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Eureka (1983)

R | | Drama, Thriller | 20 May 1983 (UK)
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

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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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1.85 : 1
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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: What did you do for girls up here.
Jack McCann: I guess we did without. Unlike some people I know.
Tracy: Suppose I'd been here. Would you have given me a second glance?
Jack McCann: No. My darling Tracy, I never would have taken my eyes off you.
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References The Gold Rush (1925) See more »

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Unbearable nonsense masquerading as "art".
25 February 2004 | by Jonathon DabellSee all my reviews

Quite a cast isn't it? Gene Hackman, Rutger Hauer, Jane Lapotaire, Theresa Russell, Mickey Rorke, Ed Lauter and Joe Pecsi, all in one film. Directed by Nicholas Roeg, who masterminded the classic Walkabout and Don't Look Now. Based on a riveting true story about a mega-rich gold prospector, Harry Oakes, who was murdered in his plush Bahamian mansion. With credentials as mouth-watering as they are, Eureka is the closest thing you'd ever get to a surefire masterpiece. Yet somehow, the handling is so over stylized and so pre-occupied by meaningless artiness that the film emerges as a complete and utter failure. A mishap of a movie to rank alongside other "movies-that-couldn't-fail-but-did", like The Adventurers (1970) and Inchon (1981).

After years of gold hunting in the frozen Arctic wilderness, Jack McCann (Hackman) hits upon a massive gold claim in 1925. Immense wealth is thrust upon him. The story moves on twenty years, and McCann now owns a sun-drenched Bahamian island and has every luxury-in-life at his fingertips. However, wealth brings him little happiness. His wife Helen (Jane Lapotaire) has become an alcoholic; his daughter Tracy (Theresa Russell) has grown distant from him since marrying an ambitious playboy (Rutger Hauer); and he is being leaned on rather heavily by murderous Florida mobsters who want to build a casino on his island.

Featuring the most extreme and unwatchable murder scene from any film ever made, and a host of surreal sequences, Eureka is an ultimate example of The Emperor's New Clothes-Syndrome. You are asked to watch a long film about nothing, and tricked into believing that it is some kind of deep and meaningful masterpiece. Unfortunately, it is no such thing. Rather, it is a confused, cruel, over-sexed, violent and grossly self-indulgent bomb. The stunning cinematography merely adds to the sense of regret that such promising-sounding material has turned out so utterly, utterly awful.


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