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Kenny Wells, a prospector desperate for a lucky break, teams up with a similarly eager geologist and sets off on a journey to find gold in the uncharted jungle of Indonesia.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Acosta (as Édgar Ramírez)
Paul Jennings
Hollis Drescher
Lloyd Stanton
Jeff Jackson
Connie Wright
Scottie Nevins
Glen Binkert
Bobby Owens
Rachel Hill


With the sudden death of his father, fourth-generation prospector Kenny Wells sees the family business, Washoe Mining, rapidly decline and him out of business. But ambitious Kenny has a dream, a vivid vision that promises mountains of brilliant and pure gold in the lush jungles of remote Indonesia; an aspiration which the well-known, yet still unlucky geologist Michael Acosta shares. Before long, down-on-his-luck Kenny will convince the eager geologist to become his partner and set off on an adventure deep into uncharted territory, while in the meantime, he would hunt for investors. Unfortunately though, as the risky expedition begins without a single speck of gold or the promise of it on the horizon, disease and failure will begin to threaten the short-lived dream. However, is it indeed an intriguingly bold and reckless fantasy? Written by Nick Riganas

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language throughout and some sexuality/nudity | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

27 January 2017 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Zlato  »

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Box Office


$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,471,316, 27 January 2017, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$7,222,964, 3 March 2017

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$7,227,038, 21 April 2017
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2.35 : 1
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Second Matthew McConaughey film containing the word Gold in the title, the first being Fool's Gold (2008) See more »


The diamond core drilling is being carried out in obviously limestone country which is usually not conducive to gold. Yet when the core is removed from the core barrel it appears to be a granite or diorite of igneous appearance. See more »


Kenny Wells: The guy who invented the hamburger was smart. But the guy who invented the cheeseburger... Genius.
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Featured in Film '72: Episode #46.3 (2017) See more »


Written by Danger Mouse (as Brian Burton), Stephen Gaghan, Daniel Pemberton, Iggy Pop (as James Osterberg)
Performed by Iggy Pop
Audio Engineer, Rafael Kussy Pereira at Elite Music Studios Miami FL.
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24 April 2017 | by See all my reviews

I don't have much to say about the movie as I think a 10 probably says it all. Firstly I'll just say this about Matthew McConaughey...He is an amazing actor..full stop. I would even go further to say, probably one of the best actors of this generation. If this movie was put forward in this year's Oscar's, portraying Gold prospector Kenny Wells, I have no doubt Matthew would have won best actor, hands down! The movie itself was fantastically shot with amazing props and costumes representing the 80's era perfectly. Something else that caught my ears was the amazing soundtrack. Not the normal songs you would hear from an 80's era movie, by a very alternative soundtrack. Artists like Iggy Pop, Joy Division and The Pixies, just to name a few. The movie itself..watching it I had this feeling of gunning for the underdog in the big world of stocks and commodities, however the film never really delved deep into the impact of what these companies have on the smaller communities, which is obviously a deliberate path...definitely worth a watch and if you had any doubt of McConaugheys acting...just watch this.

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