Luck: Season 1
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From David Milch (Deadwood, NYPD Blue) and Michael Mann (Public Enemies, Ali), this one-hour drama centers on an intuitive tough guy named Chester “Ace” Bernstein (Dustin Hoffman), who has always been involved with gambling, from bookmaking and money laundering to casino operations. Recently released from prison after three years, he teams with Gus Demitriou (Dennis Farina), his longtime chauffeur and muscle, to craft a complex plan involving the Santa Anita Racetrack in California. As they plot out Ace’s strategy, the pair recruits Turo Escalante (John Ortiz), a successful trainer with a sordid reputation. In the meantime, an old trainer (Nick Nolte) nurtures a possible breakthrough thoroughbred, while a ragtag group of four racetrack groupies band together to try to catch lightning in a bottle – as winners of an elusive Pick Six bet.
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The music in this series, the camera work, the story, the mood, the pace, the horses. What a beautiful multi-dimensional piece of work.
How un-LUCK-y for us that it was shot down. Such a good job. I can't believe it's over.
BTW - I've never bothered to write a review before, and was compelled to here by the bad reviews. This one of those things that (as many are) may be trash to some and absolute gold to another, with maybe not much room in between... I hope this review may help someone to know where it may fall for them.
so we have stupid lines, a plot-line that doesn't really make much sense and a well-known star overacting in every scene, why three stars? Because the filming of the races was absolutely top-notch, the best I've ever scene in any movie: pounding, realistic and thrilling. if you're a horse racing fan, you owe it to yourself to wade through the sludge to see these great, great scenes.
There are many other facets to the horse racing industry, and many good people who make a living there and have their own stories worth telling. It's too bad the creators of "Luck" didn't have more scope. And shame on the the animal handlers for trying to create realistic racing scenes with crippled and/or retired horses that were no longer viable as racehorses - taking that risk led to the demise of the show. And double shame on the news media that gave the impression that the three horses that died during filming of the program - all died on the track while filming racing scenes. That was not the case.
I'd love to see "Luck" come back as a better show about the insiders in horse racing that casts them in a different and more accurate light.