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>
Did You Know?
Lead actor Gene Hackman
once said of this film: "It's not an adventure story, although it has all the elements; it's not a straight mystery, although it has a lot of mystery involved in it; it's not a drama of a family, and yet it has that too. It also has a variety of locations - everything it takes to make a really interesting movie". See more
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
I'm dying, Paris.
Wait, what happens now?
A mystery. The end of the beginning.
Referenced in Watching the Alien