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All the Money in the World (2017)

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The story of the kidnapping of 16-year-old John Paul Getty III and the desperate attempt by his devoted mother to convince his billionaire grandfather Jean Paul Getty to pay the ransom.

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Ridley Scott

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David Scarpa, John Pearson (based on the book 'Painfully Rich: The Outrageous Fortune and Misfortunes of the Heirs of J. Paul Getty' by)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michelle Williams ... Gail Harris
Christopher Plummer ... J. Paul Getty
Mark Wahlberg ... Fletcher Chace
Romain Duris ... Cinquanta
Timothy Hutton ... Oswald Hinge
Charlie Plummer ... John Paul Getty III
Charlie Shotwell ... John Paul Getty III (Age 7)
Andrew Buchan ... John Paul Getty II
Marco Leonardi ... Mammoliti
Giuseppe Bonifati ... Giovanni Iacovoni
Nicolas Vaporidis ... Il Tamia 'Chipmunk'
Andrea Piedimonte Bodini ... Corvo (as Andrea Piedimonte)
Guglielmo Favilla Guglielmo Favilla ... Piccolino
Nicola Di Chio ... Kidnap Van Driver
Adele Tirante Adele Tirante ... Prostitute Maria
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Storyline

Rome, 1973. Masked men kidnap a teenage boy named John Paul Getty III (Charlie Plummer). His grandfather, Jean Paul Getty (Christopher Plummer), is the richest human in the world, a billionaire oil magnate, but he's notoriously miserly. His favorite grandson's abduction is not reason enough for him to part with any of his fortune. All the Money in the World (2017) follows Gail, (Michelle Williams), Paul's devoted, strong-willed mother, who unlike Getty, has consistently chosen her children over his fortune. Her son's life in the balance with time running out, she attempts to sway Getty even as her son's mob captors become increasingly more determined, volatile and brutal. When Getty sends his enigmatic security man Fletcher Chace (Mark Wahlberg) to look after his interests, he and Gail become unlikely allies in this race against time that ultimately reveals the true and lasting value of love over money.. Written by Sony Pictures

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Rated R for language, some violence, disturbing images and brief drug content | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

25 December 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$50,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,584,684, 31 December 2017

Gross USA:

$25,113,707

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$56,996,304
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Dolby Digital

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2.39 : 1
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The decision to re-film the Kevin Spacey footage with Christopher Plummer as a replacement meant that twenty-two scenes had to be re-shot. See more »

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When J. Paul Getty III meets with his mother Gail at the Rome airport in 1971, his lips don't move when he says "I wanted to stay" and "Why did you have to ruin it?". See more »

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John Paul Getty III: I'm telling you this, so you could understand the things you're about to see, and maybe you can forgive us. It's like we're from another planet, where the force of gravity is so strong it bends the light. We look like you, but we're not like you.
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Troviamoci Domani a Portofino
Written by Fred Buscaglione (as Ferdinando Buscaglione) and Leo Chiosso (as Matteo Chiosso)
Performed by Fred Buscaglione
Courtesy of Warner Music UK Ltd.
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Fairly bland - with the exception of Christopher Plummer
14 February 2018 | by bankofmarquisSee all my reviews

By now, almost everyone knows about the last minute switch of Christopher Plummer in place of current-pariah Kevin Spacey as pivotal Billionaire J. Paul Getty in Ridley Scott's ALL THE MONEY IN THE WORLD, so when I checked out Plummer's Oscar nominated turn, I couldn't but help see if I could tell when Scott put in a new scene and where he just "augmented" his scenes with Plummer. And then, a funny thing happened...

I stopped looking at this for I was captivated by Plummer's performance.

A 3 time Oscar nominee (he is the oldest person to win an Academy Award - at the age of 82 - for his Supporting Role in BEGINNERS in 2010), the 88 year old Plummer shows that he can still command a movie for anytime he is on screen this film crackles and becomes interesting.

Unfortunately, the same cannot be said for the rest of the film.

Telling the story of the kidnapping of Getty's grandson, and the "richest man in the world's" refusal to pay the ransom, ALL THE MONEY IN THE WORLD stars Charlie Plummer (no relation) as John Paul Getty III (the kidnapped grandson), Mark Wahlberg as "fixer" Fletcher Chase, who was told by Getty to get his grandson back for "the lowest possible cost", Romain Duris as one of the kidnappers and the great Michelle Williams as the mother of the kidnapped boy - and the daughter-in-law of Getty, Gail Harris. Each one of these performances are good, but not great. Doing what needs to be done in what they are given to do but nothing more.

I think the problem with this film is one of focus. It spends about 50% of the time with William's character - and this is fine, but then it jumps to the kidnapped son, to "the fixer", to "the kidnapper", to the grandson and back to the mother, so no real through-line, continuity or strong character development can occur, with the exception of Christopher Plummer's J. Paul Getty. To be fair to Williams, C. Plummer has the showier role and she is just asked to be the center of this tale, the world in which all else revolves and that, ultimately, makes her character somewhat bland.

I place the blame for this on Screenwriter David Scarpa (based on the book by John Pearson) and Director Scott. I think their reach exceeded their grasp on this one. If they could have focused more on one of the characters - instead of spreading things out - perhaps this film would have become more interesting and less bland. It stays on one note - despite jumping to different people in vastly different situations - throughout it's 2 hour and 15 minute time frame.

All in all, a missed opportunity. It is a decent film that had the potential to be VERY good. The only one who was VERY good was Christopher Plummer - and certainly his performance is worth the price of admission.

Letter Grade: B

7 (out of 10) stars and you can take that to the Bank (OfMarquis)


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