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Where the Money Is (2000)

PG-13 | | Drama, Comedy, Crime | 14 April 2000 (USA)
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Carol Ann MacKay is a fine, popular nurse at a retirement home, and spends her free time with her hunky athletic husband Wayne MacKay, who was the star of her school's football team when ... See full summary »

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Marek Kanievska

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E. Max Frye (story), E. Max Frye (screenplay) | 2 more credits »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Paul Newman ... Henry
Linda Fiorentino ... Carol
Dermot Mulroney ... Wayne
Susan Barnes Susan Barnes ... Mrs. Foster
Anne Pitoniak Anne Pitoniak ... Mrs. Tetlow
Bruce MacVittie ... Karl
Irma St. Paule Irma St. Paule ... Mrs. Galer (as Irma St. Paul)
Michel Perron Michel Perron ... Guard
Dorothy Gordon ... Mrs. Norton
Rita Tuckett Rita Tuckett ... Mrs. Weiler (as Rita Tucket)
Diane Amos Diane Amos ... Kitty
Dawn Ford ... Cheryl - Wife #2
T.J. Kenneally T.J. Kenneally ... Farwell Welk
Rod McLachlan ... Lloyd the Cop (as Roderick McLachlan)
Bill Corday Bill Corday ... Grounds Worker
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Storyline

Carol Ann MacKay is a fine, popular nurse at a retirement home, and spends her free time with her hunky athletic husband Wayne MacKay, who was the star of her school's football team when she was high school prom queen; he still would do anything for her, including cleaning up the messes her ideas get them in. When legendary bank robber Henry Manning, who had a major stroke in prison, is placed in the home, supposedly having lost all control over his body, she notices he must be in far better condition then he lets appear, and tries everything to find out- when she pushes his wheelchair in a canal at a picnic, Henry gives up. The McKays keep his secret and Henry doesn't actually run in Waynes car as his first impulse was; soon Carol gets his confidence and the two start planning how they three can commit another robbery on an armored money transport, which brings them together. It doesn't go quite according to plan, but they get the loot; however, before the money can be split some big... Written by KGF Vissers

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They make their money the old-fashioned way. They steal it. See more »

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Drama | Comedy | Crime

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some sexual content | See all certifications »
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Germany | USA | UK | Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 April 2000 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ein heißer Coup See more »

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Canada See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$28,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,513,530, 16 April 2000, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$5,658,940, 21 May 2000
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Dolby Digital

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Color (Eastmancolor)

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The film was originally set to be a vehicle for Sean Connery, but he ended up dropping out to focus on Entrapment (1999) (which, ironically, had a similar plot of an older thief and a younger female partner planning a heist.) See more »

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Police forces surrounding the house: Put your hands above your heads!
Henry Manning: You haven't lived until you heard someone say that to you.
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Newman shines
21 December 2000 | by FlickJunkie-2See all my reviews

Paul Newman shines in this implausible, but highly watchable caper flick about three unlikely armored car robbers. It is hard to believe that Newman is 75. He is fitter and more energetic than most men who are fifteen years his junior. He single-handedly elevates this film from mediocrity.

The story is nothing unique. Henry (Newman) is a bank robber who is delivered to a nursing home after a debilitating stroke. His nurse (Linda Fiorentino) suspects he is not the vegetable he appears to be. After she gets him to admit his ruse, she exhorts him to knock off an armored truck with her.

Director Marek Kanievska and writer Max Frye leave numerous gaps in the story. We never discover what tips off Carol that Henry is faking. They didn't do enough character development of Carol and Wayne (Dermot Mulroney) to make it believable that they would want to become criminals, no less hatch the scheme. The idea that Carol was pretending to be the dispatcher for the armored car company from a cell phone in the truck is a flimsy concoction. Even with digital technology, most cell phones in moving vehicles sound like cell phones, and you can hear road noises and the engine running.

Still, despite a lackluster script, the film is enjoyable because of Paul Newman. Newman gives a fantastic rendition of a stroke victim, and his hardened and cantankerous portrayal was marvelous. Linda Fiorentino plays the scheming sex-kitten nurse in one of her better performances. The screen chemistry between Fiorentino and Newman is excellent with undercurrents of sexual desire constantly flaring up between them. Dermot Mulroney is relegated to a role that was essentially a fifth wheel and is adequate as Carol's loser of a husband.

I rated this film a 7/10. It is good entertainment and an opportunity to see a master at work. Newman hasn't lost a beat in a movie career that spans almost a half a century. It is worth seeing for him alone.


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