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Marshall Houts (book)
Paul Mayersberg (screenplay)
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Release Date:
20 May 1983 (UK) See more »
Richer than Getty, stranger than Hughes, the bizarre tale of Jack McCann.
In 1925, Arctic prospector Jack McCann becomes a rich man when he strikes gold but 20 years later he faces major personal and family problems. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Gene Hackman ... Jack McCann

Theresa Russell ... Tracy

Rutger Hauer ... Claude Maillot Van Horn

Jane Lapotaire ... Helen McCann

Mickey Rourke ... Aurelio D'Amato

Ed Lauter ... Charles Perkins

Joe Pesci ... Mayakofsky

Helena Kallianiotes ... Frieda
Cavan Kendall ... Pierre de Valois

Corin Redgrave ... Worsley

Joe Spinell ... Pete

Frank Pesce ... Stefano
Michael Scott Addis ... Joe
Norman Beaton ... Byron Judson
Emrys James ... Judge

James Faulkner ... Roger
Ann Thornton ... Jane
Emma Relph ... Mary
John Vine ... Julian

Tim Van Rellim ... Police Chief
Ellis Dale ... Jury Foreman
Mico Blanco Group ... Tonnelle Dancers
Aklowa Master Drummers ... Accompanied by
Lloyd Berry ... Olaf
Tom Heaton ... Man Blowing off Head
Timothy Scott ... Webb
Geri Dewson ... Whore
Annie Kidder ... Rita

Ian Tracey ... Joey
Brad Sakiyama ... Phil
Sandra Friesen ... Mother
Raimund Stamm ... Patron
Suzette Collins ... Esther
Tommy Lane ... Miami Chauffeur

Directed by
Nicolas Roeg 
Writing credits
Marshall Houts (book "Who Killed Sir Harry Oakes?")

Paul Mayersberg (screenplay)

Robert W. Service (verse from "Spell of the Yukon" by)

Produced by
Jeremy Thomas .... producer
Tim Van Rellim .... associate producer
Original Music by
Stanley Myers (music composed by)
Cinematography by
Alex Thomson (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Tony Lawson 
Production Design by
Michael Seymour 
Art Direction by
John Beard 
Leslie Dilley (supervising art director) (as Les Dilley)
Costume Design by
Marit Allen 
Makeup Department
Christine Beveridge .... makeup artist
Susan Boyd .... hairdresser
Jamie Brown .... special effects makeup
Martin Samuel .... hairdresser
Production Management
Bob Gray .... unit production manager
Ted Lloyd .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Terry Madden .... second assistant director (as Terence Madden)
Anthony Waye .... first assistant director
David W. Rose .... second assistant director: additional photography (uncredited)
Art Department
Jack Carter .... construction manager
Peter Childs .... assistant art director
Peter Childs .... chief draughtsman
Derek Creedon .... stand-by prop
Bob Hedges .... property master
John Lanzer .... property buyer
Michael Seirton .... set dresser
James H. Chow .... property master (uncredited)
Sound Department
Alan Bell .... dubbing editor
Tony Bell .... boom operator (as Anthony Bell)
Gerry Humphreys .... dubbing mixer
Paul Le Mare .... sound mixer
Robin O'Donoghue .... assistant dubbing mixer
Special Effects by
Peter Hutchinson .... special effects supervisor
J.B. Jones .... special effects supervisor
James L. Roberts .... special effects (uncredited)
Del Baker .... stunt double
Artie Malesci .... stunt double (as Art Malesci)
John Scott .... stunt double
Camera and Electrical Department
Jack Conroy .... gaffer electrician
John Golding .... camera operator
Kenneth Atherfold .... grip (uncredited)
Tom Fillingham .... b camera focus puller (uncredited)
Chris Helcermanas-Benge .... still photographer (uncredited)
David James .... still photographer (uncredited)
Russell j Lyster .... lighting technician (uncredited)
Peter Versey .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Jimmy Worley .... electrician (uncredited)
Animation Department
Kevin Kutchaver .... animator (uncredited)
Casting Department
Trish Robinson .... casting: Canada
Mary Selway .... casting: U.K.
Margery Simkin .... casting: U.S.A.
Dee Miller .... location casting (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Nic Ede .... wardrobe supervisor (as Nicolas Ede)
Catherine Halloran .... wardrobe mistress
Editorial Department
David Spiers .... first assistant film editor
Michael Robison .... assistant editor (uncredited)
Location Management
Matthew Binns .... location manager
David Cherrill .... location manager (uncredited)
John Wardlow .... location manager: Canada (uncredited)
Music Department
Stanley Myers .... music conductor
François Rabbath .... composer: double bass solos (as Francois Rabbath)
François Rabbath .... performer: double bass solos (as Francois Rabbath)
John Richards .... recording engineer
Hans Zimmer .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
Other crew
Sevilla Delofski .... assistant to producer
Kay Fenton .... continuity
Susan Kane .... production assistant
Dennis Lasker .... assistant to executive producer
Alex Richards .... production accountant
Julia Robinson .... production assistant
Christine Wilson .... continuity
Mike Russell .... unit publicist (uncredited)
Paul Tucker .... production accountant (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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130 min
Aspect Ratio:
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When Jack finds the gold, the music is from the beginning of Wagner's Der Rheingold.See more »
Crew or equipment visible: 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 »
Tracy:What did you do for girls up here.
Jack McCann:I guess we did without. Unlike some people I know.
Tracy:Suppose I'd been here. Would you have given me a second glance?
Jack McCann:No. My darling Tracy, I never would have taken my eyes off you.
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References Gone with the Wind (1939)See more »


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18 out of 25 people found the following review useful.
Eureka is about desires!, 5 July 2002
Author: poohpooh

Eureka is the kind of film you think you'll hate unless you give it a fair shake. It is a interplay between many characters, much like a soap opera. It works only if you take a general interest in the trivialities of each character. Jack McCann (Hackman) is the center of the film. His life is all about the gold he felt he earned, and the principle that he will never have any partners to share a percentage with. His life is ravaged by Mayakofsky (Pesci) and his henchmen. Charles Perkins, a friend of Jack's spent much of the movie trying to warn him that these men were dangerous. Jack's dilemma wasn't that he was waiting for his death, but the fact that he thought he was invincible. Being stubborn and set in his ways, Jack refused to give in to Mayakofsky. Jack was a man preoccupied with gold, but not loveless. He seemed to love all the women in his life. Also his daughter, Spacey Tracy. A loose young woman married to Claude (Hauer). Tracy had her head in the clouds, and wanted to live in a fantasy world. She did not provoke the fights between her father and Claude, but instigated them. She wanted Claude to fight as a proof of his love. Claude was most elusive. You never get his angle. If he loved Tracy or was just using her. She even used the witness stand as a way of finding out where Claude stood with her instead of pinning for the guilty ones involved in the tragic end of her father. (Claude did his own defense in court!) The movie has it's funny points. Like the dinner table scene at the McCann's where Jack makes some insulting remarks to the guests. Some of the best scenes involve Aurelio D'Amato, played by Mickey Rourke. He's cast in another glossed over film where he is perfect, but forgotten. D'Amato is a yiddish associate of Mayakofsky. And one of the main guys pestering Jack to sign the Luna Bay deal.(Mayakofsky wanted to build a casino on it.) There are scenes where D'Amato is begging Jack to sign. His baby face and soft voice should have gotten the devil to sign the document, but Jack wasn't so easy. Rourke's performance alone is reason enough to see this movie. And its not surprising he has a night with Tracy. Tracy loved Claude, but how could she resist D'Amato? Eureka is more of a film about the desires of man. Each character wants something, and they spend the entire film in pursuit of those things.

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