Director Stanley Donen
Initial DVD release February 1, 2011
Country United States
55% Rotten Tomatoes
Genre Comedy, Drama
Budget 13 million USD
|Writer Willard Huyck, Gloria Katz|
Release date December 25, 1975 (1975-12-25)
Cast Liza Minnelli (Claire), Burt Reynolds (Walker), Gene Hackman (Kibby), Robby Benson (Billy)
Similar movies American Graffiti (1973)
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Lucky Lady is a 1975 American comedy-drama film directed by Stanley Donen and starring Gene Hackman, Liza Minnelli, and Burt Reynolds, with Robby Benson. Its story takes place during Prohibition in the United States in the year 1930.
Gene Hackman initially did not want to do the film, but 20th Century Fox kept offering him more and more money. Finally, Fox offered him $1.25 million, and according to talent agent Sue Mengers, "it was almost obscene for him not to do the film."
On February 1, 2011 Shout! Factory released the film on DVD for the first time.
During the Prohibition era, a young widow, Claire, gets involved in liquor smuggling and romance with two men, Walker and Kibby, off the San Diego coast. Organized crime controls bootlegging back east and wants to do the same here, so a hit man named McTeague is sent to deal with these amateur crooks, as is the Coast Guard, leading to various battles at sea.
The script was sold for $450,000. The writers wanted Steven Spielberg to direct and he was interested but had made a commitment to do Jaws.
Donen originally wanted Paul Newman and Warren Beatty for the lead male roles with production scheduled to begin in October 1974. Later, in November 1974, Reynolds was signed along with George Segal, who later dropped out of the project and was quickly replaced with Hackman. Filming began in Mexico in February 1975 and finished in July of that year.
The artist Lilly Fenichel served as the film's art director.
The film earned rentals of $12.1 million in North America.
This film was also released under the following titles:
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