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Twenty Bucks (1993)




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This fascinating chronicle of the life and times of a twenty dollar bill was originally written by Endre Boehm in 1935 and languished forgotten on the shelf until his son Leslie resurrected it after his father's death, and updated the script. (Both received screenwriter credit for the released version). The scrap of currency's journey begins after it is spit out of a downtown Minneapolis ATM machine into the hands of a busy young mother. It's a windy day, and the crisp bill is blown out of her hands into those of a bag lady who uses it on the lottery because she believes the serial numbers are lucky. Unfortunately, the bill is plucked from her hands by a light-fingered skate boarder who uses the money at a local bakery. From there the bill's odyssey takes it to a wide variety of places including a wedding, a stripper's g-string, a con artist's scam, and a robbery. It ends up used as a note pad, a birthday present, a coaster, and a fishing contest trophy. Interestingly, every one who encounters the bill changes in some way.more
Rating: R
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Leslie Bohem, Endre Bohem, Endre Bohem
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On DVD: Jul 4, 2005
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment


Linda Hunt
as Angeline
Gladys Knight
as Mrs. McCormac
Concetta Tomei
as Sam's Mother
Kamau Holloway
as Bobby McCormac
William H. Macy
as Property Clerk
Diane Baker
as Ruth Adams
Nina Siemaszko
as Bank Teller
Alan North
as Bruce Adams
Kevin Kilner
as Gary Adams
Ned Bellamy
as Bowling Alley Entrpr...
Peggy Miley
as Aunt Zoha
Rosemary Murphy
as Aunt Dotty
Jeremy Piven
as Nervous Quick-Mart C...
Valente Rodriguez
as Liquor Store Clerk
Adam Ryen
as Patrick's Friend
David Schwimmer
as Neil Campbell
David Fresco
as Uncle Stash
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All Critics (11) | Top Critics (4)

There's no deep point to be made; the device is simply an excuse to tell half a dozen short stories. But the very lightness of the premise gives the film a kind of freedom.

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Chicago Sun-Times
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Audience Reviews for Twenty Bucks


As a twenty-dollar bill circulates, various classes of people assign it differing values.
American class differences reveal themselves in this fine but didactic film. The conceit is interesting enough, and the stories and characters are all engaging, from the thieves to the engaged couple, but when it all comes together, in a haphazard Altman imitation, it's hard to discern that we've seen anything new or remarkable.
Overall, this is a good concept, well-executed, but not as "important" as it might think.

Jim Hunter

Super Reviewer


This was originally written in 1935, but put aside and forgotten about for almost 6 decades. After the screenwriter's death, his son found this forgotten work, read and fell in love with it, and, after updating it for contemporary times, decided to finally have a film made out of it.

What we get here is a glimpse into the surprising life and times of a twenty dollar bill and the people that directly and indirectly come into contact with it. It's not a truly unique idea in general, but the use of such a ubiquitous object is. Having it solely focus on the bill would be boring, so what we really get presented with is a look at the lives of the people the bill comes in and out of contact with. They come from all walks of life and economic social classes, so, in effect, this is a clever little film that shows almost the full make up of the denizens of an anonymous American city.

Some of the many types of people that get followed include a lottery obsessed homeless woman, an aspiring writer working as a waitress, a veteran thief trying to train an unpredictable new partner, and a groom to be whose not too sure about his father-in-law to be.

The characters are made up of an impressive ensemble cast that includes names like Linda Hunt, Christopher Lloyd, Steve Buscemi, Elisabeth Shue, Brendan Fraser, among several others. They all do a pretty decent job, but my favorites are the first three people I mentioned. The film is presented as interwoven vignettes, and, while they're not uniformly great quality-wise, none of them are really terrible.

All in all this is a really fun and enjoyable film that's sadly underrated. Do yourself a favor and look it up.

Chris Weber

Super Reviewer

Good actors, interesting idea but sloppy execution

jay nixon

Super Reviewer

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