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Where the Money Is (2000)

PG-13 | | Drama, Comedy, Crime | 14 April 2000 (USA)
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Old bank robber Henry, paralyzed from a stroke, is moved from a prison hospital to a retirement home, where Carol is a nurse. She doesn't believe he's paralyzed and sees him as a way out of her boring life.

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Marek Kanievska

Writers:

E. Max Frye (story), E. Max Frye (screenplay) | 2 more credits »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Paul Newman ... Henry
Linda Fiorentino ... Carol
Dermot Mulroney ... Wayne
Susan Barnes Susan Barnes ... Mrs. Foster
Anne Pitoniak Anne Pitoniak ... Mrs. Tetlow
Bruce MacVittie ... Karl
Irma St. Paule ... Mrs. Galer (as Irma St. Paul)
Michel Perron ... Guard
Dorothy Gordon ... Mrs. Norton
Rita Tuckett Rita Tuckett ... Mrs. Weiler (as Rita Tucket)
Diane Amos Diane Amos ... Kitty
Dawn Ford ... Cheryl - Wife #2
T.J. Kenneally ... Farwell Welk
Rod McLachlan ... Lloyd the Cop (as Roderick McLachlan)
Bill Corday Bill Corday ... Grounds Worker
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Storyline

Carol Ann MacKay is a fine, popular nurse at a retirement home, and spends her free time with her hunky athletic husband Wayne MacKay, who was the star of her school's football team when she was high school prom queen; he still would do anything for her, including cleaning up the messes her ideas get them in. When legendary bank robber Henry Manning, who had a major stroke in prison, is placed in the home, supposedly having lost all control over his body, she notices he must be in far better condition then he lets appear, and tries everything to find out- when she pushes his wheelchair in a canal at a picnic, Henry gives up. The McKays keep his secret and Henry doesn't actually run in Waynes car as his first impulse was; soon Carol gets his confidence and the two start planning how they three can commit another robbery on an armored money transport, which brings them together. It doesn't go quite according to plan, but they get the loot; however, before the money can be split some big... Written by KGF Vissers

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They make their money the old-fashioned way. They steal it. See more »

Genres:

Drama | Comedy | Crime

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some sexual content | See all certifications »
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Country:

Germany | USA | UK | Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 April 2000 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ein heißer Coup See more »

Filming Locations:

Canada See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$28,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,513,530, 16 April 2000

Gross USA:

$5,661,798

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$7,450,414
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Paul Newman's final starring role in a film. His remaining film work would be in supporting roles and voice-overs. See more »

Goofs

While the talk is about toaster ovens, the bank offers toasters only - the billboards clearly show a toaster and the description is 'toaster', not 'toaster oven'. See more »

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Henry Manning: You wanna save your marriage by robbing a bank. Why don't you go see a priest?
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Referenced in Eisai to tairi mou: Episode #1.1 (2001) See more »

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a small scale gem
27 May 2001 | by Buddy-51See all my reviews

For admirers of quality movies, one of the greatest sources of frustration has always been the inverse ration that exists between movies that are good and movies that make money. The essential rule of thumb is that, with few exceptions, the larger a film's budget happens to be, the less likely that that film will have anything new or original to say. The corollary principle is that, given the choice between patronizing a film that is original, complex and meaningful and one that is derivative, simpleminded and thematically empty, the mass audience will go with the latter type every time. Driven by the need for profits, large studios are then forced to cater to this `lowest common denominator' mentality. The result is that wonderful little films are almost invariably squeezed out of the marketplace, left to languish in obscure art houses scattered in a few major cities, while bloated, mindless multi-million dollar monstrosities fill sprawling megaplexes found in cities, suburbs and rural areas stretching literally from coast to coast.

How many people, for instance, have even heard of, let alone seen, `Where the Money Is'? Yet here is a film dedicated to the spirit of pure fun, a lighthearted black comedy that is blessedly free of the hardboiled cynicism and explicit violence that plague so many such films. The film hooks the audience from the very start with the originality of its plot and setting. Set in a small Oregon town (though the film was, rather inexplicably, filmed in the environs of Montreal), the movie stars the superb Linda Fiorentino and Dermot Mulroney as long time high school sweethearts who have married right after graduation, found their comfortable little niche in the small world they inhabit and now begun to take each other for granted. (The opening scene introduces us to them as they are roadhousing around on prom night in his prize Mustang, the one symbol of a rebellious youth that he still clings to all these years later). It is at her job – as a nurse at a local convalescent hospital – that a measure of excitement reenters their humdrum lives and relights the long dormant spark of adventure that she, in particular, has been missing. This novelty comes in the form of an aging bank robber (Paul Newman) who has apparently suffered a stroke and is sent to the rest home due to overcrowding at the prison hospital.

The early scenes of the film are wickedly funny as Fiorentino, suspicious that her new patient may just be faking it, plays a clever little game of cat-and-mouse to try to catch him in his impressive charade. Suddenly, having achieved her goal, she is not quite so sure who is really the cat and who the mouse.

To say more about the plot would really do a disservice to this film, which manages to keep us intrigued by the unpredictability of its most unusual setup. Fiorentino and Mulroney are thoroughly believable as a couple of once-edgy youngsters grown into responsible, comfortable but slightly restless adults. She, in particular, finds herself stifled by the humdrum quality of both their life and their marriage together. Mulroney, on the other hand, seems to have pretty much lost that desire for living on the edge, yet, for her sake and, perhaps, for the sake of that tiny spark for adventure that still lives unquenched somewhere deep inside him, he is willing to meet her halfway – even if a bit reluctantly – on the field of lawlessness. Newman, as the expert bank robber who stumbles unexpectedly into their lives, provides the perfect catalyst for renewed adventure.

The amazing thing about `Where the Money Is' is that, thanks to its writers, Max Frye, Topper Lilien and Carroll Cartwright, and the director, Marek Kanievska, the film never ends up taking itself too seriously. It always knows that its prime purpose is to give the audience a fun time. This it does with the help of its three dazzling stars, who seem to be having the time of their professional lives (Fiorentino is especially wonderful). It sure must be infectious, because we, in the audience, have a pretty damn good time watching them.


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