Luckytown

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Luckytown
Directed by Paul Nicolas
Produced by Paul Nicolas
Written by Brendan Beseth
Starring
Music by Greg Edmonson
Cinematography Denis Maloney
Edited by Roberto Silvi
Production
companies
  • A Plus Entertainment
  • Entertainment 7
  • Mediapix
Distributed by
  • A Plus Entertainment (U.S.)
  • Entertainment 7 (outside U.S.)
Country United States
Language English

Luckytown is a 2000 film starring Kirsten Dunst, Vincent Kartheiser, Luis Guzmán, and James Caan. The film was written by Brendan Beseth, and produced and directed by Paul Nicolas.

Plot[edit]

When she turns 18, unhappy Lidda Daniels leaves Southern California to look for Charlie, her father, a professional gambler who abandoned her years before, on her way to Las Vegas, she picks up Colonel, a video store clerk who she finds attractive even though they have never spoken.

Cast[edit]

Filming[edit]

A five-week shoot in Las Vegas began on December 13, 1999.[1] Paul Nicolas, the film's director and producer, said, "We could have shot most of it in L.A., but just by being here, you get a lot of ideas. Just by driving around, you can see what Las Vegas has to offer." Nicolas said about the Las Vegas Strip and downtown Las Vegas: "seeing the sights, we're trying to write little scenes to incorporate them in the story."[2] Approximately 14 local actors, as well as 500 local extras, appeared in the film.[3]

During the first week of filming, scenes were shot at the Bourbon Street and Showboat hotel-casinos,[3] for the second week, filming moved to a soundstage at Lear Entertainment's new production facility, which was also located in Las Vegas and was still under construction during filming.[1][3] Scenes were to be shot on 3,600- and 8,100-square-foot stages at the facility,[1] during the second week of filming, scenes were also shot at the Olympic Gardens strip club, and at Geebee's Bar and Grill, located south of the Las Vegas Strip.[4]

In the third week, filming moved to the closed Rockabilly's Saloon and Dance Hall on Boulder Highway, for the film, the structure was renovated as a strip club,[4] known in the film as Tony's Dollhouse,[2] and was reportedly planned to be reopened as a strip club in reality after filming was scheduled to complete there.[4] Nicolas said "we got inspired by the strip clubs in Vegas -- and we built one."[2] Approximately one third of the film was set at Tony's Dollhouse.[2] James Caan, who had previously played a Las Vegas gambler in The Gambler and Honeymoon in Vegas,[1] finished filming his scenes in December 1999.[5] After a brief New Year's break, filming resumed at Rockabilly's Saloon on January 3, 2000.[2]

Later that month, scenes were shot at the Roadhouse Casino and McCarran International Airport, with additional scenes shot at the Bourbon Street hotel-casino.[6] Filming was scheduled to conclude on January 13, 2000, but was extended and expected to conclude the following week. Final filming locations included the Candlelight Wedding Chapel, the Showboat hotel-casino, the Glass Pool Inn, and driving shots of the Las Vegas Strip. Production was also expected to return to Geebee's Bar and Grill for pick-up footage.[5]

Release[edit]

Luckytown premiered at the Hollywood Film Festival on August 4, 2000.[citation needed] In the United States, Luckytown was released on home video on July 17, 2001.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Cling, Carol (December 13, 1999). "'Luckytown' rolls into city for five-week shoot". Las Vegas Review-Journal. Archived from the original on March 11, 2003. 
  2. ^ a b c d e Cling, Carol (January 3, 2000). "'Luckytown' resumes filming at Rockabilly's Saloon". Las Vegas Review-Journal. Archived from the original on December 21, 2002. 
  3. ^ a b c Cling, Carol (December 20, 1999). "'Luckytown,' 'I Dare You' continue production". Las Vegas Review-Journal. Archived from the original on September 5, 2002. 
  4. ^ a b c Cling, Carol (December 27, 1999). "Television flocks to Vegas for New Year's Eve". Las Vegas Review-Journal. Archived from the original on August 6, 2002. 
  5. ^ a b Cling, Carol (January 17, 2000). "Haley Joel Osment will return to city amid Oscar buzz". Las Vegas Review-Journal. Archived from the original on December 13, 2001. 
  6. ^ Cling, Carol (January 10, 2000). "Sylvestor Stallone prepares to film new movie in Las Vegas". Las Vegas Review-Journal. Archived from the original on November 17, 2002. 
  7. ^ Cling, Carol (July 13, 2001). "Video Preview: Seasonal Swoon". Las Vegas Review-Journal. Archived from the original on November 15, 2002. 

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