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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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Taglines:

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

Genres:

Drama | Thriller

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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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

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Publicity for this picture stated that the film's "Eureka" title is derived from the Greek language's word "Heureka" which translates as "I've got it!" or "I have found it!". Moreover, Archimedes is said to have shouted "Eureka" when he found that the displacement of water by a metal object like gold could determines its weight. See more »

Goofs

Jack McCann's discovery of the gold is several times said to take place in the winter of 1925. At this time, McCann has no family and is a complete loner. Yet, when the film moves forward to 1945, he has a married daughter who is said to be twenty years old in the early part of 1945. Her mother, McCann's wife, is an aristocratic Englishwoman who has married him for his money, and who therefore cannot have married him before 1926 at the earliest, which makes the daughter unlikely to be more than 18 in the 1945 scenes. Theresa Russell, who plays the daughter, was in her late twenties when the film opened. See more »

Quotes

Tracy: [testifying] I loved my father before I loved you.
Claude Maillot Van Horn: Was he more violent than me?
Tracy: Stop asking me about violence!
Claude Maillot Van Horn: Your father was savagely murdered, beaten, his head cut off. I'm on trial for my life. If I'm found guilty they'll hang me by the neck. This isn't a time or place to be shy about violence.
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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 Gone with the Wind (1939) See more »

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Good Adventure of 80's
9 May 2016 | by pzivojinovicSee all my reviews

Eureka is an undertaking where the director has a vision and, against all odds, follows it through.The downside was the woeful distribution of the film on completion, resulting in lack of audience participation due to a delayed release and scant showings (it played in just two London cinemas); just goes to show that certain distribution companies are flummoxed when they have a unique picture to promote. Eureka boasts a great across-the-boards cast, with Gene Hackman giving his customary all in a driven and committed performance, ably supported by Theresa Russell, Rutger Hauer, Joe Pesci and in a minor role, Mickey Rourke. Director Roeg's use of locations, his skill in cutting, the harnessing of atmosphere and the adroit use of music add up to an intriguing whole, loosely based on fact. It was made at the start of the 80's after an astonishing run of films by Roeg.

Actually, this is a very quirky film, immersed in other things; in this case it is the Kabbalah. (This is made clear when Rutger Hauer wears a shirt with the Tree of the Kabbalah drawn on the front to a formal dinner in the middle of the film.) I found this release of the film both impressive and a let-down. It is impressive because of its ambition as a film; it is a let-down because (the way it is edited) most sense of "suspense" is replaced by puzzlement; this is The Zohar meeting Hollywood and suffering from the meeting. In the end, I don't feel this movie has any grand message for the world, except perhaps the pointlessness of having so much wealth if you don't do anything with it.

Overall rating: 7 out of 10.


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