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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.

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Cast

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Mildred - Meyers' Wife
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Red Meyers
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Lt. Rosen
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Whitey
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Barbara - Freebie's Girl
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Chauffeur
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D.A.
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Consuelo - 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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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

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25 December 1974 (USA)  »

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Dos contra todos  »

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Freebie and the Bean became an action-comedy after lead actors Alan Arkin and James Caan met for improvisational sessions in which they explored a more comedic approach to the characters' relationship. 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: Ta-Dah !
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Connections

Referenced in Reservoir Dogs (1992) See more »

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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 (Planet Earth) – See 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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