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Other People's Money  (Region 2 Compatible)
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Starring Danny DeVito, Gregory Peck, Penelope Ann Miller, Piper Laurie. Meet Larry the Liquidator. Arrogant. Greedy. Self-Centered. Ruthless. You gotta love the guy. A man is known by the company he keeps. Lawrence "Larry the Liquidator" Garfield is known for the companies he gets rid of. Danny DeVito hilariously deals, connives, wheedles and cajoles as Wall Street buccaneer Larry in this high-yield comedy directed by Norman Jewison (Moonstruck) and based on the hit off-Broadway play. Larry's never met a debt-free corporation he didn't want to devour but he may think twice about New England Wire & Cable. Its ramrod like patriarch (Gregory Peck) has been a fighter all his long life. And to arm against takeover, he's hired a lawyer (Penelope Ann Miller) whose style and cunning rival Larry's. Is anything negotiable? Can anyone be seduced by Other People's money? Your time invested will be amply rewarded. Region-2 compatible import, suitable for all UK DVD players. Widescreen version.
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The plot centres on the ultimately successful attempt by corporate raider Larry "the liquidator" Garfield (Danny DeVito) to take over a long established but ailing New England business (headed by patriarch Gregory Peck) for personal and shareholder gain, despite a spirited defence led by the smart and gorgeous lawyer Kate Sullivan (Penelope Ann Miller).
In some ways I've thought of it as "sub Wall Street", but it's also a little more nuanced. This is particularly seen when DeVito (who gives a bravura performance and looks like he's having a ball throughout) puts forward a coherant argument for why Gregory Peck's long established dinosaur of a business should be liquidated. It certainly resonates more with me than the concept of "greed is good".
The film's biggest weakness is the happy ending tacked on at the end. It's anti-climactic, and I think it runs contrary to the stage play on which the film was based - a play that was somewhat darker in tone.
But the film has plenty going for it as well. It moves along at a clip, DeVito is excellent, there are plenty of other good performances, the dialogue fizzes, and there are some funny scenes (De Vito lambasting his lawyers is a cracker) - oh, and I wish all the lawyers I've dealt with could look like Ms Miller does here.
Danny Devito is the hard nosed corporate raider, Larry the Liquidator, he just oozes sleaze but with an undertone of real class.
Gregory Peck is the sentimental manager of the target corporation, he is all heart but is like King Canute trying to hold back the tide.
Penelope Ann Miller is the glamourous defence lawyer who provides the love interest and pulls the rabbit out of the hat at the end.
The story is simple but strong enough to retain your interest. The acting is good, with excellent interplay between Devito and Miller. Danny Devito's speech at the end is fantastic.
I suspect one's enjoyment of this film is down to your political leanings, if you are a bleeding heart, left wing, labour sympathiser you aren't going to enjoy this film but if you like your "capitalist steak" oozing blood, you'll love it.
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