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Robert Kaufman (screenplay)
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Release Date:
25 December 1974 (USA) See more »
Above all... It's a love story.
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Nominated for Golden Globe. Another 1 win & 1 nomination See more »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Alan Arkin ... Bean

James Caan ... Freebie

Loretta Swit ... Mildred - Meyers' Wife

Jack Kruschen ... Red Meyers

Mike Kellin ... Lt. Rosen

Paul Koslo ... Whitey
Linda Marsh ... Barbara - Freebie's Girl

John Garwood ... Chauffeur

Alex Rocco ... D.A.

Valerie Harper ... 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)
Robert Harris ... Michigan Phil
Whitey Hughes ... Broder
John Vick ... Policeman
Marvin Walters ... Policeman
Frank Orsatti ... Laundry Truck Driver
Ted Duncan ... Chicken Truck Driver
Gray Johnson ... Liquor Truck Driver (as Gary Johnson)
Sheila Kayne ... Apple Lady
Kathryn Witt ... Whitey's Girl (as Kathie Witt)
George Burrafato ... Vendor
Regina Parton ... Fighting Lady
Maurice Argent ... Tailor
Jerry Walter ... Salesman
Tommy J. Huff ... Bellboy (as Thomas Huff)
John Powers ... Dentist
Terris Hall ... Nurse
Bill Shannon ... Sammy (as Billy Shannon)
Gary Kent ... Ambulance Attendant
James De Closs ... Ambulance Attendant (as James Decloss)
Marrietta Schmidt ... Woman at Stadium
Mike Bast ... Motorcyclist
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Evel Knievel ... Motorcyclist (uncredited)

Sacheen Littlefeather ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Tom Steele ... Old Man in Bed (uncredited)

Directed by
Richard Rush 
Writing credits
Robert Kaufman (screenplay)

Floyd Mutrux (story)

Produced by
Floyd Mutrux .... executive producer
Anthony Ray .... associate producer (as Tony Ray)
Richard Rush .... producer
Original Music by
Dominic Frontiere 
Cinematography by
László Kovács (director of photography) (as Laszlo Kovacs)
Film Editing by
Michael S. McLean  (as Michael McLean)
Fredric Steinkamp 
Casting by
Nessa Hyams (uncredited)
Art Direction by
Hilyard M. Brown  (as Hilyard Brown)
Set Decoration by
Ruby R. Levitt  (as Ruby Levitt)
Makeup Department
Joan Phillips .... hair stylist
Don Schoenfeld .... makeup artist (as Donald Schoenfeld)
Production Management
Anthony Ray .... unit production manager (as Tony Ray)
Sheila Scott .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Charles Ball .... second unit director
Lorin Bennett Salob .... second assistant director (as Lorin Salob)
Christopher Seitz .... first assistant director (as Chris Seitz)
William Saint John .... trainee assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Jerry Graham .... property master
Pat Grande .... construction coordinator (uncredited)
Bob Hermann .... leadman (uncredited)
Gary F. Kieldrup .... assistant props (uncredited)
Moe Larson .... painter (uncredited)
Emanuel Rittmiller .... swingman (uncredited)
Sound Department
James M. Falkinburg .... sound effects (as James Nelson)
Arthur Piantadosi .... sound re-recording mixer
Sam F. Shaw .... sound effects (as Sam Shaw)
Barry Thomas .... sound mixer
Victor Goode .... mikeman (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Sass Bedig .... special effects
Hal Millar .... special effects (uncredited)
Ernie Smith .... special effects (uncredited)
Tim Smyth .... special effects (uncredited)
Charles Bail .... stunt coordinator (as Chuck Bail)
Phil Adams .... stunts (uncredited)
Mike Bast .... stunts (uncredited)
Pamela Bebermeyer .... stunts (uncredited)
Calvin Brown .... stunts (uncredited)
Hank Calia .... stunts (uncredited)
Eddy Donno .... stunts (uncredited)
Ted Duncan .... stunts (uncredited)
Kenny Endoso .... stunts (uncredited)
Leonard P. Geer .... stunts (uncredited)
Tommy J. Huff .... stunts (uncredited)
Whitey Hughes .... stunts (uncredited)
Dean Jeffries .... stunts (uncredited)
Gray Johnson .... stunts (uncredited)
Kevin N. Johnston .... stunts (uncredited)
Peaches Jones .... stunts (uncredited)
Gary Kent .... stunts (uncredited)
Gene LeBell .... stunts (uncredited)
Minor Mustain .... stunts (uncredited)
Jimmy Nickerson .... stunts (uncredited)
Frank Orsatti .... stunts (uncredited)
Regina Parton .... stunts (uncredited)
Regis Parton .... stunts (uncredited)
Brandon Pender .... stunts (uncredited)
Audrey Saunders .... stunts (uncredited)
Bill Shannon .... stunts (uncredited)
Tom Steele .... stunts (uncredited)
Marvin Walters .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Richmond L. Aguilar .... electric gaffer (as Rich Aguilar)
Paul Brochardt .... dolly grip (uncredited)
Paul Caven .... best boy (uncredited)
Ray De La Motte .... first assistant camera
Gene Evans .... camera operator
Leonard Lookabaugh .... key grip (as Len Lookabaugh)
Joseph E. Thibo .... first assistant camera
Ray De La Motte .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Paul Schori Jr. .... generator operator (uncredited)
Peter Sorel .... still photographer (uncredited)
Joseph E. Thibo .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Casting Department
Ann Brebner .... casting: San Francisco (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Jerry Alpert .... wardrobe
Agnes Lyon .... wardrobe
Editorial Department
Don Guidice .... assistant editor
Randy Roberts .... assistant editor
Ralph Sandler .... assistant editor
Music Department
Dan Wallin .... score mixer (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Ed Avery .... driver: generator (uncredited)
Gil Casper .... driver: insert car (uncredited)
William Gibson .... driver: honeywagon (uncredited)
Ron Riner .... transportation gaffer (uncredited)
Duke Robbins .... driver: van (uncredited)
Other crew
Dan Perri .... title designer
Sheila Scott .... production assistant
Terry Terrill .... script supervisor
Jack Casey .... publicist (uncredited)
Claude Cuvereaux .... secretary to producer and director (uncredited)
Dean Jeffries .... mechanic (uncredited)
George Leslie .... location auditor (uncredited)
Don Mink .... timekeeper (uncredited)
James Moffett .... first aid (uncredited)
Sheridan Dar Reid .... location manager (uncredited)
Lee Stitch .... production secretary (uncredited)

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113 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

Arkin later commented in a 23 Dec 1974 People news item that he only acted in the film because he needed a paycheck, but felt that Freebie and the Bean was "absolute garbage."See more »
Continuity: 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 »
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.See more »
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18 out of 28 people found the following review useful.
Look out San Francisco, 26 October 2002
Author: judge9090 from Daytona Beach, Florida

Long before the PC crowd raised their ugly heads, there was Freebie and the Bean(1974), a very watchable and funny comedy about two San Francisco cops who nearly destroy the city in their pursuit of a gangster. Alan Arkin and James Caan are in top form as the constantly bickering partners who will say or do anything to get their man. Entertaining from start to finish.

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