Taglines: Richer than Getty, stranger than Hughes, the bizarre tale of Jack McCann.
Arctic prospector Jack McCann, after fifteen years of solitary searching, becomes one of the world’s wealthiest men when he literally falls into a mountain of gold in 1925. Years later, in 1945, he lives in luxury on a Caribbean island that he owns. But his wealth brings him no peace of mind as he copes with Helen, his bored, alcoholic wife; Tracy, his dear, but headstrong, daughter who has married a dissolute, philandering social-climber; and Miami mobsters who want his island to build a casino. His life is entangled with the obsessions of those around him with greed, power, and debauchery against a background of occult symbolism.
Eureka is a 1983 British-American drama film directed by Nicolas Roeg. It is the story of a Klondike prospector, Jack McCann (Gene Hackman) who strikes it rich, yet ends up fearing that his daughter Tracy (Theresa Russell) and his son-in-law (Rutger Hauer) are scheming to take his wealth and his soul; moreover, greedy investors (Joe Pesci and Mickey Rourke) are also hunting McCann’s fortune. Eureka is loosely based on the true murder of Sir Harry Oakes in the Bahamas in 1943.
Directed by: Nicolas Roeg
Starring: Gene Hackman, Theresa Russell, Rutger Hauer, Jane Lapotaire, Mickey Rourke, Ed Lauter, Joe Pesci. Helena Kallianiotes
Screenplay by: Paul Mayersberg
Production Design by: Michael Seymour
Cinematography by: Alex Thomson
Film Editing by: Tony Lawson
Costume Design by: Marit Allen
Art Direction by: John Beard, Leslie Dilley
Music by: Stanley Myers
Distributed by: Metro Goldwyn Mayer, United Artists
Release Date: May 1, 1983