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Fool's Gold (2008)

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A new clue to the whereabouts of a lost treasure rekindles a married couple's sense of adventure -- and their estranged romance.



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Benjamin Finnegan is a deep-sea treasure hunter certain he's onto the find of the century in waters near an island close to Key West owned by a murderous rap star to whom Ben is in debt. Ben's flat broke and recently divorced from Tess, his long-time research and diving partner whom he still loves. She's nearby, working as a steward aboard the yacht of Nigel Honeycutt, a multimillionaire. The rapper has hired a rival treasurer hunter. Can Ben convince Nigel to bankroll his search, convince Tess to work with him, keep the rapper and his thugs at bay, and find a Spanish treasure hidden for centuries and rich beyond imagination? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


This February True Love Takes a Dive.

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for action violence, some sexual material, brief nudity and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

8 February 2008 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Amor y tesoro  »

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Box Office


$70,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$21,589,295 (USA) (8 February 2008)


$70,224,196 (USA) (23 May 2008)

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2.35 : 1
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Kate Hudson rented a house on robina waters Gold Coast qld during filming See more »


When Finn and Tess are talking in the park after their divorce, Tess' purse strap switches from one strap over her shoulder to two, and back again, several times. See more »


Tess Finnegan: It's not here.
Ben 'Finn' Finnegan: I refuse to believe that.
Tess Finnegan: Well, just because you refuse to believe something doesn't make it true. Or false. Or... whatever the hell I'm saying.
Ben 'Finn' Finnegan: Something wrong, Tess?
Tess Finnegan: Something wrong? Why would anything be wrong? We just had sex in a church - and we're not even married - and now we're gonna dig up a grave! I mean, what is that, like a triple sin? I'm surprised we haven't been struck by lightning.
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Referenced in Heartland: Fool's Gold (2012) See more »


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Written by Lee 'Scratch' Perry (as Lee 'Scratch' Perry) and Derrick Harriott
Performed by The Inspirations
Courtesy of Sanctuary Records Group
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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User Reviews

Entertaining, especially those accents!
15 June 2008 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Fools Gold is exactly how you would expect it to be. We have all heard the story before in SAHARA and dare I say it, Into the Blue, although this movie is obviously a comedy/adventure.

As for the story's strength and the actors performances, again, it's exactly what you would expect. McConaughey, Hudson and the other supporting characters deliver more than adequate performances and Donald Sutherland is as brilliant as he can be considering the overall quality of this movie.

Last but not least, pay attention to the accents, It seems like everybody has a fake (funny fake) accent. I'm not sure why they chose to fake the accents when everybody does a terrible job, but hey.. I guess it makes the movie even more entertaining.

Definitely watchable

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