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Release Date:
May 1983 (UK) See more »
Arctic prospector Jack McCann, after fifteen years of solitary searching, becomes one of the world's... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Unbearable nonsense masquerading as "art". See more (19 total) »


  (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)
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
Matthew Binns .... location manager
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
David Cherrill .... location manager (uncredited)
Mike Russell .... unit publicist (uncredited)
John Wardlow .... location manager: Canada (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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130 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:

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 »
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 »
Claude Maillot Van Horn:[looking into mirror] I knew it would be you.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Watching the Alien (2003) (V)See more »


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20 out of 52 people found the following review useful.
Unbearable nonsense masquerading as "art"., 25 February 2004
Author: Jonathon Dabell ( from Todmorden, England

Quite a cast isn't it? Gene Hackman, Rutger Hauer, Jane Lapotaire, Theresa Russell, Mickey Rorke, Ed Lauter and Joe Pecsi, all in one film. Directed by Nicholas Roeg, who masterminded the classic Walkabout and Don't Look Now. Based on a riveting true story about a mega-rich gold prospector, Harry Oakes, who was murdered in his plush Bahamian mansion. With credentials as mouth-watering as they are, Eureka is the closest thing you'd ever get to a surefire masterpiece. Yet somehow, the handling is so over stylized and so pre-occupied by meaningless artiness that the film emerges as a complete and utter failure. A mishap of a movie to rank alongside other "movies-that-couldn't-fail-but-did", like The Adventurers (1970) and Inchon (1981).

After years of gold hunting in the frozen Arctic wilderness, Jack McCann (Hackman) hits upon a massive gold claim in 1925. Immense wealth is thrust upon him. The story moves on twenty years, and McCann now owns a sun-drenched Bahamian island and has every luxury-in-life at his fingertips. However, wealth brings him little happiness. His wife Helen (Jane Lapotaire) has become an alcoholic; his daughter Tracy (Theresa Russell) has grown distant from him since marrying an ambitious playboy (Rutger Hauer); and he is being leaned on rather heavily by murderous Florida mobsters who want to build a casino on his island.

Featuring the most extreme and unwatchable murder scene from any film ever made, and a host of surreal sequences, Eureka is an ultimate example of The Emperor's New Clothes-Syndrome. You are asked to watch a long film about nothing, and tricked into believing that it is some kind of deep and meaningful masterpiece. Unfortunately, it is no such thing. Rather, it is a confused, cruel, over-sexed, violent and grossly self-indulgent bomb. The stunning cinematography merely adds to the sense of regret that such promising-sounding material has turned out so utterly, utterly awful.

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