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Director:
Writers:
Robert Kaufman (screenplay)
Floyd Mutrux (story)
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Release Date:
25 December 1974 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
Above all... It's a love story.
Plot:
Freebie and Bean, two San Francisco police detectives, have one goal in life: to bring down Red Meyers... See more » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
Nominated for Golden Globe. Another 1 win & 1 nomination See more »
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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Alan Arkin ... Bean

James Caan ... Freebie

Loretta Swit ... Meyers' Wife

Jack Kruschen ... Red Meyers
Mike Kellin ... Lt. Rosen

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

John Garwood ... Chauffeur

Alex Rocco ... D.A.

Valerie Harper ... 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
Gary Johnson ... Liquor Truck Driver
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 ... (uncredited)
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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 
 
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)
 
Art Department
Jerry Graham .... property master
 
Sound Department
James Nelson .... sound effects
Arthur Piantadosi .... sound re-recording mixer
Sam F. Shaw .... sound effects (as Sam Shaw)
Barry Thomas .... sound mixer
 
Special Effects by
Sass Bedig .... special effects
 
Stunts
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)
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)
Gene Evans .... camera operator
Leonard Lookabaugh .... key grip (as Len Lookabaugh)
Paul Caven .... best boy (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)
 
Other crew
Dan Perri .... title designer
Sheila Scott .... production assistant
Terry Terrill .... script supervisor
 

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Runtime:
113 min
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Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
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Goofs:
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 »
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.See more »
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4 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
Probably Not a Good Recruitment Tool, 7 May 2007
Author: inspectors71 from The Man-Cave

It's the antidote for The Laughing Policeman, that grim "police procedural" from 1973; it's Freebie and the Bean, a crude, politically incorrect, and very funny buddy movie for the sophomore in all of us.

Alan Arkin and James Caan play a couple of San Francisco PD Inspectors on the hunt for . . . oh, who cares? The procedural part of the movie doesn't matter. The fun is in Arkin's neurotic and fastidious Bean (you have to forgive the racial slur right from the start) and Caan decked out in a leisure suit and looking for the next "five-finger discount" (hence, the name "Freebie").

It's clearly not a movie for your mom--violent and foul-mouthed, with Arkin accusing his wife of infidelity by demanding to see if she's douched recently, and Caan performing noisy cunnilingus on his girlfriend. It all seems so daring for the 17 year old in 1975, but now, I suspect, I would just cringe and blush at the crudity and concentrate on the hostile chemistry between Arkin and Caan.

After so many serious cop-dramas from the early '70s, FATB came across as something of a breath of different air. In the grand scheme of things, it's not a good movie or a nice one, but there is an entertainment value and a vitality that makes it worth watching.

And don't miss the cop car through the side of the apartment building!

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