In May 1940, the fate of Western Europe hangs on British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, who must decide whether to negotiate with Adolf Hitler, or fight on knowing that it could mean a humiliating defeat for Britain and its empire.
Kristin Scott Thomas
Rome, 1973. Masked men kidnap a teenage boy named John Paul Getty III (Charlie Plummer). His grandfather, Jean Paul Getty (Christopher Plummer), is the richest human in the world, a billionaire oil magnate, but he's notoriously miserly. His favorite grandson's abduction is not reason enough for him to part with any of his fortune. All the Money in the World (2017) follows Gail, (Michelle Williams), Paul's devoted, strong-willed mother, who unlike Getty, has consistently chosen her children over his fortune. Her son's life in the balance with time running out, she attempts to sway Getty even as her son's mob captors become increasingly more determined, volatile and brutal. When Getty sends his enigmatic security man Fletcher Chace (Mark Wahlberg) to look after his interests, he and Gail become unlikely allies in this race against time that ultimately reveals the true and lasting value of love over money..Written by
Christopher Plummer claimed he was prepared to replace Kevin Spacey as J. Paul Getty on short notice because he had previously been considered for the role and had read the script. He had less than two weeks to memorize his lines, but did have the advantage of having met Getty in London at a couple of his parties during the '60s. See more »
When Jean Paul Getty's secretary is telling Gail on the phone that her boss is unavailable, an Apple can be seen in the background. The Apple was introduced in 1977, years after 1973. See more »
Another great Ridley Scott film with an unfortunate flaw
The Ridley Scott film, "All the Money in the World" is a terrific film telling the 1973 real-life abduction of the 16-year-old-son of the richest man in the world, J. Paul Getty.
Its strong points are its excellent scripting, production design, acting and Ridley Scott's effective direction. It's a nearly perfect thriller factually based saving totally gratuitous scenes of the security man advising Getty's wife, poorly played by Mark Wahlberg as if he were the film's main star, scenes that bog the film down in talky, contrived plot padding. He is an irritating wrong note in an otherwise superb movie that I highly recommend. My guess is that Wahlberg, being one of the producers of the film, created this unfortunate infirmity by insisting his part be expanded to make his character assume an ersatz importance. But, by all means, check out this excellent movie anyway.
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