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Lucky Lady (1975)

Gene Hackman , Liza Minnelli , Stanley Donen  |  PG |  DVD
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Gene Hackman, Liza Minnelli, Burt Reynolds, Geoffrey Lewis
  • Directors: Stanley Donen
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Anamorphic, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Shout! Factory
  • DVD Release Date: February 1, 2011
  • Run Time: 118 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004AZ7ZJA
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #31,941 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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When three down-on-their-luck losers, Claire (Liza Minnelli), Kibby (Gene Hackman) and Walker (Burt Reynolds), come together in a Mexican border town to start a booze-running operation during the prohibition, egos, enemies and envy collide. But through some mysterious alchemy and a couple of gunfights, the three become immensely successful bootleggers and, even more surprising to them, a fully functioning menage a trois.

A throwback to the great screwball comedies of the 1930s, Lucky Lady was written by Willard Huyck & Gloria Katz (American Graffiti) and directed by the great Stanley Donen (Singin’ In The Rain).

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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "Lucky Lady" FINALLY on DVD! November 16, 2010
By Carlton
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!
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17 of 17 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! December 7, 2010
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!
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars DOES IT CONTAIN ITS' ORIGINAL ENDING? December 14, 2010
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.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Sexy Liza on the high seas January 10, 2011
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.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent purchase!!! THANK YOU
Published 22 days ago by Michael
3.0 out of 5 stars Fond memories were better than the actual movie
I saw this movie when it came out in Puerto Rico. I was visiting family there and so was my cousin. She took us all to see it, I was about 12 then. I loved it. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Nacho Man
5.0 out of 5 stars Rum-running romp on the high seas with Hackman and Minelli
It's really unfortunate that so many people have never even heard of this film. Set during Prohibition, it follows three rum-running "friends" as they try to compete with... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Hammy Lady
5.0 out of 5 stars I love this!
I loved this movie when it was new and wanted it for my collection. I'm so glad my husband found it and bought it for me. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Brian D. Lawrence
5.0 out of 5 stars The theatrical release
This is the original theatrical release.

The picture quality is not HD. It appears as if it is almost VHS tape with a noticeable graininess to the film. Read more
Published 9 months ago by R. Metcalf
5.0 out of 5 stars Lucky lady
Been waiting a long time to get this movie on DVD. Love all the actors. Great movie. Would recommend it.
Published 12 months ago by Lucietwo
2.0 out of 5 stars Lucky Lady Only Lucky
1975's "Lucky Lady" was probably hoping to make an equally successful film out of what was obviously inspired by "The Sting. Read more
Published 15 months ago by V. Risoli
5.0 out of 5 stars About time they re-released it
I have been waiting a long time for this re-release. It's one of the better made oldies. The stars
being in their younger days. An entertaining tale.
Published 18 months ago by ralph dresh
4.0 out of 5 stars Hillarious at times
I was not a huge liza manelli fan as a kid, yet, i sure developed
into a huge fan of hers as i matured. Read more
Published 19 months ago by B. weilburg
5.0 out of 5 stars I'm feeling LUCKY!
For several years I kept checking to see if "Lucky Lady" had been released and was disappointed with every search. Read more
Published 21 months ago by B. Schulz
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