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The Million Dollar Rip-Off (1976)

Not Rated | | Crime, Drama | TV Movie 22 September 1976
An electronics genius, who is an ex-con, and four of his lady friends devise a plot to steal millions of dollars from the Chicago Transit Authority. A detective, who had been keeping tabs ... See full summary »


Alexander Singer


Andrew Peter Marin (television story), Andrew Peter Marin (teleplay) | 2 more credits »
Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. See more awards »


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Part of the fledgling HBO cable channel's monthly series "On Location", which featured a different comedian or showcase for up and coming comics. Premiering in 1976, Freddie Prinze and ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Freddie Prinze ... Muff Kovak
Allen Garfield ... Lieutenant Ralph Fogherty
Christine Belford ... Lil
Linda Scruggs Linda Scruggs ... Helene (as Linda Scruggs Bogart)
Joanna Kerns ... Jessie (as Joanna DeVarona)
Brooke Mills Brooke Mills ... Kitty
James Sloyan ... Lubeck
Bob Hastings ... Sergeant Frank Jarrett
Gary Vinson ... Hennessy
Robert P. Lieb Robert P. Lieb ... Brown
Danny Goldring
Al Checco Al Checco
Colin Hamilton Colin Hamilton ... Funeral Director
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An electronics genius, who is an ex-con, and four of his lady friends devise a plot to steal millions of dollars from the Chicago Transit Authority. A detective, who had been keeping tabs on him since he got out of prison, suspects that he is up to something and tries to catch him at it. Written by Anonymous

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First Time on TV! Get ready for a brand new Freddie as the fast-moving leader of a gang of four beautiful girls - with a beautiful scheme to rip off a big city transit system.


Crime | Drama


Not Rated






Release Date:

22 September 1976 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Money to Burn See more »

Filming Locations:

Skokie, Illinois, USA See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Movie no Rip-off for viewers
26 January 2004 | by luckymama58See all my reviews

This movie is typical of the made for TV movies produced back in the 1970's. The film quality is OK and the acting is methodical in places. It is the first (and only, unfortunately) role for Freddie Prinze that allows us to see him outside of his more generally well know genre of comedy. His performance has a lot of unrealized potential as a dramatic actor. Prinze had commented after this movie was made that he was disappointed in the movie. The critics of the day didn't think much of it either, so I went into this movie not expecting much. But I was pleasantly surprised that the plot was not as predictable as one might have thought. I found myself on the edge of my seat wondering whether the criminals would get away with the heist. And there were a few surprise plot twists in the movie. The most disappointing part of the movie was the acting of the actresses playing Muff Kovack's gang. Even though this movie might not rate high, Prinze's performance will make this a must for collectors of his work, especially since there isn't much of it due to his untimely death.

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