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Love & Money (1981)

A billionaire businessman hires a man to influence a South American dictator. He winds up having an affair with the billionaire's wife.

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James Toback

Writer:

James Toback
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ray Sharkey ... Byron Levin
Ornella Muti ... Catherine Stockheinz
Klaus Kinski ... Frederic Stockheinz
Armand Assante ... Lorenzo Prado
King Vidor ... Walter Klein
Susan Heldfond Susan Heldfond ... Vicky
William Prince ... Paultz
Tony Sirico ... Raoul (as Anthony Sirico)
Jacqueline Brookes Jacqueline Brookes ... Mrs. Paultz
Daniel Faraldo ... Hector
Rodolfo Hoyos Jr. ... Gen. Sanzer (as Rodolfo Hoyos)
Terry Jastrow ... Clem Dixon
Tom McFadden Tom McFadden ... Blair
Cynthia Allison Cynthia Allison ... Newscaster
Sonny Gibson Sonny Gibson ... Bodyguard
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A billionaire businessman hires a man to influence a South American dictator. He winds up having an affair with the billionaire's wife.

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Drama | Romance

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
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Country:

West Germany | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 February 1982 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Amor & Dinheiro See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)
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Trivia

Italian censorship visa # 76946 delivered on 13-8-1981. See more »

Alternate Versions

Sex scenes between Byron and Catherine were trimmed to avoid an "X" rating. See more »

Soundtracks

Vas a volar
Sung by Clay Carillo
By arrangement with Peer Southern Productions
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Quite mediocre...
20 October 2001 | by micke83fiSee all my reviews

but very entertaining. Byron Levin (Ray Sharkey) is a middle-class man who is working in a bank somewhere in Los Angeles. He is living together with his grandfather and a girl, who's just a friend according to Byron. Frederic Stockheinz (Klaus Kinski) is a businessman and owner of a multinational company, obviously a symbol of the bad capitalistic world. Mr. Stockheinz asks Byron to travel to Central America and talk to the president of Costa Salva (Costa Salva?), because he is afraid that Costa Salva is heading politically too far left, something that could cause a problem to his mining in the region. But wait, this is not all. Byron is also banging Mr. Stockheinzs' wife, a young and absolutely gorgeous woman (something that can be bought with money).

Mr. Stockheinz: "It's not 1949, nationalization belongs to history. In the future multinational companies will own the world."

Well... Probably true. But this movie isn't actually left-wing criticism against the rules (money) and idealists aren't always what they look like in the beginning. But I'm not convinced that all movies have a message and I'm not going to search for one here. When you try really hard, you'll probably find something deeper in it, maybe even something that never crossed the mind of the ones who made the film. I guess that is quite common in film-criticism.

To me the film is simply a black comedy, maybe a sign of perverted humour? Kinski is a lift to the film, and I admit that he was the reason why I went to see this film. I believe that "Love and Money" is something for Kinski-fans, not for any objective viewer.


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