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Lindsay Anderson's epic-scale satire of wealth, ambition, and class in Great Britain is so dry and played with such subtlety that some viewers may wonder at times if it's really intended to be a comedy, which of course is one of its great strengths. For a film whose messages and observations are dagger sharp, O Lucky Man never overplays its hand, no matter how bizarre the circumstances Malcolm McDowell's Mick Travis is forced to confront; and from the torture session interrupted by the tea lady to casual suicides by lower-level office functionaries, O Lucky Man keeps one foot in reality at all times, which makes its brutal absurdities all the more telling (and hilarious). McDowell's performance is one of his very best, managing to blend Mick's sometimes cartoonish get-up-and-go with a credible sense of puzzlement and anger at the surreal events which follow him, and Anderson's stock company -- including Ralph Richardson, Arthur Lowe, Rachel Roberts and Helen Mirren -- are equally engaging in their multiple roles. Alan Price's songs offer a perfect running commentary on the narrative, and Anderson's audacious device of periodically returning to Price and his band in the studio still stands as one of the most intelligent uses of pop music in film scoring. Engaging and compelling for every moment of its three-hour running time, O Lucky Man is a bellowing cry of bitterness and a call for cultural revolution lurking just beneath the surface of a low-key comedy of errors; and it's all but impossible to imagine any director/actor team besides Anderson and McDowell making this work nearly so well. Mark Deming, All Movie Guide

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