Second Time Lucky

Second Time Lucky
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Directed by Michael Anderson
Produced by Antony I. Ginnane
Written by Ross Dimsey
Howard Grigsby
Alan Byrnes (story)
David Sigmund (story)
Starring Diane Franklin
Roger Wilson
Robert Morley
Robert Helpmann
John Michael Howson
Music by Garry McDonald
Laurie Stone
Cinematography John R. McLean
Edited by Tony Paterson
Broadbank Investments
Eadenrock Ltd.
Distributed by Kerridge Odeon (New Zealand) (all media)
Release date
Running time
101 minutes
Country New Zealand
Language English
Budget $5.5 million[1]

Second Time Lucky is a 1984 New Zealand erotic comedy film directed by Michael Anderson and starring Diane Franklin and Roger Wilson.[2] The story centers on God and the Devil making a bet on the definitive salvation or condemnation of humanity, as well as the couple that will decide mankind's fate.


Satan calls God by phone and asks him how's he doing, and if he isn't tired of their eternal dispute for mankind's fate. Both decide to set up a definitive game, which will decide if humans deserve one last chance to reach Heaven or if they will be condemned forever to hell. They settle that Eve and Adam, an ordinary 20th Century couple, will be their "players"; travelling through time while fighting (or giving in) to temptation and carnal desire. Adam and Eve are then plunged back through time into four tableaus to test them: the Garden of Eden, Ancient Rome, World War I, The Roaring Twenties and current modern times.



  • New Zealand Film 1912-1996 by Helen Martin & Sam Edwards p102 (1997, Oxford University Press, Auckland) - ISBN 019 558336 1


  1. "Production Survey", Cinema Papers, July 1984 p168
  2. Ed. Scott Murray, Australia on the Small Screen 1970-1995, Oxford Uni Press, 1996 p137

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