When her son is kidnapped, the distraught mother must beg her tight-fisted father-in-law, J. Paul Getty, the world’s richest man, to pay the ransom.
“After her son’s kidnapping, a broke/distraught divorcee must persuade her ultra rich father-in-law to pay a ransom of $17 million”
I squeezed in ‘divorcee‘ & that ginormous ransom, to give us why he would be reluctant to pay. If I could fit in ‘the world’s richest man‘, I would.
Secondly, I meant ‘not mentioning based on a true story of…‘; mentioning his name isn’t an issue, but expecting everybody to know it, is. Because he might be rich and famous, but a commoner doesn’t know him; invoking that could be tough…
I switched ‘beg’ with ‘persuade’ because as dramatic her goal is, she can’t stop at ‘begging’ if it fails (I don’t know what she did in the film, so take my word with a grain of salt)
Sounds like kurosawa’s ‘high and low’ (1963)
I have yet to see this film but ‘to beg her father-in-law’ doesn’t seem like an act which can sustain an entire feature film… Hooking it still is!
It needs to clear up why he wouldn’t pay when he can afford it (being the richest man, however tight fisted he might be)
It should be ‘..A distraught mother’ instead of ‘..HIS distraught mother’
>>> but ‘to beg her father-in-law’ doesn’t seem like an act which can sustain an entire feature film
That’s the plot line. She begs, beseeches him over and over to meet the kidnappers demands of a $17 million ransom to free his grandson. Which is eventually discounted to $3 million – pocket change for him. But as she is divorced from J. Paul Getty’ son and alienated from J. Paul Getty, he won’t ante up the ransom.
>>but I didn’t know who ‘Getty’ was
But anyone in Hollyweird with the clout to greenlight the project would as the Roman villa he built in Malibu became the Getty museum after his death.
I agree with variable — ‘to beg’ doesn’t seem like the most compelling action a screenplay could give to its protagonist. Perhaps that’s part of the reason why this flick failed to make all the money in the world? (apparently 56M worldwide, against a 50M budget …)