Lucky (2017 American film)

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Theatrical release poster
Directed by John Carroll Lynch
Produced by
Screenplay by
  • Logan Sparks
  • Drago Sumonja
Music by Elvis Kuehn
Cinematography Tim Suhrstedt
  • Superlative Films
  • Divide / Conquer
  • Lagralane Group
Distributed by Magnolia Pictures
Release date
  • March 11, 2017 (2017-03-11) (SXSW)[1]
Country United States
Language English
Box office $955,925[2]

Lucky is a 2017 American drama film directed by John Carroll Lynch from a screenplay by Logan Sparks and Drago Sumonja. It stars Harry Dean Stanton in one of his final screen roles before his death on September 15, 2017.


Lucky tells the story of a 90-year-old man and his struggle against encroaching old age. The film depicts his coming to terms with his own mortality, as he searches for enlightenment.

The film starts with Lucky waking up, smoking a cigarette, and then doing some yoga. He lives alone in Piru, California. He drinks milk ( the only thing in his fridge). Later he heads to a diner where he is on friendly terms with the staff. One of them suggests he quit smoking or it will kill him. Lucky claims that if it would he would have died already. He stays and works on his crossword puzzle. He has a local market where he picks up his cigarettes and milk. The owner tells him that her son Juan (Spanish for John) is having his tenth birthday and is becoming closer to a man, so Lucky calls him Juan Wayne on his way out. That evening he stops at a bar and has a few Bloody Marys with the locals who frequent the establishment. One of the regulars (played by David Lynch) is depressed since his pet tortoise has escaped since it had outlived two of his wives.

The next morning Lucky is having a cup of coffee when he becomes light headed and falls over. At the doctor’s office he is given a clean bill of health. The doctor tells him that he has out smoked and out lived most his same age fellows who have ailments and that he considers Lucky a wonder of medical science. He tells Lucky his own Father passed about a year ago, the look on Lucky's face suggests that he has known the Doctor for many years. Possibly since he was a child.

At the diner that morning he says he fell and everyone who usually jokes with him become concerned, not wanting to feel like a burden and that his time is short he leaves the diner after saying, "What's the fucking point?"

That night he calls a friend while he is watching TV. He tells his friend that when he was a boy he accidentally shot a mockingbird with his BB gun. He says the silence was devastating and it was the saddest thing he had ever seen. He thanks his friend of listening and hangs up.



On July 7, 2016, it was revealed that Lucky had begun filming in Los Angeles.[3]

On April 7, 2017, it was announced that Magnolia Pictures acquired U.S. and international rights to distribute the film.[4]


On Rotten Tomatoes, Lucky has a rating of 98%, based on 109 reviews, with an average score of 7.9/10. The website's critical consensus reads, "Lucky is a bittersweet meditation on mortality, punctuating the career of beloved character actor Harry Dean Stanton."[5] On Metacritic, the film has a score of 79 out of 100, based on 30 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[6]

Matt Zoller Seitz of gave the film four out of four stars, writing that the film is:

Seitz later named Lucky as the best film of 2017, stating that "I didn't expect much more than indie-film quirk when I read the description of this film, but emotionally it destroyed me."[8]


Award Date of ceremony Category Recipient(s) and nominee(s) Result Ref.
Camerimage International Film Festival November 18, 2017 Directors' Debuts Competition John Carroll Lynch Nominated [9]
Chicago Film Critics Association December 12, 2017 Best Actor Harry Dean Stanton Nominated [10]
Most Promising Filmmaker John Carroll Lynch Nominated
Gijón International Film Festival November 25, 2017 AISGE Award for Best Actor Harry Dean Stanton Won [11]
Best Original Score Elvis Kuehn Won
Gotham Independent Film Awards November 27, 2017 Best Actor Harry Dean Stanton Nominated [12]
Haifa International Film Festival October 14, 2017 Carmel Award for Best Film Lucky Nominated [13]
Fedeora Award - Directors of Tomorrow John Carroll Lynch Won [14]
Lisbon & Estoril Film Festival November 26, 2017 Jaeger - LeCoultre Best Film Award Lucky Nominated [15]
Locarno Film Festival August 12, 2017 Golden Leopard Lucky Nominated [16]
Prize of the Ecumenical Jury Won
Satellite Awards February 11, 2018 Best Actor – Motion Picture Harry Dean Stanton Won[a] [17]
Special Achievement Award for Best First Feature John Carroll Lynch Won
Saturn Awards June 27, 2018 Best Independent Film Lucky Nominated [18]
Tallgrass Film Festival October 22, 2017 Outstanding Screenplay Logan Sparks and Drago Sumonja Won [19]


  1. ^ Tied with Gary Oldman for Darkest Hour


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  2. ^ "Lucky (2017)". Box Office Mojo. IMDb. Retrieved June 21, 2018. 
  3. ^ Hipes, Patrick (July 7, 2016). "Harry Dean Stanton To Topline John Carroll Lynch's Indie 'Lucky'". Deadline Hollywood. Penske Business Media. Retrieved June 21, 2018. 
  4. ^ Lang, Brett (April 7, 2017). "Magnolia Nabs 'Lucky' Starring Harry Dean Stanton". Variety. Penske Business Media. Retrieved June 21, 2018. 
  5. ^ "Lucky (2017)". Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango. Retrieved June 26, 2018. 
  6. ^ "Lucky (2017) Reviews". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved February 14, 2018. 
  7. ^ Seitz, Matt Zoller (September 29, 2017). "Lucky Movie Review & Film Summary (2017)". Ebert Digital LLC. Retrieved September 29, 2017. 
  8. ^ The Editors (December 14, 2017). "The Individual Top Tens of 2017". Ebert Digital LLC. Retrieved March 20, 2018. 
  9. ^ "Directors' Debuts Competition". Camerimage International Film Festival. Retrieved June 21, 2018. 
  10. ^ Childress, Erik (December 12, 2017). ""Lady Bird," "Call Me By Your Name" win big for Chicago film critics". Chicago Film Critics Association. Archived from the original on December 13, 2017. Retrieved December 13, 2017. 
  11. ^ "Gijón/Xixón International Film Festival 55th Edition Winners". City Council of Gijón. November 25, 2017. Retrieved June 21, 2018. 
  12. ^ Erbland, Kate (October 19, 2017). "'Get Out' Leads 2017 Gotham Awards Nominations". IndieWire. Penske Business Media. Retrieved October 19, 2017. 
  13. ^ "Carmel Competition - International Film Competition 2017". Haifa International Film Festival. Retrieved June 21, 2018. 
  14. ^ "Best Israeli Feature Film Award – "The Testament"". Haifa International Film Festival. Retrieved June 21, 2018. 
  15. ^ "Filmes em COMPETIÇÃO no LEFFEST'17". Lisbon & Estoril Film Festival. Leopardo Filmes. October 30, 2017. Retrieved June 21, 2018. 
  16. ^ Locarno Festival [@FilmFestLocarno] (August 12, 2017). "Ecumenical Prize: LUCKY di John Carroll Lynch #Locarno70 @LuckyFilm2017 @MrJCLynch" (Tweet). Retrieved June 21, 2018 – via Twitter. 
  17. ^ Pond, Steve (November 28, 2017). "'Dunkirk,' 'The Shape of Water' Lead Satellite Award Nominations". TheWrap. Retrieved June 21, 2018. 
  18. ^ McNary, Dave (March 15, 2018). "'Black Panther,' 'Walking Dead' Rule Saturn Awards Nominations". Variety. Penske Business Media. Archived from the original on March 15, 2018. Retrieved March 15, 2018. 
  19. ^ "2017 Festival Award Winners". Tallgrass Film Festival. Tallgrass Film Association. Archived from the original on June 21, 2018. Retrieved June 21, 2018. 

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