A corporate raider buys up shares in an undervalued company and falls in love with the founder's son's lawyer/step daughter. Let the battle begin.

Director:

Norman Jewison

Writers:

Jerry Sterner (play), Alvin Sargent (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Danny DeVito ... Lawrence Garfield
Gregory Peck ... Andrew Jorgenson
Penelope Ann Miller ... Kate Sullivan
Piper Laurie ... Bea Sullivan
Dean Jones ... Bill Coles
R.D. Call R.D. Call ... Arthur
Mo Gaffney ... Harriet
Bette Henritze Bette Henritze ... Emma
Tom Aldredge ... Ozzie
Leila Kenzle ... Marcia
Cullen O. Johnson Cullen O. Johnson ... Gus
William De Acutis William De Acutis ... Pfeiffer
David Wells ... Granger
Stephanie White Stephanie White ... Angeli
Jeff Hayenga Jeff Hayenga ... Klein (as Jeffrey Hayenga)
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Storyline

A corporate raider threatens a hostile take-over of a "mom and pop" company. The patriarch of the company enlists the help of his wife's daughter, who is a lawyer, to try and protect the company. The raider is enamoured of her, and enjoys the thrust and parry of legal manoeuvring as he tries to win her heart. Written by Ed Sutton <esutton@mindspring.com>

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Conozca a "Larry el Liquidador". Arrogante. Codicioso. Egocéntrico. Despiadado. Aún así se da a querer. (Mexico) See more »

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and sex-related dialogue | See all certifications »

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Trivia

The factory shown in the shots from across the river WAS the Gilbert & Bennett Mfg. Co. located in Georgetown, Connecticut (part of Wilton/Redding CT), and was vacant for years after operating as a brass and wire plant for over 100 years and a local landmark. The building was demolished in 2003 for commercial and residential development. See more »

Goofs

When the envelope of the results is first seen, it is being handed over to the woman as a pink envelope. When she is reading the results, the envelope is yellow. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Lawrence Garfield: I love money. I love money more than I love the things it can buy. Does that surprise you? Money. It don't care whether I'm good or not. It don't care whether I snore or not. It don't care which god I pray to. There are only three things in this world with that kind of unconditional acceptance. Dogs... doughnuts... and money. Only money is better. You know why? Because it don't make you fat and it don't poop all over the living-room floor. There's only one thing I like better: ...
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Referenced in Mike & Mike: Episode dated 4 July 2014 (2014) See more »

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Solitude
Written by Edgar De Lange, Irving Mills and Duke Ellington
Performed by Stéphane Grappelli
Courtesy of Polydor Gmbh
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DeVito can't miss
15 November 2000 | by Ron-181See all my reviews

Another Danny DeVito triumph. He always gives a strong performance. An excellent cast including Penelope Miller, Gregory Peck and Dean Jones. This film welcomes you to the real world of business take overs and DeVito pulls it off convincingly. Clever dialogue and good pace make for an entertaining film. I rated this an 8.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Japanese

Release Date:

18 October 1991 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Riqueza ajena See more »

Filming Locations:

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,012,332, 20 October 1991

Gross USA:

$25,682,090

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$25,682,090
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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