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Eureka (1983)

 -  Drama | Thriller  -  May 1983 (UK)
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Arctic prospector Jack McCann, after fifteen years of solitary searching, becomes one of the world's wealthiest men when he literally falls into a mountain of gold in 1925. Years later, in ... See full summary »

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Jack McCann
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Tracy
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Jane Lapotaire ...
Helen McCann
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Mayakofsky
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Pierre de Valois
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Arctic prospector Jack McCann, after fifteen years of solitary searching, becomes one of the world's wealthiest men when he literally falls into a mountain of gold in 1925. Years later, in 1945, he lives in luxury on a Caribbean island that he owns. But his wealth brings him no peace of mind as he copes with Helen, his bored, alcoholic wife; Tracy, his dear, but headstrong, daughter who has married a dissolute, philandering social-climber; and Miami mobsters who want his island to build a casino. His life is entangled with the obsessions of those around him with greed, power, and debauchery against a background of occult symbolism. Written by Jerry Caplin <JCaplin001@aol.com>

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The character of Mayakofsky, played by Joe Pesci, is a thinly disguised name for real life mob boss Meyer Lansky. According to Wikipedia, source novelist Marshall Houts "proposed the theory that American gangster boss Meyer Lansky was behind the killing of [Harry] Oakes [the real life person Gene Hackman's Jack McCann is based on], due to Oakes's resistance to casino gambling in the Bahamas". See more »

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When Jack is run off his motorbike by Charles and Jack gets into Charles's car, a person in a yellow raincoat is reflected in the window of the car. See more »

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Claude Maillot Van Horn: [on trial] Please Tracy, tell them who do you think I am. When you look at me, what do you see?
Jack McCann: I see, um, a man unbuttoning a new frock for the first time. And trying to get me tipsy while stay sober himself. Because he's beginning to realize I could hold a hell of a lot of liquor. I see a man with other women; secretive, dissatisfied with me. Telling lies, small ones, but needing me more than anything. I see a man who can't pass a mirror without looking into it. A man whose face hangs over ...
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an undervalued, wonderful and rarely seen gem.
22 June 2002 | by (manchester, england) – See all my reviews

i first saw this movie when it was released in london in '83 at one of only two cinemas which were screening it. this lavish and much overlooked $11,000.000 movie was with held by the film company that made it because they deemed it commercially unviable. it's a towering and beautifully shot tale based on the true story of harry oakes; a multi millionnaire gold prospector who was bruttally murdered in nassau in '43. the assurred direction, script and performances are all top notch. gene hackman gives a typically superb central performance and is ably supported by theresa russell as his daughter, rutger hauer as his difficult son in law along with joe pesci and mickey rourke as a pair of miami based mobsters. certain scenes are intensely violent and the undercurrent themes throughout may be too demanding for many which may explain why the film has alienated so many viewers over the years. the movie also boasts some wonderful locations (alaska, jamaica & pinewood!) and i personally rate it as one of my all time favourites.


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