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Eureka (1983)

R | | Drama, Thriller | 20 May 1983 (UK)
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In 1925, Arctic prospector Jack McCann becomes a rich man when he strikes gold but 20 years later he faces major personal and family problems.

Director:

Nicolas Roeg

Writers:

Marshall Houts (book), Paul Mayersberg (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Gene Hackman ... Jack McCann
Theresa Russell ... Tracy
Rutger Hauer ... Claude Maillot Van Horn
Jane Lapotaire ... Helen McCann
Mickey Rourke ... Aurelio D'Amato
Ed Lauter ... Charles Perkins
Joe Pesci ... Mayakofsky
Helena Kallianiotes ... Frieda
Cavan Kendall Cavan Kendall ... Pierre de Valois
Corin Redgrave ... Worsley
Joe Spinell ... Pete
Frank Pesce ... Stefano
Michael Scott Addis Michael Scott Addis ... Joe
Norman Beaton Norman Beaton ... Byron Judson
Emrys James Emrys James ... Judge
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Storyline

Arctic prospector Jack McCann, after fifteen years of solitary searching, becomes one of the world's wealthiest men when he literally falls into a mountain of gold in 1925. Years later, in 1945, he lives in luxury on a Caribbean island that he owns. But his wealth brings him no peace of mind as he copes with Helen, his bored, alcoholic wife; Tracy, his dear, but headstrong, daughter who has married a dissolute, philandering social-climber; and Miami mobsters who want his island to build a casino. His life is entangled with the obsessions of those around him with greed, power, and debauchery against a background of occult symbolism. Written by Jerry Caplin <JCaplin001@aol.com>

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Taglines:

Richer than Getty, stranger than Hughes, the bizarre tale of Jack McCann.

Genres:

Drama | Thriller

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

MGM

Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 May 1983 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Blestemul aurului See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$123,572

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$123,572
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Leonard Maltin has commented that the film was "shelved by its studio, [then] sporadically released in [the USA in] 1985". According to Senses of Cinema, the film was "produced under the aegis of David Begelman's troubled reign at MGM/UA, Eureka (1983) was shelved for almost two years and then dumped into a handful of cities". See more »

Goofs

When Jack is run off his motorbike by Charles and Jack gets into Charles's car, a person in a yellow raincoat is reflected in the window of the car. See more »

Quotes

Tracy: [testifying] I loved my father before I loved you.
Claude Maillot Van Horn: Was he more violent than me?
Tracy: Stop asking me about violence!
Claude Maillot Van Horn: Your father was savagely murdered, beaten, his head cut off. I'm on trial for my life. If I'm found guilty they'll hang me by the neck. This isn't a time or place to be shy about violence.
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Alternate Versions

Although the UK cinema version was intact the 1986 Warner video release was missing 7 seconds from the death of Jack McCann, notably shots of a flame thrower being run over his body and face. These were not cut by the BBFC so presumably they were distributor edits. DVD releases are fully uncut. See more »

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References Citizen Kane (1941) See more »

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Fractured...........yet... fascinating...
3 December 2008 | by merklekranzSee all my reviews

Rarely has a film had so much potential, that goes unrealized. Gene Hackman and his gold discovery is beautifully photographed, yet so unlikely and unrealistic, that it seems surreal. From the moment things shift to the island, the movie plays like a beautiful montage, with story continuity only an afterthought. It becomes merely a series of images strung together with philosophical messages, huge time jumps, flashbacks, and metaphysical nonsense. Yet, the images of ultra violence, nudity, snow, gold flakes, and the Victorian splendor, will linger long after the movie ends. From that standpoint at least some of "Eureka"s potential is realized, but not enough to grab the greatness that was within grasp. - MERK


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