Other People's Money

 (575)6.21 h 40 min1991R
A Wall Street corporate raider attempts to acquire an 81-year-old New England wire & cable company but finds himself embroiled in the fight of his life against the company CEO.
Directors
Norman Jewison
Starring
Danny DeVitoGregory PeckPenelope Ann Miller
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ComedyDramaRomance
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English [CC]
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English
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Supporting actors
Piper LaurieDean Jones
Producers
Norman JewisonRic Kidney
Studio
WARNER BROS.
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R (Restricted)
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4.6 out of 5 stars

575 global ratings

  1. 76% of reviews have 5 stars
  2. 15% of reviews have 4 stars
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Golden EarsReviewed in the United States on April 3, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
Danny DeVitos's speech at the shareholder's meeting is priceless.
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Larry the Liquidator (DeVito) is the only honest person in this movie. He clearly signals his intentions and then follows through. The shareholders are being screwed by incompetent, lazy management who are not keeping up with new technology. Larry identifies this and moves in to place the capital assets in better hands. His real opposition is the daughter (Miller) of the company President and her blocking moves makes his work a little more challenging.
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Clarence OliverReviewed in the United States on August 27, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
Danny Devito Is A Treasure
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Danny Devito is 4 Foot something, pudgy, balding, and plays a leading man across a woman that stands a foot above him, without ever making it feel unbelievable. He also stands toe to toe with Gregory Peck, in his final role. This film is a fun, if not a bit dated, look at the Corporate Takeover world of the 1980's. Danny Devito brings his character to life from the very first moment of the film, and ends it with two of the best arguments on the benefits and negatives of the corporate takeover world.

This is an ode to capitalism and a condemnation of it, it's a romance, a comedy, and a family drama, all packed into 90 minutes of entertaining back and forth repartee.
Tom L. HuffmanReviewed in the United States on November 9, 2015
4.0 out of 5 stars
this is an excellent thinking man's comedy
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Based on a stage play of the same name, this is an excellent thinking man's comedy. Very smart and entertaining script with Danny DeVito playing a comedic version of Michael Douglas's Gordon Gecko out to take over Gregory Peck's New England Wire and Cable. Penelope Miller plays Peck's daughter as the sexy, smart lawyer who tries to stop him. DeVito falls for her, but she manipulates him throughout, which is mostly played for laughs.

Both Peck and DeVito have memorable speeches at the end before the vote deciding if the plant remains open or if its assets are liquidated. Both sides are convincing.

Highly recommended.
8 people found this helpful
R. Christenson / LunamationReviewed in the United States on February 23, 2014
4.0 out of 5 stars
Cash McCall modernized.
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Other People's Money is basically a ripoff/update of Cash McCall (1959, http://www.amazon.com/Cash-McCall-HD-James-Garner/dp/B007J8XZJE/), about an entrepreneur trying to acquire a privately owned company, but falling in love with the owner's daughter in the process. But this version has the plot simplified, with less involvement of other companies or other women. Danny De Vito has the role of the corporate raider, and Gregory Peck the owner of the company, corresponding to the role played by Dean Jagger in Cash McCall (and in my opinion, as good an actor as Peck is, Dean Jagger was better as the honest small business owner.
Having said all this, it's still a great film, and the only reasons I didn't give it five stars are the way it borrowed the story but tried to appear original, and the crude sex humor that added nothing. It's well written and acted, and makes you consider both sides of the conflict.
6 people found this helpful
Philthy GReviewed in the United States on January 10, 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
It's always sunny on Wall Street......
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On this edition of Philthy Words:

Danny DeVito at his finest

Cut to the Chase: While not as heartwarming as Coco, this movie does bring a sense of warmth to my heart all the same. Why? Because it is just so satisfying to see Danny Devito as Larry the Liquidator. He brings a sadistic charm to the role of the Corporate Raider of the past..like a mini me version of Gordon Gecco. But watching him go mano y mano against Gregory Peck and Penelope Miller....best scenes ever. They all bring their all to their roles and the final proxy speech scene is nothing short of amazing. You actually root against the people when you hear it....but maybe I'm just as sadistic...
WeAreUsReviewed in the United States on January 13, 2021
4.0 out of 5 stars
Charming love story
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This is a nice movie about a capitalist meeting a corporate lawyer. In between, you have an old factory that is losing money but the owner doesn't want to sell. Devito is fabulous in this role. He is ruthless but has a nice heart inside. Good supporting cast all around.
Tanstaafl RogReviewed in the United States on August 27, 2014
5.0 out of 5 stars
An Under-appreciated Gem
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I love this movie - what a gem! Clear-eyed exposition that explains WHY a shareholder should be grateful to the likes of Larry the Liquidator, while not losing sight of the very human and altruistic motives of the company managers. Fairly represents a complex topic, and includes some great one-liners. (Paraphrasing from memory) "lawyers are like nuclear weapons - you gotta have them but if you use them you get a helluva mess..."
Also includes a cute bonus romance that at least lets you see how DeVito could be a credible romantic lead...
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Glenn R. HowesReviewed in the United States on March 21, 2005
4.0 out of 5 stars
A Welcome DVD
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I've been looking forward to the DVD version of this film for ages. It's funny, and goes against form in showing the "heartless" capitalist as a moral, likable person. The proxy battle scene is one of my favorites in all of film, with Gregory Peck and Devito forcefully advocating different views on the purpose of a company.

I will go against popular opinion and say it is strange that Devito's character falls madly in love with Penelope Miller's character. She does a lousy job playing a sexy street-smart lawyer, and all the revealing dresses in the world couldn't cover that ineptitude. Thus the 4 star review.

The DVD is a pleasant surprise. The wide screen reveals what the cinematographer was going for with the short, stocky Devito strutting across the screen. It's both comic and adds to the character seeing a little man who walks like a giant. I saw this movie on my new Dell LCD monitor and the colors are deep and beautiful, with no noticeable dirt on the print: an excellent transfer for an obscure movie. Nothing special in the way of special features, but what do you expect?
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