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All the Money in the World (2017)

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The story of the kidnapping of 16-year-old John Paul Getty III and the desperate attempt by his devoted mother to convince his billionaire grandfather Jean Paul Getty to pay the ransom.

Director:

Ridley Scott

Writers:

David Scarpa, John Pearson (based on the book 'Painfully Rich: The Outrageous Fortune and Misfortunes of the Heirs of J. Paul Getty' by)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michelle Williams ... Gail Harris
Christopher Plummer ... J. Paul Getty
Mark Wahlberg ... Fletcher Chace
Romain Duris ... Cinquanta
Timothy Hutton ... Oswald Hinge
Charlie Plummer ... John Paul Getty III
Charlie Shotwell ... John Paul Getty III (Age 7)
Andrew Buchan ... John Paul Getty II
Marco Leonardi ... Mammoliti
Giuseppe Bonifati ... Giovanni Iacovoni
Nicolas Vaporidis ... Il Tamia 'Chipmunk'
Andrea Piedimonte Bodini ... Corvo (as Andrea Piedimonte)
Guglielmo Favilla Guglielmo Favilla ... Piccolino
Nicola Di Chio ... Kidnap Van Driver
Adele Tirante Adele Tirante ... Prostitute Maria
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Storyline

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 Sony Pictures

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J. Paul Getty had a fortune. Everyone else paid the price. See more »


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Rated R for language, some violence, disturbing images and brief drug content | See all certifications »

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USA | Italy | UK

Language:

English | Italian | Arabic

Release Date:

25 December 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

All the Money in the World See more »

Filming Locations:

Italy See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$50,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,584,684, 31 December 2017, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$25,106,315, 18 March 2018

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$39,351,407, 26 January 2018
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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color | Black and White (opening sequence)

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

Director Ridley Scott said that one interesting aspect of re-filming all of Kevin Spacey's scenes with Christopher Plummer is that Spacey played J. Paul Getty as a more explicitly cold and unfeeling character, while Plummer's take on the role showed both a warmer side to the billionaire, but the same unflinching refusal to simply pay off his grandson's kidnappers. Scott also stated that neither Spacey nor his representatives had called him since Spacey's history of sexual harassment was revealed, and added that he had no plans to release the footage with Spacey to any public viewing forum. See more »

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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 »

Quotes

Fletcher Chase: I mean, what would it take for you to feel secure?
J. Paul Getty: More.
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Belinda
Written by Chris Andrews
Performed by Gianni Morandi
Courtesy of Sony BMG Entertainment (Italy) S.p.A
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Get the Getty story and an Oscar-worthy performance at the same time.
23 December 2017 | by jdesandoSee all my reviews

"A Getty is special. A Getty is nobody's friend." J. Paul Getty (Christopher Plummer)

If Ridley Scott's All the Money in the World does anything well, it shows the banality of crime and wealth, at least as this abduction/ransom motif plays out. It's the story inspired by the kidnapping of John Paul Getty III (Charlie Plummer) in 1973, his grandfather's resistance to paying the Italian Red Brigade's ransom demand, and the heroic effort of his mother, Gail Harris (Michelle Williams), to bring her son back alive.

After slogging through the tepid back story (disjointed to say the least), the story gains strength through the passions of its leading players, both of whom have strong feelings about the right way to respond to the kidnappers' demand for $17 million ransom. Mom would pay, considering grandpa is the richest man who ever lived, and he does not in principle want to capitulate.

Yet he may also have reasons to deny the ransom, one that paying would open floodgates of abductions for his other grandchildren and a point made later on but nonetheless fascinating history about the nature of the Getty fortune. Regardless, the central conflict of the story is not the kidnapping but the struggle between patriarch and daughter-in-law for the soul of the family and the deliverance of III.

Although the cross editing between home and kidnappers is sometimes jarring, the director makes the audience feel as if it's present at the contentious proceedings. Trying to understand why the old man resists the ransom is a most difficult situation for parents who couldn't possibly do anything other than pay, but the audience can witness the arguments as if right there among the players.

Coldness pervades this film, as if Scott were able to let the audience feel the lack of warmth from the old man's. Several scenes show him in front of large fireplaces, evoking a Citizen Kane ambience. Getty echoes the self-centered, aloof, lonely Charles Foster Kane.

For the history and the acting, All the Money in the World is worth enjoying this season. Williams plays a resolute and resourceful mother and Plummer infuses the Scrooge-like Getty with a humanity that feels like we are with the real tycoon.

The film is also a cautionary tale about the corruption of wealth and the tenuous familial relations when money is the major player. See it and be happy with your small fortune, which may be, I hope, your loved ones.


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