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Director:
Writers:
Robert Kaufman (screenplay)
Floyd Mutrux (story)
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Release Date:
25 December 1974 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Above all... It's a love story.
Plot:
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 »
Awards:
Nominated for Golden Globe. Another 1 win & 1 nomination See more »
User Reviews:
A Lost 1970's classic. What a belter. See more (44 total) »

Cast

  (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
Franklin Jones Jr. .... dubbing mixer
James Nelson .... sound effects
Arthur Piantadosi .... 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)
 
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)
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)
Ronald Vidor .... first 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
 
Location Management
Sheridan Dar Reid .... location manager (uncredited)
 
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)
Lee Stitch .... production secretary (uncredited)
 

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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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Certification:
Australia:R18+ | Finland:K-16 | Iceland:12 | Netherlands:18 (original rating) | Norway:16 | Sweden:15 (cut) | UK:X (original rating) | UK:18 (video) | USA:R | West Germany:18 (nf) (cut)

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Trivia:
Freebie and the Bean's SFPD detective car was a white 1972 Ford Custom 500 police interceptor sedan. Over the course of filming, they totaled over a dozen 1972 Ford Custom 500 police interceptors. These cars were actual decommissioned San Francisco police vehicles purchased by Warner Brothers for this movie, many of these Fords also appeared in Magnum Force (1973).See more »
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 »
Movie Connections:
Featured in The Celluloid Closet (1995)See more »
Soundtrack:
title theme: You and MeSee more »

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13 out of 18 people found the following review useful.
A Lost 1970's classic. What a belter., 6 August 2005
Author: El-Scotcho from Planet Earth

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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