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Eureka (1983)

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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

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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

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R | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

MGM

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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
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Mono

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Color

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The character of Mayakofsky, played by Joe Pesci, is a thinly disguised name for real life mob boss Meyer Lansky. According to Wikipedia, source novelist Marshall Houts "proposed the theory that American gangster boss Meyer Lansky was behind the killing of [Harry] Oakes [the real life person Gene Hackman's Jack McCann is based on], due to Oakes's resistance to casino gambling in the Bahamas". 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

Jack McCann: Once I had it all. Now I just have everything.
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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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References Citizen Kane (1941) See more »

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Eureka is about desires!
5 July 2002 | by poohpoohSee all my reviews

Eureka is the kind of film you think you'll hate unless you give it a fair shake. It is a interplay between many characters, much like a soap opera. It works only if you take a general interest in the trivialities of each character. Jack McCann (Hackman) is the center of the film. His life is all about the gold he felt he earned, and the principle that he will never have any partners to share a percentage with. His life is ravaged by Mayakofsky (Pesci) and his henchmen. Charles Perkins, a friend of Jack's spent much of the movie trying to warn him that these men were dangerous. Jack's dilemma wasn't that he was waiting for his death, but the fact that he thought he was invincible. Being stubborn and set in his ways, Jack refused to give in to Mayakofsky. Jack was a man preoccupied with gold, but not loveless. He seemed to love all the women in his life. Also his daughter, Spacey Tracy. A loose young woman married to Claude (Hauer). Tracy had her head in the clouds, and wanted to live in a fantasy world. She did not provoke the fights between her father and Claude, but instigated them. She wanted Claude to fight as a proof of his love. Claude was most elusive. You never get his angle. If he loved Tracy or was just using her. She even used the witness stand as a way of finding out where Claude stood with her instead of pinning for the guilty ones involved in the tragic end of her father. (Claude did his own defense in court!) The movie has it's funny points. Like the dinner table scene at the McCann's where Jack makes some insulting remarks to the guests. Some of the best scenes involve Aurelio D'Amato, played by Mickey Rourke. He's cast in another glossed over film where he is perfect, but forgotten. D'Amato is a yiddish associate of Mayakofsky. And one of the main guys pestering Jack to sign the Luna Bay deal.(Mayakofsky wanted to build a casino on it.) There are scenes where D'Amato is begging Jack to sign. His baby face and soft voice should have gotten the devil to sign the document, but Jack wasn't so easy. Rourke's performance alone is reason enough to see this movie. And its not surprising he has a night with Tracy. Tracy loved Claude, but how could she resist D'Amato? Eureka is more of a film about the desires of man. Each character wants something, and they spend the entire film in pursuit of those things.


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