Rated: R For adult language and content. Reviewed by: Frank and Chris Release date: October 18, 1991
The 1980s became the decade of the corporate takeover. Companies that were just holding their own, had good assets and weren't making large profits for their stockholders, were ripe for the taking.
Lawrence "The Liquidator" Garfield (Danny DeVito) is one of the best in the field. He has a suite of offices, a large number of lawyers on his payroll and plenty of cash at his disposal. He's motivated by his love for money.
Garfield sets his sights on New England Wire and Cable, a family business headed by Mr. Jorgenson (Gregory Peck). It's a thriving, if not totally profitable business. Jorgenson is a hands-on owner, who's so close to his worker, he has group photos taken at Thanksgiving.
The plant hires Kate Sullivan (Penelope Ann Miller -- The Freshman and Kindergarten Cop) a savvy, sexy lawyer to counter Garfield's takeover bid. Kate is every bit Garfield's equal. He's attracted by her, but he loves the game too much to give an inch. They're kindred spirits, urged on by sexual and professional sparring.
Dean Jones, who hasn't been seen for a while, is very good as the plant president who has to decide between his loyalty to the company or his chance to make a quick profit on his stock. Gregory Peck is the ultimate elder statesman as he makes an impassioned speech as a last ditch effort to save his company.
DeVito has played this part before, the ruthless wheeler-dealer with softness about him and he does it very well. It's Miller who steals the show. She's smart and calculating and can hold her own with the big boys. She's a marvel.
Other People's Money is a funny, intelligent comedy with punch.
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