Freebie and the Bean (1974)

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Freebie (James Caan) and the Bean (Alan Arkin) are a pair of San Francisco cops. Red Meyers (Jack Kruschen) is the mobster whom Freebie and the Bean would like to see behind bars -- or, failing that, six feet under. Nothing stands in the way of the cops' pursuit of Meyers, meaning that private property is given quite a going-over in this picture. The film's most memorable scene finds Freebie and the Bean crashing their car into a poor schnook's living room. TV favorites Loretta Swit and Valerie Harper play the only female roles worth mentioning. The racist and sexist humor in Freebie and the Bean may not go over as well today as it did in the politically incorrect early '70s.
Rating:
R (for language and sexual content)
Genre:
Action & Adventure , Comedy , Drama
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Cast

Alan Arkin
as Bean
James Caan
as Freebie
Loretta Swit
as Meyers' Wife
Jack Kruschen
as Red Meyers
Mike Kellin
as Lt. Rosen
Linda Marsh
as Freebie's Girl
Paul Koslo
as Whitey
John Garwood
as Chauffeur
Robert H. Harris
as Michigan Phil
Alex Rocco
as District Attorney
Whitey Hughes
as Broder
Valerie Harper
as Bean's Wife
Christopher Morley
as Transvestite
Marvin Walters
as Policeman
Frank Orsatti
as Laundry Truck Driver
Ted Duncan
as Chicken Truck Driver
Gary Johnson
as Liquor Truck Driver
Kathryn Witt
as Whitey's Girl
Jerry Walter
as Salesman
Thomas Huff
as Bellboy
John Powers
as Dentist
Gary Kent
as Ambulance Attendant
Eddy Donno
as Bag Man
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Critic Reviews for Freebie and the Bean

All Critics (10) | Top Critics (4)

Freebie (James Caan) is a cop whose corruption is supposed to be charming.

Full Review… | May 17, 2013
TIME Magazine
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | October 17, 2008
Variety
Top Critic

On the whole, a film one can live without.

Full Review… | January 25, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | May 8, 2005
New York Times
Top Critic

The humor is tasteless and racist, but the action scenes are fantastically choreographed and executed.

Full Review… | May 17, 2013
TV Guide

No excerpt available.

Full Review… | October 21, 2009
Film Threat

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.

Pat Healy
Pat Healy

Thoroughly awesome, the first real buddy cop film is also one of the best. Totally ridiculous and full of shenanigans.

Ken Stachnik
Ken Stachnik

Super Reviewer

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.

Tim Salmons
Tim Salmons

Super Reviewer

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