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Freebie and the Bean (1974)

San Francisco police detectives Freebie and Bean are determined to bust local crime boss Red Meyers at any cost, even if this means destroying the whole city in the process.

Director:

Richard Rush

Writers:

Robert Kaufman (screenplay), Floyd Mutrux (story)
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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Alan Arkin ... Bean
James Caan ... Freebie
Loretta Swit ... Mildred - Red Meyers' Wife
Jack Kruschen ... Red Meyers
Mike Kellin ... Lt. Rosen
Paul Koslo ... Whitey
Linda Marsh ... Barbara - Freebie's Girl
John Garwood ... Chauffeur
Alex Rocco ... D.A.
Valerie Harper ... Consuelo - Bean's Wife
Christopher Morley Christopher Morley ... Transvestite
Bruce Mackey Bruce Mackey ... Floorwalker
Monty Stickles Monty Stickles ... Texas Brawler
Charles Bail Charles Bail ... Cadillac Salesman (as Chuck Bail)
Eddy Donno ... Bag Man (as Eddie Donno)
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Storyline

Freebie and Bean, two San Francisco police detectives, have one goal in life: to bring down Red Meyers, a local hijacking boss. After many fruitless months they finally collect an important piece of evidence. However, before they can get an arrest warrant, they hear the news of the hitman being hired to kill Meyers. Written by Dragan Antulov <dragan.antulov@altbbs.fido.hr>

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Above all... It's a love story.

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Action | Comedy | Crime | Drama

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

25 December 1974 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Der Superschnüffler See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$3,000,000
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Linda Marsh's character, Freebie's girlfriend, is reading T.E. Lawrence, who the film Lawrence of Arabia is about: Five years earlier she appeared with Omar Sharif, who himself co-starred in Lawrence of Arabia, in the movie Che. See more »

Goofs

The boom mike is visible when Freebie and Bean pay a visit to Meyer's home. See more »

Quotes

Freebie: Ta-Dah !
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Crazy Credits

During opening credits, as people walk in front of the camera, the older names are erased and the newer names appear. See more »

Alternate Versions

UK cinema and video versions were cut by 29 seconds by the BBFC to remove a face kick and to reduce the number of shots fired into the transvestite from 5 to 2. The version shown on Film Four is uncut and intact. See more »

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Referenced in Reservoir Dogs (1992) See more »

Soundtracks

When You Need Someone
Music and lyrics by Dominic Frontiere, Bobby Hart, Danny Janssen
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A Lost 1970's classic. What a belter.
6 August 2005 | by El-ScotchoSee all my reviews

The Daddy of 'em all. The original & still the best. Arkin & Caan are on top form as (you saw it here first) mis-matched, loose-cannon cops, who leave a trail of destruction (oh, beautiful destruction!) in their wake. With it being the 70's, the language is somewhat 'colourful', which just adds to Caan's character. Foul-mouthed 70's cops, don't you just love 'em? The stunts are top-notch and spectacular, not to mention highly original and almost comic book (The car pile-up scene & 'that' scene where they crash the car)

Rush's direction is excellent as well. He only made this because he couldn't get 'The Stunt Man' off the ground! (which is another corker) Altogether an very, VERY enjoyable romp (COP-romp, that is) The film was virtually remade as Lethal weapon 4 (not to mention 1, 2 & 3!)

My favourite scene is the ludicrous fight in the restaurant kitchen, where Rush must've just said 'try to destroy everything you can in this scene, boys'. Which they did. Brilliant.


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