Movies and money goes hand in hand. In this series I look at movies in which money plays a major role. Where I can, I connect money to Money Plain & Simple. Please feel free to argue, or add your own movie favorites, starting with the letter F or G.
My favourite Coen Brothers movie. Jerry Lundegaard organizes the kidnapping of his wife for ransom. The kidnapping goes very wrong, and it may still have succeeded if it wasn’t for Marge Gunderson, the local police woman, who relentlessly works at solving the crime.
Fargo is a story about what you shouldn’t do if you need money. What makes this lesson enjoyable is the quirky nature of the characters.
Falling Down (1993)
William Foster (Michael Douglas) is a mild-mannered office worker who is laid off from his job at the Department of Defence.
During his commute home, William cracks, leaves his car in the traffic jam and starts to walk home to see his ex-wife and daughter. As he is walking home, he channels his anger to those he encounters - the gangs to fast food burger restaurants that won’t serve him breakfast.
Although Falling Down was released in the early 90s, the issues presented in this movie are seen everywhere today. A man who loses his job. He’s estranged from his wife. And he gets stuck in a traffic jam. It would not be unrealistic to see someone crack under these pressures.
Depending on your money role, the situations the main character faces would be stressful in different ways:
Martyrs would be able to relate to this character directly. Losing a job can be stressful because of the responsibility you feel for not only yours but other people’s financial well being.
Underachievers – losing your job would undermine your self-confidence, and you would question your abilities to earn and retain money.
Reckless may throw caution to the wind, and do something that would cause further tension and stress in the future; hopefully not to the same degree as William Foster.
The Godfather, Parts I, II & III (1972, 1974, 1990)
This trilogy is the generational story of a New York Mafia family and the violent means they use to retain their power and empire. And of course at the heart of it all is money.
Gandhi is a 1982 biographical film based on the life of Mahatma Gandhi, who led the non-violent resistance movement against British colonial rule in India during the first half of the 20th century. The film stars Ben Kingsley as Gandhi, for which he won an Academy Award. The film was also given the Academy Award for Best Picture and won eight Academy Awards in total. It’s a powerful film that looks at the life of a man who completed rejected materialism.
Stay tuned as I look at movies from A to Z and the connection between Hollywood, Wall Street, and Money, Plain & Simple.
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