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"Richer than Getty, stranger than Hughes, the bizarre tale of Jack McCann."
  • R
  • 1981
  • 5.9  (3,723)
  • 63

Eureka is a 1983 film directed by Nicolas Roeg and starring Gene Hackman, Theresa Russell, Rutger Hauer, Mickey Rourke, and Joe Pesci. The film follows the story of Jack McCann (Hackman), an American who made his fortune in the early 1920s in the Canadian gold rush. After living a luxurious life on his private island in the Caribbean for years, McCann's life begins to unravel.

The film starts with a flashback to McCann's gold-mining days. He and his partner, Claus von Bülow (Hauer), strike a rich gold vein, which catapults McCann into wealth and fame. McCann then moves to his private island and lives a playboy lifestyle with his wife (Russell) and daughter (Theresa Russell, who plays the daughter as well). His wife is an alcoholic and has an affair with a local man (Mickey Rourke), while his daughter is rebelling and wants to leave the island.

McCann's life takes a dramatic turn when he is approached by a group of investors who want to buy his island for a huge sum of money. He initially refuses but eventually agrees, hoping to use the proceeds to finance his ambitious dream of drilling for oil. However, the sale triggers a series of events that lead to his downfall.

The film explores themes of ambition, greed, love, and betrayal, as well as the complex relationships between the characters. The performances by the lead actors are exceptional, with Hackman in particular delivering a nuanced and powerful portrayal of a man consumed by his own ambition.

One of the most striking aspects of the film is its use of color and visual imagery. Roeg, who is known for his surrealistic style, creates a dreamlike atmosphere throughout the film, with stunning shots of the island's landscape and underwater scenes. The film's soundtrack, composed by Stanley Myers, also contributes to the film's eerie and otherworldly mood.

Eureka received mixed reviews upon its release, with some critics praising its visual style and performances, while others criticized its disjointed narrative and slow pace. However, the film has since gained a cult following and is considered a cult classic.

Overall, Eureka is a haunting and atmospheric film that explores complex themes with a dreamlike sensibility. Its performances, visuals, and soundtrack combine to create a unique and unforgettable cinematic experience.

Eureka is a 1981 drama. It has received moderate reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 5.9 and a MetaScore of 63.

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