Eureka (1983 film)

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Eureka (1983).jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Nicolas Roeg
Produced by Jeremy Thomas
Written by Paul Mayersberg
Based on Who Killed Sir Harry Oakes? by Marshall Houts
Starring Gene Hackman
Theresa Russell
Rutger Hauer
Mickey Rourke
Joe Pesci
Music by Stanley Myers
Cinematography Alex Thomson
Recorded Picture Company
JF Productions
Sunley Productions
Distributed by MGM/UA Entertainment Company
Release dates
May 1983 (UK)
October 5, 1984 (USA)
Running time
130 minutes
Language English
Box office $123,572

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.[1]



Film critic and film maker, Mark Cousins put Eureka in his top ten favourite films in the Sight and Sound Greatest Films poll 2012[2] and has called the film a 'masterpiece'.[3] Danny Boyle classified this film as underrated.

The film's title was used by musician Jim O'Rourke for his album Eureka.


  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ Sight and Sounds Greatest Films Poll 2012, Mark Cousins
  3. ^ Twitter @markcousinsfilm

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