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
Christopher Plummer claimed he was prepared to replace Kevin Spacey as J. Paul Getty on short notice because he had previously been considered for the role and had read the script. He had less than two weeks to memorize his lines, but did have the advantage of having met Getty in London at a couple of his parties during the '60s. See more »
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 »
J. Paul Getty:
There's a purity to beautiful things that I've never been able to find in another human being.
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I see Getty more like a child. He can't pay. He has to milk this for maximum psychic effect, terrorizing, making all kinds of points and back. A chess match with his family that no one else is playing. Rook forward then back. His statues aligned with the Romans making his god complex on full display that only him and history can understand. It creates a ridiculous villain with a distant 'humanity' via Plummer, the humanity means he will always do the right thing in the end but the process there will be... let's say thorough.
Interesting there at the end, Wahlberg slapped him out of that euphoric detachment wealth slipped him into, not by those words, rather, 'how strange it is this peasant and his tones, that must mean I've crossed some line.'
The thriller stuff I'm not as interested in since it's stock from twelve other movies, and the wealth stuff is too on the nose and oscar-bait already. Michelle Williams being in between. Getty was a picture of what not to be, same time it's the only rational response to such obscene fortunes is to honeymoon off with your sanity and cash. One-dimensional as it is, I know rich people with only minor fortunes like this.
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