Freebie and the Bean (1974)
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as District Attorney
as Red Meyers
as Meyers' Wife
as Lt. Rosen
as Michigan Phil
as Bean's Wife
as Ambulance Attendant
as Whitey's Girl
as Laundry Truck Driver
as Freebie's Girl
as Chicken Truck Driver
as Liquor Truck Driver
as Bag Man
Critic Reviews for Freebie and the Bean
Freebie (James Caan) is a cop whose corruption is supposed to be charming.
Richard Rush's tasteless film, from a spitball script by Robert Kaufman, utilized lots of stunt and action crews disturbing the peace all over San Francisco.
It has a cast of otherwise good actors doing bits of business (sometimes called acting) as if they thought they could upstage all of the movie's automobiles, which are seldom still.
The humor is tasteless and racist, but the action scenes are fantastically choreographed and executed.
Audience Reviews for Freebie and the Bean
Amazing. A real one of a kind movie and one of the most gut-bustingly funny things ever. Totally insane.
Thoroughly awesome, the first real buddy cop film is also one of the best. Totally ridiculous and full of shenanigans.
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.
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