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A corporate raider threatens a hostile take-over of a "mom and pop" company. The patriarch of the company enlists the help of his wife's daughter, who is a lawyer, to try and protect the company. The raider is enamoured of her, and enjoys the thrust and parry of legal manoeuvring as he tries to win her heart.Written by
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The title of this movie is taken from a book written in 1914 by Louis D. Brandeis. In his book, Brandeis posited the fact that bankers and others who ran public companies were utilizing other people's money, and therefore owed those people fiduciary duties. In the late 1970s, a leasing company that proved to be one of the largest securities frauds to that point, used as its name "O.P.M.," standing for "other people's money." In this movie, the title embodies the same concerns about the fiduciary responsibilities of those who manage other people's money. See more »
When Kate first looks at the newspaper with Larry's full-page ad, there is a cigarette in her hand. In the next shot, the cigarette is gone. See more »
I love money. I love money more than the things it can buy. There's only one thing I love more than money. You know what that is? OTHER PEOPLE'S MONEY.
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In no way whatsoever does this film compare to the play upon which it was based. That having been said, however, it stands very nicely on its own if one does not have any expectations going in. Danny DeVito, one of my all-time favorite character actors, brilliantly and flawlessly portrays Larry Garfield, corporate raider, known to those in the trade as "Larry the Liquidator". If you are reading this, chances are you have read other reviews which recap the plot points, so in lieu of boring you I will just add my recommendation that you will not go unrewarded if you give this one a try.
Certain other elements, like the controversial casting of Penelope Ann Miller, the near-absence of Piper Laurie's character, and most seriously, the total absence of other key plot elements from the play which contributed to the overall emotional impact of the piece, leave something of a regret in one's mouth after watching the film is over...you see glimmers of what might have been, see the hint of the masterpiece that might have been created, and wonder what sacrifices had to be made by the filmmakers at the studio level in order to make this film at all.
Worth seeing for DeVito's masterful, lovingly crafted and enthusiastically delivered performance.
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