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Freebie and the Bean (1974)

R  |   |  Action, Comedy, Crime  |  25 December 1974 (USA)
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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.

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Meyers' Wife
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Red Meyers
Mike Kellin ...
Lt. Rosen
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Whitey
Linda Marsh ...
Freebie's Girl
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Chauffeur
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D.A.
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Bean's Wife
Christopher Morley ...
Transvestite
Bruce Mackey ...
Floorwalker
Monty Stickles ...
Texas Brawler
Charles Bail ...
Cadillac Salesman (as Chuck Bail)
Eddy Donno ...
Bag Man (as Eddie Donno)
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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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Trivia

Producer-director Rush said that the film contained "four major chase scenes and over 100 car crashes" and that it was comprised of many short scenes which required constant changing of filming locations throughout the day. See more »

Goofs

When Freebie and the Bean lose the head-on collision battle with the van, their crumbling Ford then makes a right turn down a wrong way street, and collapses on the right-hand side of the street. In the next shot, the car is way on the left and even next to another car which wasn't there previously. See more »

Quotes

Freebie: Hi, Fred. We got a little accident. Could you send a tow truck, please, to 618 Elm Street? Hold it. It's the, uh, third floor, apartment 304.
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Classic 70's actioner!
21 November 2000 | by (NYC) – See all my reviews

A mainstay on cable in the 70's, Freebie and the Bean is by no means "great" but it certainly is thoroughly entertaining to anyone who doesn't let political correctness stand in their way.

This is no doubt a film that can offend; the two cops (especially Caan) use muscle whenever they can; a crossdresser is treated horribly and insulted; there's some racial humor. But hey, this was made in 1974 when people simply weren't as uptight as they are now.

It's a goofy movie, it has goofy music, goofy comedy and a goofy script. The goofiness, violence and non-political correctness of this flick make for an odd mix, but it's an entertaining mix. Cann and Arkin are great in their roles, and show geniune affection and friendship for each other as they try to keep a criminal alive to break a case.

Car chase fans especially like this movie, and there are some classic chases here! The highlight chase shows the duo chasing after a blue car with some truly amazing stuntwork.

All in all if you aren't the easily offended type, and like some goofy comedy mixed with action, it's worth a spin, if only to see how movies were made when not under a watchdog's microscope.


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