Other People's Money


directed by Norman Jewison


I Love Money   

1) What are your initial impressions of Lawrence Garfield? Does this opening scene prepare you to like or to dislike him?

New England Wire and Cable

1) Why is Garfield interested in buying New England Wire and Cable? What does he intend to do with his company?

2) Why does Jorgy resist Garfield?'s offer? Is he unable to understand how Garfield plans to earn a profit for the company's stockholders?

3) In what ways does this scene present a contrast between Garfield and Jorgy? With whom do you most sympathize?

4) How does Garfield's obsession with donuts affect your view of him?

Kate Sullivan

1) Who is Kate Sullivan?

2) What is Kate's plan for saving Jorgy's company from Garfield's takeover?

3) How does she persuade Garfield to compromise on the timing?

And then what?

1) Why is Kate angry with Garfield?

2) Why does Kate object to Garfield's calling this a game? When Garfield explains that the objective is to "make as much as you can for as long as you can," Kate asks, "and then what"? Is it a good question?

3) Garfield suggests he is doing the American thing, being a good citizen of a capitalist economy, is he?

4) Garfield also connects his behavior with Darwin's law of survival of the fittest? Is that an American or capitalist idea? Why or why not?

5) What is Kate's response to Garfield, "the fattest" who "is happening"? Is she right there should be a change in the laws in order to deal with his kind, or, alternatively, is Garfield right that the rules don't matter, that he can adapt?

Love and Money

1) What do we learn about Garfield when he tells Kate about Gloria Taylor, the quarterback's girlfriend?

2) Why does Garfield consider "greenmail" immoral?

3) Garfield compares himself to Robin Hood-why?

4) Does Garfield respect Kate? Explain your answer.

Certain death

1) What does Kate think Jorgy should do? Why doesn't he follow her advice?

2) Consider Jorgy's response to Gus, and to Bill. Does he do the right thing by them? Why or why not?

3) What does Jorgy mean when he says he won't plan the funeral until someone is dead. Does this make good business sense? Good moral sense?

Marry Me?

1) Why does Garfield ask Kate to marry him?

2) What is Kate's reaction to Garfield's proposal? Why does she react the way she does?

Before the vote

1) What do you make of Bea's response to Jorgy? Is her advice good? What's the source of her pride?

2) What does Jorgy's esteem for Truman say about him?

3) Jorgy asks, "what ever happened to people serving each other"? Does Jorgy's position really serve people? Explain.

We care about people

1) Consider Jorgy's speech to the stockholders. What his argument?

2) How does Jorgy suggest Garfield differs from the robber barons of old? Does the distinction matter?

3) Is the country's future in jeopardy if the stockholders vote to sell, as Jorgy suggests, that is, is the harsh nature of the profit motive debilitating to moral order?

4) Is Jorgy persuasive? After hearing this speech, how would you vote?

I'm your only friend

1) What is the argument Garfield offers in reply to Jorgy?

2) After hearing Garfield, how would you vote and why?

3) Explain how Garfield picks up on Jorgy's imagery in his speech. Is his an effective response to Jorgy's argument, why or why not?

It's money that I love

1) Why does Garfield seem unhappy, after his victory? Does he really love money?

2) What does Kate's creativity suggest about her? How does she differ from Garfield?

3) How does Garfield respond to Kate's proposal? Why?


1) How would Locke and Smith react to Other People's Money?

2) What does Other People's Money teach us about liberal, capitalist society and its critics? Answer with reference to at least three of our authors.

3) Does Kate show that Marx's material determinism, his insistence that capital and resources determine history, is flawed? That is, in what ways does Kate reflect the persistence of freedom, ingenuity and industriousness in capitalist society? In what ways is she a prisoner of the system?

4) Consider Jorgy's character. Which of our authors would best defend his position? How would he do so?

5) Consider Other People's Money and Smith. Pay particular attention to the speehes given by Jorgy and Garfield. In what ways wouls Smith agree or disagree with each of these men?