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?
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
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
Once I had it all. Now I just have everything.
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
References Citizen Kane