The Complete First Season

DVD - 2012
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This one hour drama centers on an intuitive tough guy named Chester "Ace" Bernstein, 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, his longtime chauffeur and muscle, to craft a complex plan involving the Santa Anita Racetrack in California.
Topical Term: Ex-convicts
Television series
Publisher: [United States] : HBO Home Entertainment, 2012
ISBN: 9780780695160
Branch Call Number: F
Characteristics: 4 videodiscs (540 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in
Language Note: English dialogue; English subtitles


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Jun 23, 2015

This dramatic series hooked me from the beginning & never let go. Excellent acting with major talents, even in the minor roles & the horses are just plain beautiful. Loved it.

Dec 14, 2013

“Luck” relies on the same hook for its dramatic effect as real life horse racing– the win or lose moment. Are we meant to experience the vicarious thrill of depravity of these bettors? While at the same time feeling superior to them? The reality of horse racing and the fictional appeal both rely on the abuse of horses. Sure, we’re meant to feel superior to these sorry creeps in the film. But whether it’s for entertainment, profit, or both, isn’t it all about the thrill of the race? Either way, the film makers and the bettors profit from the exploitation. Check out Alice Walker’s “Am I Blue” for a challenging meditation on the treatment of animals. Her connection between the brutal abuse of slaves and abuse of animals is thought provoking. We are, indeed, the dominant species, but walker doesn’t let us off the hook. HBO has run out of -- and out on -- "Luck." the pay cable network announced an abrupt end to the Dustin Hoffman-starring drama, following news that three horses had died during production.Frank Stronach, who is associated with Santa Anita race track where the show is filmed, said he had wanted to end the relationship with the show. "I'm just disappointed because it puts sort of an ugly face on the whole point of horse racing," "We're not going to participate if horse racing is shown in such a bad way." sorry Frank, no lipstick on this pig. They shoot horses, don't they?

Dec 07, 2013

The classic racing season at Santa Anita begins on the day after Christmas. December 26th 1963 was a cool clear bright sunny day in Arcadia, and I had my dream job, working in the backstretch at Santa Anita. I ate at the track kitchen daily, and slept in a tack room for the entire season, right next door to a stall whose equine tenant loved to kick the wooden wall at 3am. It was rough and ready and during that time working at Santa Anita, I came to meet and talk to and work with just about every character in LUCK, so to me the ill-fated single season wasn't really fiction - it was very real. And really quite haunting and evocative. Truly the best inside look at west coast horse racing ever put to film. And yes, the dialogue is spoken in the argot of the racetrack, and so for some will be practically spoken in a foreign language. To me the series is a work of art that probably will not be surpassed, and I still have never hit a P-6, but have cashed some very sweet superfectas.

Nov 05, 2013

should be good with cast including Dustin Hoffman, but it is not. Everyone speaks in some sort of code, lingo, or analogy that is very unclear. NO ONE has even a close to normal conversation except Nick Nolte's character who is hard to understand because of his gravely voice and mumble.


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