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Money for Nothing (1993)

An unemployed man finds a money bag of $1.2 million after it dropped off an armored car.

Director:

Ramón Menéndez

Writers:

Mark Bowden (article), Ramón Menéndez (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
John Cusack ... Joey Coyle
Debi Mazar ... Monica Russo
Michael Madsen ... Detective Laurenzi
Benicio Del Toro ... Dino Palladino
Michael Rapaport ... Kenny Kozlowski
Maury Chaykin ... Vincente Goldoni
James Gandolfini ... Billy Coyle
Fionnula Flanagan ... Mrs. Coyle
Elizabeth Bracco ... Eleanor Coyle
Ashleigh Dejon ... Katie Coyle
Lenny Venito ... Hrbek
Philip Seymour Hoffman ... Cochran (as Philip S. Hoffman)
Currie Graham ... Dunleavy
Frankie Faison ... Madigan
Ed Pansullo Ed Pansullo ... Carini
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Storyline

When unemployed dockworker Joey Coyle finds $1.2 million that fell off of an armored car, he decides to do the logical thing: take the money and run. After all, he says, finders keepers. He turns to his ex-girlfriend Monica, who works in an investment firm, for advice, before turning to the mob for help laundering the money. While Joey makes plans to leave the country, however, a detective is following his ever-warmer trail in order to recover the cash. Written by James Meek <james@oz.net>

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Taglines:

There were a million reasons to give the money back. But Joey Coyle couldn't think of one. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Crime | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and a scene of sexuality | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 September 1993 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Joey Coyle Story See more »

Filming Locations:

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$11,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$491,206, 12 September 1993

Gross USA:

$1,039,824

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,039,824
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (DuArt)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

In real life, Joey Coyle and the mobster did not force the car into water, but simply drove to New Jersey and abandoned it. Also, in real life, three people saw Coyle find and take the money, unlike in the movie where the movie Coyle does stop to check to see if anyone was around when he found the money and sees nobody (in fact in the movie a homeless boy saw him, but was hidden from view). See more »

Goofs

Joey Coyle found the 1.2 million dollars in 1981. There is a scene where the Philadelphia Flyers are on TV and you can see player Rod Brind Amour who didn't join the Flyers until 1991. The year Joey found the money Rod Brind Amour was only eleven years old. See more »

Quotes

[about the money]
Joey Coyle: Think about it Kenny. Did we hurt anyone?
Kenny Kozlowski: No.
Joey Coyle: Did we steal it from anyone?
Kenny Kozlowski: No.
Joey Coyle: Are we giving it back. *Hell no!*
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World Family
Written by Craig Marjanian and Yvette Marine
Performed by Yvette Marine
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Great cast, average premise
30 July 2007 | by SuperunknovvnSee all my reviews

"Money For Nothing" is a watchable little movie, but nothing spectacular. How could it be really, when it's based on a premise that's not particularly interesting in the first place? A guy finds some money and the police is looking for the money. There you go.

The real reason to watch this is the amazing cast, which wasn't very well known yet in 1993 when this movie was made. Michael Madsen, Benicio Del Toro, Philip Seymour Hoffman and James Gandolfini all in one movie, that's really a treat. The shining light, however, is the leading star himself. This may not be John Cusack's best movie, but it may very well be his best performance.

"Money For Nothing" suffers a bit from the fact that it can't decide whether it wants to be a drama, a crime story or a comedy. Still, it makes for an enjoyable viewing. Catch it, if it's on TV.


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