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?
Photoplay (UK) magazine reported that the picture was the sixth feature film directed by Nicolas Roeg
. It was only Roeg's fifth though as a solo director as Performance
(1970) had been co-directed. 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
There's gold, and it's haunting and haunting. It's luring me on as of old. And it isn't the gold that I'm wanting, so much as just finding the gold. It's a great big broad land way up yonder, it's the forest where silence has lease. It's the beauty that thrills me with wonder. It's the stillness that fills me with peace.
Referenced in Watching the Alien