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Q: Movies about Rich People and Getting Rich ( Answered 5 out of 5 stars,   0 Comments )
Subject: Movies about Rich People and Getting Rich
Category: Arts and Entertainment > Movies and Film
Asked by: inkvisitor-ga
List Price: $15.00
Posted: 02 Jun 2004 23:08 PDT
Expires: 02 Jul 2004 23:08 PDT
Question ID: 355722
For a market study on a proposed movie project, I am trying to
identify any and all movies (but particularly those that are
well-known or were commercially successful) which have as their main
theme or focus,
either a rich person or the effort (by any means, including criminal)
to get rich.  Both US and non-US movies are of interest, and I would
appreciate knowing (a) title and (b) year it was made or released,
along with (c) a very short blurb describing the story (one sentence
is fine).  Any additional information is nice but not necessary.  For
example:  1.  Sabrina, 1954.  Rich guy (Bogart) falls for chauffeur's daughter.
 2.  Money Train, 1995.  Transit cops (Harrelson, Snipes) try to
heist, then protect,subway train full of money.  3.  Heist, 2001. 
Thieves (Hackman, deVito) steal gold shipment.  The more answers the
better, please! :)

Request for Question Clarification by politicalguru-ga on 03 Jun 2004 02:10 PDT
Dear InkVisitor, 

Researchers are usually reluctant to answer questions that ask for
"all" of anything because it's usually impossible to make sure that
you've found "all". Maybe, if you defined how many films you're
looking for, it would have been easier to answer the question.

In addition, the question you've asked will take considerable research
(since not only the list of films with that plot have to be found, but
for each we have to write a "blurb"). You might want to check out the
pricing guidelines.

Clarification of Question by inkvisitor-ga on 03 Jun 2004 20:36 PDT
Good feedback, thanks.  Let's see -- my use of "all" was not
appropriate, but perhaps indicative of my desire to have more rather
than less.  There is no magic number -- although hoping to be as
comprehensive as possible (else the survey may have noticeable gaps),
I would nonetheless be happy with a list showing 25 or 30 movies,
recognizing that for one who lives and breathes movies it may be
possible to come up with 10 or more classics off the top of the head
that fit the bill.  But I am unclear on what a given researcher will
already know, and what needs to be looked up.  As for blurbs, I only
need enough to confirm that the movie is on point, certainly nothing
like a detailed plotline, etc.  Also, I do not need actors, directors,
etc., as I will be able to look those up fairly quickly once the movie
title and its general thrust are known.
Subject: Re: Movies about Rich People and Getting Rich
Answered By: voila-ga on 04 Jun 2004 22:24 PDT
Rated:5 out of 5 stars
Hi Inkvisitor,

I tried to expand this list to 50 but only managed 41.  There's a
cross-section of dramas, comedies, high-brow, low-brow, medium-brow,
and a couple of westerns thrown in the group.  I couldn't recall any
foreign film but maybe I can add one or two tomorrow when my head is
clearer. ;-)

1.	Thomas Crown Affair (1968/1999)
	A very rich playboy amuses himself by stealing artwork, but may have
met his match in a seductive detective.

2.	Heat (1995)  DeNiro and crew pull off a series of high-tech
professional job with Al Pacino as a dogged detective in hot pursuit.

3.	Scarface (1983)  A determined Cuban immigrant takes over a drug
empire while succumbing to greed.

4.	Wall Street (1987) The world of "yuppies," shady business deals,
the "good life," fast money, and fast women.

5.	Down and Out in Beverly Hills (1986)  A homeless man changes the
lives of a rich Beverly Hills couple.

6.	Reversal of Fortune (1990) Wealthy Sunny von Bülow lies brain-dead
while her husband is guilty of attempted murder.

7.	Indecent Proposal (1990) A married woman agrees to have sex with
another man for $1,000,000.

8.	Swordfish (2001)  A spy is hired by the CIA to coerce a computer
hacker to help steal billions in unused government funds.
9.	Blow (2001)  Johnny Depp plays George Jung, a drug smuggler
instrumental in establishing a toehold in the U.S. cocaine market in
the 1970s.

10.	Meet Joe Black (1998) A rich media mogul flirts with Death
personified in the form of a mysterious young man.

11.	The Game (1997)  A wealthy financier gets a strange birthday
present from his brother: a live-action game that consumes his life.

12.	Trading Places (1983)  A snobbish investor and street con artist
find their positions reversed as part of a bet by two millionaires.

13.	Age of Innocence  (1993) Social intrigue in high society circles
of late-19th Century New York.

14.	Eyes Wide Shut (1999)  A Manhattan doctor's odyssey into the
hedonistic world of high society and their sexual rituals.

15.	Philadelphia Story/High Society  (1940/1956)  A musical remake of
The Philadelphia Story portrays the lifestyles of the rich with a
healthy dose of humor and jazz.

16.	Italian Job  (1969/2003) A gang of robbers create the largest
traffic jam in LA history, giving them time to pull off a theft of
gold bullion.

17.	Ocean's 11 (1960/2001) Danny Ocean and his accomplices plan to rob
three Las Vegas casinos simultaneously.

18.	Tess (1979)  A farmer in 19th Century England believes he is
descended from the illustrious d'Urberville family and sends his
daughter Tess to check on a family named d'Uberville living in a manor
house nearby.

19.	Fakers (2003)  A fast moving tale of blackmail and forgery set in
the upper echelons of the international art society.

20.	Entrapment (1999) Catherine Zeta-Jones working for an insurance
agency is sent to track down an art thief but ends up becoming his

21.	Metropolitan (1990)  In a Manhattan apartment, friends from the
New York upper-class meet to talk about social mobility.

22.	Talented Mr. Ripley (1999)  Ripley is sent to Europe to retrieve a
rich and spoiled millionaire playboy, but when the errand fails,
Ripley kills the playboy and assumes his life.

23.	Dangerous Liaisons  (1988)  Bored aristocrats in Baroque France
play the games of passion and betrayal.

24.	The Betsy (1978)  The patriarch of a wealthy family hires a young
race car driver to help him design a fuel efficient car.

25.	Giant (1956)  The saga of a Texas cattle ranching family and their
neighbor who strikes it rich as an oil wildcatter.

26.	All of Me  (1984) A dying millionnaire has her soul transferred
into a younger, willing woman, but something goes wrong....

27.	Barry Lyndon (1975)  From the battlefields of the Seven Years War
in Europe to the parlors of 18th century Europe an	Irish rogue makes a
life for himself as a wealthy nobleman.

28.	Richie Rich (1994) The richest kid in the world has everything he
wants -- except friendship.

29.	Born Yesterday  (1950/1993) A millionaire tycoon hires a tutor to
teach his lover proper etiquette.

30.	It Could Happen to You (1994)  A cop promises to share his lottery
ticket with a watress in lieu of a tip.

31.	Howard's End  (1992)  A tale of three social classes of the
England at the beginning of the century: the victorian capitalists,
the enlightened bourgeois, and the workers.

32.	Overboard (1987)  A rich millionairess falls overboard from her
yacht, suffers amnesia, and becomes convinced that she's now married
to a humble carpenter with three rambunctious boys.

33.	The Score (2001)  An aging thief hopes to retire and live off his
ill-gotten wealth but a young kid convinces him into doing one last

34.	Gosford Park  (2001)  Robert Altman drama with multiple story
lines depicting the lives of upstairs guests and downstairs servants
at a party in an English country house.

35.	The Hot Rock (1972)  Comedy crime caper involving plans to steal a
huge diamond from a museum.

36.	Lottery!  (1983)  Individual stories center around the ordinary
people who have suddenly become millionaires and how the experience
changes their lives.

37.	Brewster's Millions  (1985) A minor league baseball player has to
waste $30 million in 30 days in order to inherit $300 million.

38.	Easy Money (1993)  To inherit his mother-in-law's fortune, a
gambling addict must change his ways.

39.	The Professionals (1966)  A rich Texan selects three men and
invites them to his private train to offer them a contract.

40.	Greedy (1994)   Conniving family members try to get into the good
graces of their dying millionaire uncle.
41.	Mr. Deeds (2002)  A small-town guy inherits controlling interest
in a media conglomerate and changes the way the company's course.

I hope all of these films meet your needs.  My search criteria was
mostly from memory and I verified the dates and plot lines on IMDb. 
If I can clarify any details on the above films, please shoot me a
clarification notice before rating my answer.  I'll be glad to get
back with you as soon as possible.

Best of luck with your project,

Clarification of Answer by voila-ga on 05 Jun 2004 08:51 PDT

Arthur (1981)   Arthur is a happy drunk and also an heir to a vast
fortune, but he is told that it will only pass to him if he marries.

$ (1971)  A bank employee and his partner devise a plan to steal large
amounts of illicit cash from safety deposit boxes in a German bank.
Bank Shot (1974)  They didn't rob the money, they stole the whole bank! 

Die Hard (1988)  Bruce Willis thwarts the plans of a group of foreign
thugs intent on stealing $450 million of certificates in the safe of a
Japanese-owned corporation.

Die Hard: With a Vengeance (1995)  Willis discovers a plot to distract
the NYPD while a different set of foreign thugs clear the federal bank
of billions of dollars of gold.

The Heist (1999)  Two brothers turn against each other when faced with
the possibility of getting millions of dollars found in a stolen
armored car.

The First Great Train Robbery (1979) A master criminal in Victorian
England makes elaborate plans to steal a shipment of gold from a
moving train.

The Pursuit of D.B. Cooper (1981)  Story resolves around speculation
of the fate of the famous hijacker who parachuted with a ransom and
disappeared in the mountains.

Foreign Entry from Australia:

The Great Gold Swindle (1984)  The true story of a half million dollar
gold robbery which took place in Perth Western Australia in 1982.
inkvisitor-ga rated this answer:5 out of 5 stars
I am extremely happy with this answer.  It is in form and content
exactly what I had hoped for, and more specifics than I might have
hoped for.  Thank you very much!

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