Gold

Gold

DVD - 2017
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Kenny Wells, a prospector desperate for a lucky break, teams up with a similarly eager geologist and sets off on an amazing journey to find gold in the uncharted jungle of Indonesia. Getting the gold was hard but keeping it is even more difficult, sparking an adventure through the most powerful boardrooms of Wall Street.
Publisher: [United States] :, MCA Universal :, Elevation Pictures,, 2017.
Branch Call Number: FIC Gold
Characteristics: 1 DVD (120 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.

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duane767
May 22, 2018

A very good movie showcasing Matt Mc as the titular character at the center of a get rich scheme gone wrong.

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amanoletters99
May 20, 2018

Well worth a watch, and not just for Matthew McConaughey's excellent performance, but for a well written, well paced film. Gold mining is a gritty, dirty, greedy and underhanded business and this film delivers on all those fronts, in buckets. A tip of the hat to the writers!

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gingin1972
Apr 26, 2018

Average movie nothing great!

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JOSEPH SARDO
Apr 23, 2018

GOLD is a fun ride, carried well by the strong acting arms of Matthew McConaughey. Like the character he plays, McConaughey compels you to come along for a great ride. I enjoyed Kenny Wells' dogged determination for what he believed in, and although he acted stupidly at times, I was still entertained by his persona as he rose and fell through a tumultuous time.

I always appreciate those poignant moments, so I love the imagery of his determination and his tattoo of a "bird with no feet" and how he embodied that in his life.

Directed by Stephen Gaghan, who directed the much better SYRIANA, I enjoyed GOLD. It's not a home run. McConaughey, as he did in THE SEA OF TREES, attempts to accentuate his vulnerability, and the performance ends up being a little "in between," as are parts of the script. But there's an interesting intersection here between good old fashioned gold fever and Wall Street high finance. The narrative chugs along and Edgar Ramirez (who played Roberto Duran in HANDS OF STONE) is good.

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Reading_Right
Mar 04, 2018

Interesting and engaging. Yes, it's a little overdone, but it's a movie, and doesn't try to be anything else! Lots of action, never dull, and excellent acting from all!

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roblynne212
Jan 05, 2018

Poorly told story, poorly acted drivel. Considering this was based on a true story, they butchered it so badly that it was just painfully ridiculous to watch. Matthew Mcconaughey's performance was terrible - there was nothing likeable about his character, so it was hard to believe that people would have invested with him.

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breemu
Dec 18, 2017

Ahhh, who could forget the famous Bre-X saga. Certainly not the many, many folks who lost everything after buying its highly touted stocks. If you've forgotten the details (does a CEO type person pushed from a helicopter over a foreign jungle ring any bells?) this movie does a reasonable facsimile of it.

Franln Nov 24, 2017

I remember when Matthew McConaughey was hot! Not so much anymore, haha. He went through a pretty dramatic physical transformation for this role. From losing over 40 pounds in one film to gaining over 40 pounds for this film, he is a talented actor dedicated to his craft and I respect that very much. Interesting true story, worth the watch.

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COURIER3
Nov 03, 2017

Fast paced, chain smoking, hard drinking , bad teeth, balding Kenny Wells. Make up artists did a good job on Matthew who put on weight for the lead role. Interesting bonus features and a lot of twists and turns. Turned out to be a better movie than some viewers comments. Lots of "F" bombs.

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jimg2000
May 30, 2017

***Spoiler Alert***

The man that invented the hamburger was smart, Mike. The man who invented the cheeseburger, now, that's the genius. Don't ask where the meat came from. Hmm? Have you ever read Christopher Columbus' journals?
-Of course not.
In his petition to the queen of Spain, he promised the conversion to her holy faith of a great number of peoples. And he went on and mentioned God 26 times. Gold, on the other hand, he mentioned 114 times.
-Smart dago. I've been wanting to ask you something, Wells.
Fire away, Mike.
-What's the meaning of the tattoo on your arm?
Oh, it's a bird. It's from a poem I read when I was a kid. Bird with no feet... sleeps in the wind.
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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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jimg2000
May 30, 2017

We're mapping the underlying geology. The cores are cut into sections, and then crushed. They are then bagged and sealed. This cage is guarded 24/7. Under guard, the samples are sent down river to independent labs in Kalimantan. If a seal is broken or damaged in any way, the lab, by law, has to discard the entire sample. Every safeguard has been put in place to assure the security of the process.
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You went looking for bauxite, and you found copper. I went looking for gold and... found a friend. That is the single hokiest thing I've ever heard in my life.
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Back then, if you wanted to put a hole in the ground in Indonesia, you wanted Mike Acosta telling you where to dig. He's what they called a River Walker. Yeah, a real hands-on geologist. The real deal. Oxford College, MIT. His mom was Venezuelan. His dad was English.

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jimg2000
May 30, 2017

We weren't fooled. We just didn't look.
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What is a prospector? It's someone who believes... it's out there. Who wakes up every morning, again and again, again and again... believing it's out there. And then it's not. Right? It's not. Mm-hmm. - Mm-hmm. And he's standing on the edge of the desert, staring a... new day's sunrise right in the eye, and... and he hears that little voice, a little voice that says... "Go ahead. Keep walking." And the sun gets higher and higher, and it's shining down on him, and he's really hot, and he doesn't have any water to drink, and everybody that came with him wants to turn back, and eventually, they do turn back, and there he is. And he's all alone. With the belief... that it's out there, man. It's out there. That's a prospector.

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jimg2000
May 30, 2017

All right, let's talk about the truth. The only truth here is, when everybody's getting rich, nobody gives a shit about the truth. Come the fxck on. All anyone had to do was look, open their eyes. Man, the- (intentionally blanked for spoilers)- There were red flags everywhere. Why did no one look? 'Cause no one wanted to fxcking know. We all wanted to believe. Me, you, fxcking everybody. Why? Because we were all making so much fxcking money, man. That's the truth. That's been going on for fxcking centuries!
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Now, if you'll take a second look at the geo, you will see what I see. And that's money.
-Not our money.
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So one or maybe both of them, two outsiders, took everybody on Wall Street for a ride?

Sunnchilde Aug 30, 2011

"Why? You're a liar." "Well, this is such an inappropriate time to dwell on that."

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nadian Dec 01, 2008

Sexual Content: This title contains Sexual Content.

nadian Dec 01, 2008

Violence: Many scenes of fighting, some more serious than others.

nadian Dec 01, 2008

Coarse Language: Minor

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nadian thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over

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