Eureka (Roeg, 1982) DVD
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Directed by Nicolas Roeg
Produced in 1982
Main Language - English
Countries & Regions - American film
Idiosyncratic thriller directed by Nicholas Roeg starring Gene Hackman as Jack McCann, a wealthy gold prospector who surveys the world from his luxurious Caribbean island home, 'Eureka'. Determined to guard his fortune from business competitors, and engaged in a devouring relationship with his daughter (Theresa Russell), he struggles to find a meaning in his life beyond the accumulation of material wealth. The pressures mount as depression and paranoia start to get the better of him, and Miami mobsters plot to get hold of his island to build a casino.
Publisher: Studio Canal
Length: 124 mins
Aspect ratio: 1:1.78 (16:9) widescreen
Format: DVD Colour
Released: 1st September 2008
Cat No: OPTD1322
Subtitles: Subtitles (Dutch, Swedish, Finnish, Romanian), Subtitles for hard of hearing (English)
by Anon on 24th June 2004
A disturbing film that was at odds with the feeling of the american public at the time of release being consigned straight to video and then being totally withdrawn fr... Read on
A disturbing film that was at odds with the feeling of the american public at the time of release being consigned straight to video and then being totally withdrawn from distribution within a week with all copies recalled. It became something of a myth before resurfacing on BBC2 for one showing in the late 1980s showing in a slightly different version to the eventual video release in the 1990s.
Features strong performances from the central cast and an early appearance of Mickey Rourke. The film has some shocking violence and a strong message about the value of money and its place in society.
Visually stunning Roeg's direction is strong and the film is an important piece of work, being included in the Guardian talk at the NFT in the 90s.
Overall a strong film that rewards watching more than once, although you may want to wait a while between viewings. Hide