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Eureka (1984)




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Adapted by Paul Mayersberg from the speculative novel Who Killed Sir Harry Oakes?, Eureka! relies almost exclusively upon star Gene Hackman for its success. Striking it rich in the Klondike, Jack McCann (Hackman) lives high on the hog for 30 years on a tropical island. Though wealthy, he's not happy, fearful that someone will come along and steal his fortune. Things come to a disastrous head when McCann is suddenly beset with unwelcome visitors, including mob hit-man Mayakofsky (Joe Pesci). Theresa Russell co-stars as McCann's daughter Tracy, who has plenty of trouble of her own. The film ends with an elongated courtroom scene that slows Nicholas Roeg's already leisurely pace to a leaden walk. Completed in 1981, Eureka! spent five years in relative obscurity before it was finally given widespread release.

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Gene Hackman
as Jack McCann
Rutger Hauer
as Claude Maillot
Jane Lapotaire
as Helen McCann
Ed Lauter
as Perkins
Joe Pesci
as Mayakofsky
Cavan Kendall
as Pierre de Valois
Frank Pesce
as Stefano
Norman Beaton
as Byron Judson
John Vine
as Julian
Tim Van Rellim
as Police Chief
Ellis Dale
as Jury Foreman
Tom Heaton
as Man Blowing off Head
Thomas Heaton
as Man Blowing off Head
Tommy Lane
as Miami Chauffeur
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Critic Reviews for Eureka

All Critics (6) | Top Critics (2)

... the director's strivings for tricky effects seem to have left him little attention to spare for developing his characters or drawing passable performances from his actors...

December 14, 2017 | Full Review…

More a curio than a straightforward classic, Nicolas Roeg's Eureka is beyond weird.

March 18, 2016 | Rating: 3/5
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A typically oddball effort from Nicolas Roeg...

January 22, 2020 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

...for all its moments of brilliance that rival anything Roeg ever did, Eureka fails. The film stumbles under one of the weakest scripts he ever dealt with.

December 28, 2018 | Rating: 4/10 | Full Review…

Eccentric even by Roeg standards, this goes overboard with the histrionics, and even the slight supernatural tinge that defines Roeg's films is clumsily handled here. Yet there are some thought-provoking ideas and exchanges, and the acting is impeccable.

May 28, 2016 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

In its own convoluted way, tells us that money can't buy us happiness.

August 2, 2009 | Rating: B | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Eureka


[font=Century Gothic]In "Eureka" Jack McCann(Gene Hackman) is the ultimate self-made man, having discovered a mother lode of gold, about twenty years before. Now, he is one of the wealthiest men in the world, owning his very own island in the Caribbean. His personal life is not on the same exalted level, however. His wife, Helen(Jane Lapotaire), is an alcoholic. His daughter, Tracy(Theresa Russell), is married to a French emigre, Claude(Rutger Hauer), who Jack severely disapproves of. To add to his troubles, a group of mobsters from Miami are trying to muscle in to build a casino on his land...[/font] [font=Century Gothic][/font] [font=Century Gothic][/font] [font=Century Gothic]Even for director Nicolas Roeg, "Eureka" is an odd movie. The movie throws in too many ideas to properly consider and there is simply too much going on here for it to be considered anything of a success. To start, themes including greed, spirituality and family mix uneasily together while the mobsters sublot needlessly complicates matters. A much simpler approach might have worked as the setting and characters are not without interest. [/font] [font=Century Gothic][/font] [font=Century Gothic]Adding to the strangeness, are Mickey Rourke and Joe Pesci giving the most restrained performances of their careers. Gene Hackman is fine as always.[/font]

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