has to see a doctor (Begley Jr.) about it. Then he starts worrying about his upcoming death. The whole time he gets into arguments with his friends, and outsiders; like a lawyer (Livingston) setting up a will for his friend's (Lynch) turtle. He also continues to try to light up cigarettes in non smoking establishments.

The movie is slow-paced, but it does have a lot of interesting dialogue. Not a lot happens in it, so it will seem pretty uneventful (and dull) to some viewers, but those that appreciate a good character study should enjoy it. It's also pretty insightful; about dealing with old age and your quickly approaching death. Stanton is really good in the film, and it's great to see him in a lead role finally. It's also sad that he's no longer with us, but it's touching that he got this one last good role to play (about death and old age oddly enough). It's not a great film, but it is an important one I think.

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