All the Money in the World

All the Money in the World

Ridley Scott (2017)

127min
15 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
The kidnapping of 16-year-old John Paul Getty III, heir to his grandfather's multi-billion-dollar fortune, was one of the biggest news stories of the 1970s, but director Ridley Scott's account relies too much on melodrama and dispenses with large amounts of historical detail. The boy was held hostage for six months while his mother (Michelle Williams) pleaded with the family patriarch (Christopher Plummer) to pay for his safe return; he only relented when the ransom was significantly reduced to a figure within a tax-deductible threshold. Plummer (a late replacement for Kevin Spacey after filming had already wrapped) is hugely impressive as the ruthless, heartless tycoon, and there's strong support from Mark Wahlberg as his ex-CIA adviser, but Williams's supposedly distraught parent is never entirely convincing. The result is a workmanlike thriller that could have been much better if Scott had paid more attention to the truth and not settled for a sedentary, less involving version of events.

Summary

When 16-year-old John Paul Getty III is kidnapped in 1973, his devoted mother tries to convince his billionaire grandfather Jean Paul Getty to pay the ransom. Ridley Scott's fact-based drama, starring Michelle Williams, Christopher Plummer and Mark Wahlberg.

Cast & Crew

Fletcher Chace Mark Wahlberg
Gail Harris Michelle Williams
J Paul Getty Christopher Plummer
Cinquanta Romain Duris
Oswald Hinge Timothy Hutton
John Paul Getty III Charlie Plummer
John Paul Getty II Andrew Buchan
Mammoliti Marco Leonardi
Millicent Olivia Grant
Director Ridley Scott
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: SonyGuidance: Violence, swearingAvailable on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 5 Jan 2018
Drama