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Kenny Wells, a prospector desperate for a lucky break, teams up with a similarly eager geologist and sets off on a journey to find gold in the uncharted jungle of Indonesia.

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Michael Acosta (as Édgar Ramírez)
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Hollis Drescher
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With the sudden death of his father, fourth-generation prospector Kenny Wells sees the family business, Washoe Mining, rapidly decline and him out of business. But ambitious Kenny has a dream, a vivid vision that promises mountains of brilliant and pure gold in the lush jungles of remote Indonesia; an aspiration which the well-known, yet still unlucky geologist Michael Acosta shares. Before long, down-on-his-luck Kenny will convince the eager geologist to become his partner and set off on an adventure deep into uncharted territory, while in the meantime, he would hunt for investors. Unfortunately though, as the risky expedition begins without a single speck of gold or the promise of it on the horizon, disease and failure will begin to threaten the short-lived dream. However, is it indeed an intriguingly bold and reckless fantasy? Written by Nick Riganas

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It was never about the money. See more »


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Rated R for language throughout and some sexuality/nudity | See all certifications »

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27 January 2017 (USA)  »

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Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$3,471,316 (USA) (27 January 2017)

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$7,222,964 (USA) (3 March 2017)
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First theatrical release directed by Stephen Gaghan in 11 years. His previous film was Syriana (2005). See more »

Goofs

When Kenny Wells arrives in Jakarta, the long shot of Jakarta busy road is clearly contemporary. The taxis are all blue, the color of the popular Blue Bird Taxi brand in Jakarta. Yet the next shot, when he gets to his hotel, the taxis are suddenly all yellow and the car model is much older. See more »

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Kenny Wells: God, we work hard in this business. Sometimes for nothing. I wake up every morning. I tell myself, "I don't have to do this. I get to do this." And then it's just blue skies. Blue skies, baby.
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Rip It Up
Written by Edwyn Collins
Performed by Orange Juice
Courtesy of Orange Juice
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"Gold" is pure gold
8 March 2017 | by See all my reviews

I reviewed only one movie on IMDb so far, but "Gold" is much better than the ratings and other users' reviews suggest, so it's good to balance things out.

First of all, you have a three-dimensional protagonist you can sympathize with. He's unattractive, unlucky, drinking way too much - like most of us are, ha ha. In fact, Kenny is very human with his flaws and ambitions, and this is fantastically portrayed by Matthew McConaughey (it's not about his fake teeth, weight gain or shaved head, it's about his ability to make you care about the character). The script is tight, smart, bitter-sweet and funny at times, because it's a dark comedy. Well, sort of. And while it may not stay true to reality (the Bre-X scandal), it's preceded with a note "Inspired by true events", not "Based on". After all, it's a movie. And as a movie, it's better than most things you're gonna watch this year. Or last, for that matter.

Plus, the soundtrack is just great (Iggy Pop, Joy Division, New Order, Pixies), as is its use in particular scenes.

5/6 in my book, 8/10 according to IMDb standards.


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