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Brewster's Millions (1985)

PG | | Comedy | 22 May 1985 (USA)
A minor league baseball player has to spend thirty million dollars in thirty days, in order to inherit three hundred million dollars. However, he's not allowed to tell anyone about the deal.

Director:

Walter Hill

Writers:

George Barr McCutcheon (based on the novel by), Herschel Weingrod (screenplay) | 1 more credit »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Richard Pryor ... Montgomery Brewster
John Candy ... Spike Nolan
Lonette McKee ... Angela Drake
Stephen Collins ... Warren Cox
Jerry Orbach ... Charley Pegler
Pat Hingle ... Edward Roundfield
Tovah Feldshuh ... Marilyn
Hume Cronyn ... Rupert Horn
Joe Grifasi ... J.B. Donaldo
Peter Jason ... Chuck Fleming
David White ... George Granville
Jerome Dempsey ... Norris Baxter
David Wohl ... Eugene Provost
Ji-Tu Cumbuka ... Melvin
Milt Kogan ... Heller
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Storyline

Brewster is a minor league baseball player. Unknown to him, he had a (recently deceased) rich relative. In order to test if Brewster knows the value of money, he is given the task of disposing of $30m in 30 days. Brewster isn't allowed to have any assets to show for the $30m or waste the money in any way. If successful, Brewster gets to inherit $300m. The biggest problem of all however, is that Brewster can't tell anyone what he's doing, so everyone thinks he's crazy. Add to this the fact that if he fails, two scheming trustees will get their hands on the money, Brewster's task is not an easy one. Written by Rob Hartill

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

He has 30 million to spend in 30 days - and he's doing it in the craziest, funniest way ever! See more »

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 May 1985 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Brewster's Millions See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$9,858,905, 27 May 1985

Gross USA:

$40,833,132

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$45,833,132
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Company Credits

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The Hackensack Bulls' baseball park was a set from Bay City Blues (1983), formerly located at the LADWP Valley Generating Station in Sun Valley, California. See more »

Goofs

When Brewster is asked to go into the board room at the beginning of the film they first call him Mr Rooster and then Brewster each time after. Even the subtitles reflects this. See more »

Quotes

[discussing the redecoration of Monty's room]
Marilyn: Imagine this. Mesopotamia...
Monty Brewster: Mesopotamia...
Marilyn: meets Busby Berkeley.
Monty Brewster: Busby Berkeley...
[Monty has a bewildered look on his face]
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Connections

Referenced in Z Channel: A Magnificent Obsession (2004) See more »

Soundtracks

In the Nick of Time
Words & Music by Huey Lewis and Ry Cooder
Performed by Patti LaBelle
Courtesy of MCA Records, Inc.
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User Reviews

 
Critically acclaimed or not, this comedy hits the spot
30 June 2005 | by OHHLASee all my reviews

When people think of the long legacy of Richard Pryor as a comedian, this film may not be at the top of the list. He has achieved greater heights personally and professionally elsewhere. Many Pryor fans may have skipped over this one altogether with a catalog of films to choose from that include luminaries from "Car Wash" to "Stir Crazy" to "Harlem Nights." That's unfortunate really, because as comedic performances go, Pryor strikes pure gold in this unheralded film. His manic energy, his sheer frustration with the impossibility of his dilemma (spend 30 million dollars until you are dead broke and not have a single penny or asset left at the end, in order to inherit three HUNDRED million) and the fact that he channels so much believability into what would otherwise be absurd are highly laudable. With an excellent supporting cast that included the likes of John Candy and Jerry Orbach, it's hard to imagine anyone too jaded to enjoy this film. It's ridiculous and over the top, to be sure, but it's also supremely funny in a way much more pretentious comedies can't touch. Pryor breathes life into the film and the film glows as a result. Whether it's on your personal "best comedy" list or not, it's not a film you can easily excuse not watching whether a Pryor fan or not. From third rate baseball playing bum, to toast of the town millionaire, back to a bum again before a highly rewarding ending comedically and emotionally, "Brewster's Millions" pulls off the best trick of all - it makes the viewer feel like a million bucks for having watched it.


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