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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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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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Director Nicolas Roeg has said of this film: "I was initially interested in a character who wanted to satisfy an all-consuming desire...'that's what I want'...but when he gets it what happens after his brief ecstatic moment? Nothing more than left over life to kill". 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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Tracy: I'm talking about what happened to Jack McCann. On that day, in the winder of 1925, when he first found the gold. He'd been looking for 15 years. Day after day, week after week, year after year. And then one day he found it. How could he ever recapture that moment of triumph? He couldn't share the gold. That was his and his alone. How he realized that his joy at having done what he set out to do, all alone, was gone! Poor Jack. He was like a man struck by lightening. One moment of rapture, ...
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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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