Brewster's Millions (1985)

PG  |   |  Comedy  |  22 May 1985 (USA)
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A minor-league baseball player has to spend $30,000,000 in thirty days in order to inherit $300,000,000. However, he's not allowed to tell anyone about the deal.



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Brewster is a minor league baseball player. Unknown to him, he had a (recently deceased) rich relative. In order to test if Brewster knows the value of money, he is given the task of disposing of $30m in 30 days. Brewster isn't allowed to have any assets to show for the $30m or waste the money in any way. If successful, Brewster gets to inherit $300m. The biggest problem of all however, is that Brewster can't tell anyone what he's doing, so everyone thinks he's crazy. Add to this the fact that if he fails, two scheming trustees will get their hands on the money, Brewster's task is not an easy one. Written by Rob Hartill

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Release Date:

22 May 1985 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

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$20,000,000 (estimated)


$38,800,000 (USA)

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Seventh big screen adaptation of George Barr McCutcheon's 1902 novel "Brewster's Millions". It's the eighth if one counts the 1954 Indian Telugu movie adaptation Vaddante Dabbu (1954). Since this 1985 Brewster's Millions (1985), two more Indian versions have been made [to date, August 2013]. The earlier English language versions were made and released in the following years: 1914 (lost), 1921, 1926, 1935, 1945, and 1961, with this 1985 Brewster's Millions (1985) version launching about twenty-four years after the then most recent version from 1961. All these English language films were called "Brewster's Millions" except for two, 1961's Three on a Spree (1961) and 1926's Miss Brewster's Millions (1926). See more »


In the opening scene, they're supposedly playing at Hackensack New Jersey's home field, but the wider shots clearly show mountain ranges beyond the ballpark. See more »


Monty Brewster: Gentlemen, do you think I'm a lowlife?
Tailor: Oh no, Mr. Brewster. Not with these clothes.
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Referenced in There's Nothing Out There (1991) See more »


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Great Comedy
28 December 2006 | by (England) – See all my reviews

Montgomery Brewster (Richard Pryor) is a down and out baseball player in the lower leagues along with his best friend Spike Nolan (John Candy). Out of the blue he inherits 30 Million Dollars that he must spend in 30 Days and have nothing to show for it, so he can get his real inheritance of 300 Million Dollars; oh yes and he he can't tell anyone why he has to waste all this money.

This excellent and hilarious story is played out brilliantly by Pryor and Candy, and it takes us on a spending spree that has its up and downs for poor Mr Brewster. Because of the nature of the movies theme, Brewsters millions is quite firmly rooted in the 80's when it was made, but it still entertains with ease and is well worth watching.


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