Monty Brewster is a penniless, former U.S. Army soldier back from World War II Europe who learns that he has inherited $8 million from a distant relative. But there's a catch: he must spend... See full summary »
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Harry Crumb is a bumbling and inept private investigator who is hired to solve the kidnapping of a young heiress which he's not expected to solve because his employer is the mastermind behind the kidnapping.
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A comedy centered on a guy who inherits a multi-million dollar fortune with one string attached: he must spend the entire sum of a previous inheritance -- one million dollars -- within a ... See full summary »
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
The film's tagline "An American excess story" spoofed the American dream phrase of "An American success story". Moreover, another tagline, "Your Basic Riches-To-Rags Comedy", was similar to two taglines from the earlier Steve Martin comedy The Jerk (1979) which read, "From rags to riches...to rags" and "A rags to riches to rags story". See more »
In the opening baseball scene when Brewster is facing Rudy, he is wearing a batting helmet with ear covers over both ears indicating he is a switch hitter. When facing Brewster, a right handed pitcher, he is batting right handed instead of left handed which would have been to his advantage. However, as with even lower levels of play, in the minor leagues there is certainly not always the luxury of having a single-flapped helmet for each batter and often non-switch-hitters end up wearing two-flap helmets as well since those type are often the ones carried most by teams since they can be used for right-handed or left-handed batters. See more »
Monty, this is Hackensack, NJ. No scout comes here, you understand that. Trains are going through the outfield right now. But you strike this guy out, I'll take you with me tonight and get you drunk, that's a promise.
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Critically acclaimed or not, this comedy hits the spot
When people think of the long legacy of Richard Pryor as a comedian, this film may not be at the top of the list. He has achieved greater heights personally and professionally elsewhere. Many Pryor fans may have skipped over this one altogether with a catalog of films to choose from that include luminaries from "Car Wash" to "Stir Crazy" to "Harlem Nights." That's unfortunate really, because as comedic performances go, Pryor strikes pure gold in this unheralded film. His manic energy, his sheer frustration with the impossibility of his dilemma (spend 30 million dollars until you are dead broke and not have a single penny or asset left at the end, in order to inherit three HUNDRED million) and the fact that he channels so much believability into what would otherwise be absurd are highly laudable. With an excellent supporting cast that included the likes of John Candy and Jerry Orbach, it's hard to imagine anyone too jaded to enjoy this film. It's ridiculous and over the top, to be sure, but it's also supremely funny in a way much more pretentious comedies can't touch. Pryor breathes life into the film and the film glows as a result. Whether it's on your personal "best comedy" list or not, it's not a film you can easily excuse not watching whether a Pryor fan or not. From third rate baseball playing bum, to toast of the town millionaire, back to a bum again before a highly rewarding ending comedically and emotionally, "Brewster's Millions" pulls off the best trick of all - it makes the viewer feel like a million bucks for having watched it.
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