Freebie and the Bean Reviews

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Super Reviewer
June 10, 2007
Thoroughly awesome, the first real buddy cop film is also one of the best. Totally ridiculous and full of shenanigans.
FilmFanatik
Super Reviewer
February 4, 2010
I don't really know if Freebie and the Bean classifies as the first buddy cop film, but if it is, it's the best one I've ever seen. It's hard to believe that a comedy like this starring Alan Arkin and James Caan as a duo was ever made, but it was. The dialogue feels fresh and must have been adlibbed. The caper isn't much of a caper but that isn't really the point. The point is following these two lunatics around in their daily lives from one catastrophe to the next and enjoying every minute of it. The Warner Archive put this out not too long ago with a terrific picture but only the trailer as an extra. I hope this gets some special edition love sometime soon as it's a terrific little gem.
Super Reviewer
September 25, 2009
It?s a classic, it?s one of the best buddy/cop movies ever, the formula has often been copied but has never been bettered. Arkin and Caan are brilliant together. Release it on DVD damn it!!
½ November 22, 2009
Lots of car chases and car wrecks, there is plenty of action in this film, but it goes on way too long and the story wears very thin after awhile. The stars work well together, and Valerie Harper has a good bit as Alan Arkin's latin wife.
February 19, 2008
This 1974 Dirty Harry era genre, COP Buddy Comedy filmed in San Francisco, with two of my favorite actors James Caan & Alin Arkin who are two dysfunctional S.F.P.D Inspectors who nearly demolish the entire City Of San Francisco along with a clear wanton destruction of City property i.e. classic car pursuit scene that ends up with there Police Car smashing into the side of a third floor Apartment on the Embarcadero Freeway Ramp ( demolished 1990 ) and a can't miss gun scene with Freebie & Bean unloading two Guns a piece at a hitman in a Sunset Ave Bowling Alley Men's Room Stall. With a great supporting cast like Loretta ( T.V.'s M.A.S.H ) Swit, Mike Kellin Paul Koslo, Jack Kruschen and Valerie ( TV's Rhoda ) Harper plus the Title Music of Dominic Frontiere..... if you have lived in the Bay Area... it's a must see.
June 29, 2007
Love this film!!! The predecessor to the Lethal Weapon films. Caan and Arkin are just as cool and funny as Riggs and Murtaugh. A must see if you love buddy cop films!
½ May 22, 2007
One of the funniest car chase scenes ever. James Caan and Alan Arkin are great together here. A buddy comedy before Lethal Weapon.
½ October 6, 2006
Long before cop buddy movies were popular there was these two crazy and zany cops who do everything wrong trying to get their man. The film has plenty of action and adventure, including running a car off a bridge and into an apartment building, while still being a good comedy movie.
½ October 3, 2006
5.5/10. Lots of car chases and car wrecks, there is plenty of action in this film, but it goes on way too long and the story wears very thin after awhile. The stars work well together, and Valerie Harper has a good bit as Alan Arkin's latin wife.
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