Trina wins $5000 on the lottery, but becomes frightened to loose it. She refuses to spend even a penny of it, and chooses to live in ever-growing poverty instead. When her husband, McTeague, tries to take control of the situation, the story takes an even darker turn.
The story is based on the gothic novel McTeague, first published in 1899, written by American novelist Frank Norris. Would you like to read the book?
Powerful even in its incomplete form, Erich von Stroheim’s Greed is a spoil of cinematic riches and a harrowing treatise on the corrupting allure of money.
Rotten Tomatoes Critics Consensus
Major accolades received by Greed (1924)
- Featured in Roger Ebert’s Great Movies list.
- Included among the 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die.
- Selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant”.
Find out more about Greed (1924)
Frank Norris: McTeague
– first published in 1899 –