Kenny Wells, a prospector desperate for a lucky break, teams up with a similarly eager geologist and sets off on a journey to find gold in the uncharted jungle of Indonesia.


Stephen Gaghan
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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 1 win & 4 nominations. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Matthew McConaughey ... Kenny Wells
Edgar Ramírez ... Michael Acosta (as Édgar Ramírez)
Bryce Dallas Howard ... Kay
Corey Stoll ... Brian Woolf
Toby Kebbell ... Paul Jennings
Bill Camp ... Hollis Drescher
Joshua Harto ... Lloyd Stanton
Timothy Simons ... Jeff Jackson
Craig T. Nelson ... Kenny Wells Sr.
Macon Blair ... Connie Wright
Adam LeFevre ... Bobby Burns
Frank Wood ... Scottie Nevins
Michael Landes ... Glen Binkert
Bhavesh Patel ... Bobby Owens
Rachael Taylor ... Rachel Hill


With the sudden death of his father, fourth-generation prospector Kenny Wells sees the family business, Washoe Mining, rapidly decline and him out of business. But ambitious Kenny has a dream, a vivid vision that promises mountains of brilliant and pure gold in the lush jungles of remote Indonesia; an aspiration which the well-known, yet still unlucky geologist Michael Acosta shares. Before long, down-on-his-luck Kenny will convince the eager geologist to become his partner and set off on an adventure deep into uncharted territory, while in the meantime, he would hunt for investors. Unfortunately though, as the risky expedition begins without a single speck of gold or the promise of it on the horizon, disease and failure will begin to threaten the short-lived dream. However, is it indeed an intriguingly bold and reckless fantasy? Written by Nick Riganas

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Based on a too good to be true story. See more »


Crime | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language throughout and some sexuality/nudity | See all certifications »

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Did You Know?


Matthew McConaughey shaved his head, gained 45 lbs and wore false teeth to make the character less attractive looking. He said he gained the weight eating cheeseburgers and drinking beer and milk shakes. See more »


When Kenny is at the outside cocktail party and gets another drink and puts a cigarette in his mouth, it's unlit. When he turns to greet Rachel Hill, the cigarette is now lit and in the next scene it's again unlit and Kenny lights it up. See more »


Kenny Wells: God, we work hard in this business. Sometimes for nothing. I wake up every morning. I tell myself, "I don't have to do this. I get to do this." And then it's just blue skies. Blue skies, baby.
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Editing issues?
11 February 2017 | by Top_Dawg_CriticSee all my reviews

I am shocked at the low IMDb score for this movie as I enjoyed every aspect of it... the acting, directing, cinematography etc 'except' for the editing (sound and cutting room).

The problem started with the very choppy scene changes and the cut- short dialogue. There were too many back and forth timeline changes and they were very poorly transitioned.

What I really question is how the synopsis has much more information than what was in the film. Did that viewer see a different extended version of the movie I just watched? Don't get me wrong, it really filled in a lot of gaps that otherwise wouldn't have been filled in for me to truly understand certain parts and fully enjoy the movie. Every 30 min or so I'd go catch up on the synopsis before continuing the movie and it really did help.

I also had a very difficult time understanding the dialogue as it was either too low or too muffled (or Matthew was whispering too low).

So although I really did enjoy this movie, I felt a lot of key parts ended up on the cutting room floor that thankfully the synopsis filled in, and the sound (dialogue) needed some tweaking to be more understandable.

7.5/10 rounded up to 8 for the current undeserving low score.

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English | Indonesian

Release Date:

27 January 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Gold See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA See more »


Box Office


$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,471,316, 29 January 2017

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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