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The House of Getty 

J. Paul Getty is in the process of burying his eldest son George, who committed suicide. His three remaining sons besmirch him and wonder who will be chosen as the next in line to run their father's vast empire.


Danny Boyle


Simon Beaufoy (created by), Simon Beaufoy





Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Donald Sutherland ... J. Paul Getty
Harris Dickinson ... J. Paul Getty III
Michael Esper ... J. Paul Getty Jr.
Anna Chancellor ... Penelope Kittson
Amanda Drew Amanda Drew ... Belinda
Sophie Winkleman ... Margot
Verónica Echegui ... Luciana (as Veronica Echegui)
Silas Carson ... Khan
Brendan Fraser ... Fletcher Chace
Norbert Leo Butz ... Gordon Getty
Lynda Boyd ... Jacqueline
Filippo Valle Filippo Valle ... George Getty
Jo Stone-Fewings ... Dennis
David Bamber ... Bela von Block
Charlotte Riley ... Robina Lund


J. Paul Getty, the richest man in the entire world, is in the process of burying his eldest son George, who committed suicide by stabbing himself in the chest with a carving fork. His three remaining sons besmirch him and wonder who will be chosen as the next in line to run their father's vast empire. In walks J. Paul Getty's 16-year-old disheveled grandson John Paul Getty III, who quickly builds up enough nerve to ask his grandfather for a handout of $6,000 to pay off some debts in Rome. His grandfather does not comply so John III is forced to make other arrangements. Written by Ed Shullivan

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Release Date:

25 March 2018 (USA) See more »

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


In the pilot, it is shown that guests to the Getty Estate were directed to make calls using the payphone. This incident may have painted him as a miser, but there was a practical reason for doing so. Before the installation of the payphone, there was major hike in his communications cost, due to guests taking advantage of many phones throughout the house that had direct access to outside lines (long-distance, or placing drawn-out local calls). In addition to the payphone, the other phones had dial-locks placed on top of it. See more »


The coinbox telephone shown in the Gerry mansion in England shown is more typical of the 1950s than the 1970s. One scene showed someone pumping coins into it for a long distance call, which simply was not possible with that type of coinbox, but would have been credible if the right coinbox had been used. See more »


J. Paul Getty: I have three exploratory wells in this sector. Hamish, Rob Roy, and Ivanhoe.
J. Paul Getty III: Struck oil?
J. Paul Getty: Not yet. But we will. Probably the most expensive oil in the world to get out of the ground and onshore, but not for long.
J. Paul Getty III: No?
J. Paul Getty: Any day now, the Arabs are gonna stop selling us their oil. Which will make this more valuable than gold.
J. Paul Getty III: Oh, wait, didn't they already try that in 1967?
J. Paul Getty: They did, young man, they did.
J. Paul Getty III: Yeah, it didn't work, though, right?
J. Paul Getty: Not that time. But Arabs very quick learners in my experience...
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Written by Roger Waters
Performed by Pink Floyd
Incorrectly credited as written by Pink Floyd
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Money can't buy happiness...but if your name is J. Paul Getty the sex is unlimited
26 March 2018 | by Ed-ShullivanSee all my reviews

In the opening episode we witness how influential J. Paul Getty is with his wealth in purchasing oil fields, ships and shipping, oil refineries, hotels, and the circle is a perpetual money maker making J. Paul Getty the single richest man in the entire world during the early part of the 1970's. This is a tragic but true story surrounding THE most wealthiest family in the entire world. J. Paul Getty during the 1970's WAS THE richest man in the entire world and he was portrayed in this biography by esteemed actor Donald Sutherland who bares an uncanny resemblance to the real J. Paul Getty.

The first episode titled, The House of Getty, focuses on the death by drugs and by harakiri suicide of J. Paul Getty's eldest son George. The aftermath of the suicide represents what this dysfunctional families inherent wealth and power breeds. After the funeral J. Paul Getty is witnessed alone in his room berating his remaining heirs that are his other four (4) sons, three (3) of which are simultaneously hiding in one of their fathers mansions bathrooms sharing a cigarette and talking negatively about why none of them want to accept the responsibilities that their now deceased brother George once held.

It is during the aftermath of George Getty's funeral that a disheveled and inappropriately dressed teenager named John Paul Getty III shows up at his grandfather's mansion with a plan in mind to either request or steal sufficient funds from his grandfather that would allow him to return to Rome and continue partying which is where he most recently was residing and enjoying his young life.

Donald Sutherland's portrayal of J. Paul Getty the richest man in the world is electrifying and one of a man who lived and shared money like a miser would, with no friends, far too many ex-wives, five (5) sons and a harem of mistresses who reside in his mansion and are available to him on his beckon call 24 hours per day and night. The opening episode is far from the over the top opulence and skulduggery of such former TV series such as Dallas, Dynasty and Flamingo Road. Instead, we are witnesses to a Getty family and his servants and mistresses that are all fearful of the man at the very top and who tend to walk on eggshells around him, cautious not to say the wrong thing in his presence.

I was very impressed with this opening episode and I am looking forward to seeing in future episodes of this Tv mini-series how J. Paul Getty reacts to the news of his grandson's presumed kidnapping in Rome.

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