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Eureka (1983)

R | | Drama, Thriller | 20 May 1983 (UK)
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In 1925, Arctic prospector Jack McCann becomes a rich man when he strikes gold but 20 years later he faces major personal and family problems.

Director:

Nicolas Roeg

Writers:

Marshall Houts (book), Paul Mayersberg (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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 Cavan Kendall ... Pierre de Valois
Corin Redgrave ... Worsley
Joe Spinell ... Pete
Frank Pesce ... Stefano
Michael Scott Addis Michael Scott Addis ... Joe
Norman Beaton Norman Beaton ... Byron Judson
Emrys James Emrys James ... Judge
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Storyline

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. Written by Jerry Caplin <JCaplin001@aol.com>

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Richer than Getty, stranger than Hughes, the bizarre tale of Jack McCann.

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Drama | Thriller

Certificate:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

20 May 1983 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Blestemul aurului See more »

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Gross USA:

$123,572

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$123,572
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Mono

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Color

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1.85 : 1
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Director Nicolas Roeg has said of this film: "I was initially interested in a character who wanted to satisfy an all-consuming desire...'that's what I want'...but when he gets it what happens after his brief ecstatic moment? Nothing more than left over life to kill". See more »

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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 »

Quotes

Tracy: You know, yesterday, last night, was the most extraordinary day of my life. There will never be another day or night like it. Ever. I've never been so happy. So miserable.
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Alternate Versions

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 »

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Odd misfire, but with beautiful cinematography
9 December 2017 | by AlsExGalSee all my reviews

Weird, sloppy, self-indulgent, meta-physical, sometimes boring, sometimes hallucinatory: all these things describe this misfire from director Nicolas Roeg. Gene Hackman stars as a gold prospector in Alaska during the final days of the gold rush. Most of the people have given up and gone home at this point, but Hackman refuses. After a strange encounter with a meteor (I think) he receives some kind of lucky rock (I think) that gives him the extra push to find his gold strike. And does he ever. Cut to decades later, and he's fabulously wealthy, with a giant estate named Eureka. His grown daughter (Theresa Russell) has married a European playboy (Rutger Hauer) that dad doesn't approve of. There's also a shady consortium of some sort, headed by Jewish tough guy Joe Pesci (!) and represented by Italian lawyer Mickey Rourke (!), that needs Hackman's financial backing for some new endeavor.

The cinematography is beautiful, as it usually is in Roeg's films, but the plot is a mess of ham-handed symbolism and uninspired dramatics. The terrific cast, which also includes Ed Lauter, Joe Spinell and Corin Redgrave, is good, with Hackman the stand-out, as usual. Rourke looks scared and uncomfortable, which fits with his character, but he comes across more like he's fully aware of how wrong he is in the role. Russell and Hauer are both beautiful, and they both spend much of the film in various states of undress. There's also one of the most brutal, protracted murder scenes I've seen in a film in a long time. It's starts off shocking, but becomes rather ludicrous the longer it's dragged out. I can't really recommend this film to anyone except Hackman fans or fans of bizarre obscurities.


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