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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Gail Harris
... J. Paul Getty
... Fletcher Chase
... Cinquanta
... Oswald Hinge
... John Paul Getty III
... John Paul Getty III (Age 7)
... John Paul Getty II
... Mammoliti
... Giovanni Iacovoni
... Il Tamia 'Chipmunk'
... Corvo (as Andrea Piedimonte)
... Piccolino
... Kidnap Van Driver
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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J. Paul Getty had a fortune. Everyone else paid the price. See more »


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

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25 December 2017 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Todo el dinero del mundo  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$50,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,584,684, 31 December 2017, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$25,106,315, 18 March 2018

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$39,351,407, 26 January 2018
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Trivia

On November 8, 2017, Sony and the film's production team unanimously opted to replace Kevin Spacey as J. Paul Getty with Christopher Plummer. The decision was made just over a month prior to the December 22nd wide release. This was the second time Ridley Scott was faced with drastic re-shoots during his career. He had previously almost had to abandon Gladiator (2000) due to the untimely death of Oliver Reed. See more »

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There's an almost-frontal shot of a glass door with Fletcher standing aside of it, his left shoulder facing the glass. For a glimpse a pair of trousers can be seen reflected in the midst of the glass. See more »

Quotes

J. Paul Getty: Morning, Chase.
[Getty walks around a covered table]
J. Paul Getty: Will you, uh, help me with this?
[Getty and Chase uncover the table to reveal a model mansion]
J. Paul Getty: I'm, uh, building a house in California. An exact replica of my imperial villa in Rome, down to the very last detail. But with flush toilets. Yes, the mountain may not have come to Muhammad, but it sure as hell came to me.
Nancy Getty's Secretary: Mr. Getty. The West Texas Intermediate, sir.
[secretary hands stock number strip to Getty]
Fletcher Chase: What's it feel like, reading that slip ...
[...]
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References High Plains Drifter (1973) See more »

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Belinda
Written by Chris Andrews
Performed by Gianni Morandi
Courtesy of Sony BMG Entertainment (Italy) S.p.A
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Get the Getty story and an Oscar-worthy performance at the same time.
23 December 2017 | by See all my reviews

"A Getty is special. A Getty is nobody's friend." J. Paul Getty (Christopher Plummer)

If Ridley Scott's All the Money in the World does anything well, it shows the banality of crime and wealth, at least as this abduction/ransom motif plays out. It's the story inspired by the kidnapping of John Paul Getty III (Charlie Plummer) in 1973, his grandfather's resistance to paying the Italian Red Brigade's ransom demand, and the heroic effort of his mother, Gail Harris (Michelle Williams), to bring her son back alive.

After slogging through the tepid back story (disjointed to say the least), the story gains strength through the passions of its leading players, both of whom have strong feelings about the right way to respond to the kidnappers' demand for $17 million ransom. Mom would pay, considering grandpa is the richest man who ever lived, and he does not in principle want to capitulate.

Yet he may also have reasons to deny the ransom, one that paying would open floodgates of abductions for his other grandchildren and a point made later on but nonetheless fascinating history about the nature of the Getty fortune. Regardless, the central conflict of the story is not the kidnapping but the struggle between patriarch and daughter-in-law for the soul of the family and the deliverance of III.

Although the cross editing between home and kidnappers is sometimes jarring, the director makes the audience feel as if it's present at the contentious proceedings. Trying to understand why the old man resists the ransom is a most difficult situation for parents who couldn't possibly do anything other than pay, but the audience can witness the arguments as if right there among the players.

Coldness pervades this film, as if Scott were able to let the audience feel the lack of warmth from the old man's. Several scenes show him in front of large fireplaces, evoking a Citizen Kane ambience. Getty echoes the self-centered, aloof, lonely Charles Foster Kane.

For the history and the acting, All the Money in the World is worth enjoying this season. Williams plays a resolute and resourceful mother and Plummer infuses the Scrooge-like Getty with a humanity that feels like we are with the real tycoon.

The film is also a cautionary tale about the corruption of wealth and the tenuous familial relations when money is the major player. See it and be happy with your small fortune, which may be, I hope, your loved ones.


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