Arctic prospector Jack McCann, after fifteen years of solitary searching, becomes one of the world's wealthiest men when he literally falls into a mountain of gold in 1925. Years later, in 1945, he lives in luxury on a Caribbean island that he owns. But his wealth brings him no peace of mind as he copes with Helen, his bored, alcoholic wife; Tracy, his dear, but headstrong, daughter who has married a dissolute, philandering social-climber; and Miami mobsters who want his island to build a casino. His life is entangled with the obsessions of those around him with greed, power, and debauchery against a background of occult symbolism.
Jerry Caplin <JCaplin001@aol.com>
Richer than Getty, stranger than Hughes, the bizarre tale of Jack McCann.
Did You Know?
Although the film has strong references to Citizen Kane
(1941), there were no connections in Nicolas Roeg
and Paul Mayersberg
's minds between the semi-invented character of Jack McCann and the real-life William Randolph Hearst
, the connection was instead to Orson Welles
, who struck gold with Citizen Kane and then paid for the rest of his life with despair. The story that interested Roeg and Maysersberg was what it does to someone to get what they want and then find that their life is over afterwards because there's nothing left to get. See more
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
There's gold, and it's haunting and haunting. It's luring me on as of old. And it isn't the gold that I'm wanting, so much as just finding the gold. It's a great big broad land way up yonder, it's the forest where silence has lease. It's the beauty that thrills me with wonder. It's the stillness that fills me with peace.
Although the UK cinema version was intact the 1986 Warner video release was missing 7 seconds from the death of Jack McCann, notably shots of a flame thrower being run over his body and face. These were not cut by the BBFC so presumably they were distributor edits. DVD releases are fully uncut. See more
Referenced in Watching the Alien