Two old, bored and fabulously wealthy brothers, Roderick and Oliver Montpelier, strike up a cruel wager. They draw up a currency note worth £1 million. Roderick believes it would be quite useless for any poor but honest man to use. Oliver however believes that - just by possessing the note and never cashing it - any man could live like a lord. To find out who is right, the two old millionaires pick on Henry Adams (Gregory Peck), a young and impoverished American hopelessly adrift in London. Will the £1 million pound note change his life for the better or the worse?
An incredible example of a timeless story...
- The Million Pound Note review by Josh
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Whether in the 1954, or 2004, the message is the same. The message is timeless, the film, a classic. This film takes the viewer on a journey of a penniless and homeless gentleman. Without any apparent immediate prospects, Henry Adams is walking down the street while looking for work. Roderick and Oliver request that he enter their house and presents him with an envelope. They give him the envelope and insist that he does not open it until 2PM. While in a restaurant, he opens the letter, discovers the £1,000,000 note inside - much to the surprise of the restaurant proprietor who was trying to have Henry settle the bill and leave at the earliest opportunity.
On presenting the £1,000,000 we observe many peoples opinions and attitudes towards Henry Adams. And a somewhat unintended twist confirms the fickle nature of society.