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Other People's Money

Danny DeVito , Gregory Peck , Norman Jewison    R (Restricted)   DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Provides a great return on invested capital... June 7 2002
By Steve
Format:VHS Tape
Remember the good old 80s, when Ronald Reagan ruled the roost? The stock market was part of the zeitgeist at large, but in a pre-CNBC way; it was there in the news, but Mainstreet America wasn't as plugged into it then as she is today. Consider that stocks can be bought and sold over the web with the click of a mouse- being coddled by a broker was so old news, so old economy. Information is online in reams and ready to be accessed at a moment's notice, one didn't have to peruse a bunch of pulpy pages to figure out what the return-on-equity of Disney calculated to. It's against this backdrop that OTHER PEOPLE'S MONEY finds itself, a competent and interesting piece of film which presents two sides to the hostile-takeover-and-subsequent-liquidation scenario.
Danny DeVito portrays the odious Lawrence Garfield, affectionately christened with the salubrious sobriquet "Larry The Liquidator." Garfield loves one thing better than his beloved doughnut pastries: woefully undervalued companies. When his computer screen filters out the latest hot prospect, New England Wire & Cable, his shark-like senses smell the blood immediately and he sets out for a meeting with its owner, Andrew Jorgenson, played to great curmudgeonly effect by Gregory Peck.
Jorgenson is a fatherly figure to his workers, respected and revered almost to the point of deification, one would imagine. When Garfield points out that his company's stock price is out of whack in relation to its book value, Jorgenson is staunch in his reply: get out, and take your Wall-Street greed with you. But everyone knows that the little guy isn't going to be cowed so easily; he's as feisty and fanatic as he is sly and devious. They know he'll find a way to bulldoze over Jorgenson and his twenty percent ownership.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Realistic and thought provoking July 19 2001
Format:VHS Tape
Gregory Peck is an idealistic, passionate, and paternal entrepreneur who is about to lose a business that he and many who work for him put their lives and spirit into. Danny Davido is a corporate raider but not portrayed as a Gordon Gekko. His reason for taking over Peck's business is not so much slaughter than it is economics.
The crescendo to the movie comes in the two speeches before the company shareholders. The speeches punctuate what is more the reality in today's world. Corporate take-overs and liquidations are not simply a bunch of greedy business people enriching themselves at everyone else's expense. From an economic point of view New England Wire and Cable should be shut down. It's in a business that is outmoded by new technologies and its assets are worth more sold off for some other purpose. Rationally it makes no economic sense to continue such a business. The money from selling this failing business can be invested in a business that is viable and growing - this will help create new jobs and add growth to the economy. Of course the people that have worked at New England wire and cable will lose their jobs and Peck will lose his business.
What's refreshing about the movie is the writer didn't set up a straw man to argue either point view. Both sides present intelligent arguments from believable characters. The movie challenges us that what is rational is not always what feels good. An efficient and productive economy is one that has the ability to change, but there are costs - people get displaced.
Where the script fell short and where many in our society lose perspective is that while businesses may die out people are flexible. One's skills can be revamped and applied to more productive pursuits. Instead, however, the scriptwriters concoct a not so believable happy ending. Still, though Other People's Money is probably one of the most honest movies to come out of Hollywood on the topic of capitalism.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Day trader diversion Sept. 14 2000
Format:VHS Tape
Corporate take overs for the mass mind. Danny Devito is incredibly perfect for the part of the corporate raider, and how he relishes playing the part! Sad to see Gregory Peck for the most part reduced to a stubborn old man, although there are flashes of the great actor he once was. Ah, but doesn't Penelope Ann Miller do a neat Marilyn Monroe imitation talking on the phone to our predatory take over artist?
The fine script, based on a play by Jerry Sterner, and directed by the consummate professional, Norman Jewison, is studded with cynical Wall Street wisdom, not the least of which is, it is always nice to play with "other people's money" (gambler's lingo for being ahead of the game). Naturally this Hollywood presentation is a little shallow, but what a pleasant fantasy for short, old, balding day traders on a holiday.
Of course there is the delicate question of how to play "Danny Devito gets Penelope Ann Miller." Are we going to see him pull her into his arms and kiss her, thereby sweeping her off her feet? I don't think so. However, confidence (and mass bucks) are very sexy, and so there is a certain plausibility to this amusing romantic comedy.
While watching I was reminded that Miller is one of the great beauties of the contemporary screen, but I was saddened to realize how short her span.... Alas. One of the wonderful things about cinema, though, is that she may be young forever, or at least until the deterioration of celluloid.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Clever and deep business morality play Dec 18 1999
Format:VHS Tape
The theme of this movie is: Altruism versus egoism in the business world.
Gregory Peck delivers a great performance as an altruistic company owner. Devito is shrewd and irreverant as the corporate raider. The movie gives each of them plenty of screen time to present his argument, and you are the judge.
The twist to it all is that the lovely daughter (Penelope Ann Miller) of the company owner is a lawyer charged with using any legal means of protecting the company from DeVito. And DeVito is trying to win both her heart AND the company. He's the model of ambition.
The dialogue often sparkles with unexpected surprises: "I hate it when people ask me if they can be frank with me. It makes me wonder about what they are the rest of the time."
And BOTH the final speeches are masterpieces, clearly presenting both sides of the essential moral issue.
As a comedy, it may not completely satisfy. But as a morality play, it satisfies completely. Each time I see it, I understand more.
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5.0 out of 5 stars When Is It Coming Out On DVD?
This is one of my favorite movies. The plot is excellent and it's a great comedy. Danny DeVito suits that role perfect. I wish it was available on DVD.
Published on Jan. 8 2002
4.0 out of 5 stars Another Meaning for the Phrase "Other People's Money"
A cute little romantic comedy, which DeVito surprisingly carries off very well as a male lead. The real surprise, however, is the honesty in the writing -- instead of the usual... Read more
Published on Dec 29 2001 by Roger Garcia
5.0 out of 5 stars A great one!
One of my favorite movies. My only complaint is that the romantic female lead is too young for Danny DeVito -- you're never on his side in his quest for her. Read more
Published on July 7 2001 by tzefirah
4.0 out of 5 stars vintage DeVito
This is a great film for DeVito fans, but a better film for people who want a less than perfect romantic comedy. Read more
Published on June 18 2001 by Shadow Moon
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Very entertaining but I mainly watched for Penelope Ann Miller. That scene where she enters Danny De Vito's office and the camera goes up from her feet to her beautiful face and... Read more
Published on June 12 1999
5.0 out of 5 stars Great speech by Larry at the end!
Not a bad movie -- not great, but better than average until the shareholder's meeting at the end. However, the speech that Larry the Liquidator (Danny DeVito) gives at the meeting... Read more
Published on March 3 1999 by George M. Regnery
5.0 out of 5 stars For your information...
This movie was partly filmed on location (exterior shots)at the Seymour Wire factory (out of business) in Seymour, CT on the banks of the Naugatuck River. Read more
Published on Nov. 14 1998
4.0 out of 5 stars An amusing morality tale of business and a teaching tool.
Looking for a teaching tool for undergraduates who would not have cultural contacts with the corporate environment, this film has been a useful introduction to the current... Read more
Published on Oct. 7 1998
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