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Greedy (1994)

PG-13 | | Comedy | 4 March 1994 (USA)
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Uncle Joe is ageing. He's also a millionaire. That's why his family is trying so very hard to get into his good books. They all want a piece of his empire. Unfortunately Uncle Joe isn't as ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael J. Fox ... Daniel
Kirk Douglas ... Uncle Joe
Nancy Travis ... Robin
Olivia d'Abo ... Molly Richardson
Phil Hartman ... Frank
Ed Begley Jr. ... Carl
Jere Burns ... Glen
Colleen Camp ... Patti
Bob Balaban ... Ed
Joyce Hyser ... Muriel
Mary Ellen Trainor ... Nora
Siobhan Fallon Hogan ... Tina (as Siobhan Fallon)
Kevin McCarthy ... Bartlett
Khandi Alexander ... Laura
Jonathan Lynn ... Douglas
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Storyline

Uncle Joe is ageing. He's also a millionaire. That's why his family is trying so very hard to get into his good books. They all want a piece of his empire. Unfortunately Uncle Joe isn't as stupid as his family thinks he is. He can see that his family is only nice to him because they want his money. Along comes Daniel McTeague, a struggling bowler, imported from another city by his family, to put an end to this ridiculous situation. The fight won't be easy, though, because the poor family has a little bit of competition - A beautiful nurse who takes care of Uncle Joe (and no doubt would love to take care of his bank account). Who gets all the money? Written by Michael Feller <reb@magna.com.au>

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Proof positive that money can buy a lot of laughs. See more »

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Comedy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 March 1994 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Les héritiers affamés See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,805,115, 4 March 1994, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$13,145,977
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Imagine Entertainment See more »
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DTS-Stereo | DTS

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Michael J. Fox was coached by professional bowler Johnny Petraglia to help his bowling style look convincing. See more »

Goofs

Almost at the end, when Danny is packing Uncle Joe's stuff in the hospital, he puts a bedpan in the bag and then takes it out. It's never explicitly shown (only heard off screen), but in the bedpan are a few of Uncle Joe's belongings, which Danny empties into the bag. Then he puts the now empty bedpan back on the table. He never meant to put the bedpan in the bag. He was merely to use it as a delivery device for the things that were in it. See more »

Quotes

Daniel Sr.: You hired an actor to pretend he was me.And then pretended to get in a fight with him.And told him you preferred Uncle Joe to me.
Daniel McTeague: Well when you put it like that it sounds kinda bad.
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Crazy Credits

The movie opens with a lengthy black and white sequence of Jimmy Durante performing "Inka Dinka Doo" from the 1944 film Two Girls and A Sailor, while the pink credits roll. See more »

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Referenced in Police Rescue: Wild Card (1995) See more »

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Money Slips Through My Fingers
Written by Mark Turnbull
Produced by Phil Marshall
Performed by Beth Wood
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I'll Be Glad When You're Dead You Rascal You
1 August 2007 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Greedy has taken some of the plot situations in the Paramount classic If I Had A Million and carried them to incredible heights. It has a whole string of good performances topped off by one of the last performances by Kirk Douglas before he had his stroke.

Kirk plays the Richard Bennett part here, the millionaire who doesn't like almost all of his relatives, but gets a certain sadistic joy in seeing them perform like trained seals, trying to stay in his good graces. The only honest one of them is one of Ed Begley Jr.'s young sons who is just like that kid in If I Had a Million who started playing that record of I'll Be Glad When You're Dead You Rascal You.

Unlike Bennett, Douglas does not decide to drop parts of his fortune on eight random strangers. He just keeps putting his family through their paces until they decide to dig up Michael J. Fox, a nephew he actually liked when he was a kid.

Fox is a second string professional bowler who's got a TV producer he's involved with, Nancy Travis. The two of them invade Douglas's three ring circus of relatives and get put through their paces also. All the family is against Douglas's 'nurse' Olivia D'Abo who the family is afraid will get the whole inheritance.

Greedy is a nicely paced amusing comedy which I think most of us can identify with. I know I've had a relative or two I can't stand either, but am forced to be nice to for a variety of reasons. The relatives are all greedy, but Douglas is one sadistic creep as well. I'd catch it the next time it's on the tube.


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