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 »
Skip and Harry are framed for a bank robbery and end up in a western prison. The two eastern boys are having difficulty adjusting to the new life until the warden finds that Skip has a ... See full summary »
Georg Stanford Brown
Joe Braxton is an ex-con who has been given a second chance to freedom after violating his probation. He has been hired by a school teacher named Vivian Perry to repair and drive an old ... See full summary »
Con man Kevin Lennihan framed in a jewel smuggling tries for an insanity plea and is sent to a hospital for review where he is confused for another doctor and takes over the hospital when a major storm hits.
George has been in a mental hospital for 3 years and is finally ready to go out into the real world again. Eddie Dash, a dedicated con-man, is supposed to keep him out of trouble, but when ... See full summary »
Monte Brewster learns that he has inherited $10 million from his late grandfather, but then learns that he must spend $2 million in less than a year and remain unmarried to inherit the rest of the money.
Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle,
Betty Ross Clarke,
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
Among the items Monty (Richard Pryor) purchased in order to rid himself of the $30 million (as noted during a scene in which Ms. Drake is shown tabulating his expense report)--Security Guard Expenses @ $1.16 mil, Beer/Wine @ $2.1 mil, 400 lbs. of 'NY" dirt for a pitcher's mound @ $7k, a 'Rupert Horn' commemorative statue valued at $210k, Niteclub rental @ $610k, the $20k furniture deposit that Warren Cox (Stephen Collins) withholds from Monty until the end, a charge for Iceberg Search and Retrieval @ $1 mil, the rare biplane stamp (that Monty mails to Granville & Baxter) @ $1.25 mil, as well as the postcard he used to mail the rare stamp @ $1, $3k in exercise videotapes, $31,400 worth of 'dental care for baseball team' (presumably the Hackensack Bulls), $27k for the Bull's new uniforms (tailored), 27 lifetime health spa memberships (again presumably for the Bulls) valued @ 970k, $3 mil in campaign worker salaries (but only $1600 to rent the office space for his campaign), a separate charge for his campaign manager (1 week valued @ $450k), charges for renting the Rolls Royce Corniche he uses during his campaign (1 week for $1800), along with charges to give the car a 'None of the Above' paint job ($6k) and $12k to restore the car back to its original paint color. See more »
The train that cuts through the infield of the Hackensack stadium says "The Pine Tree Route", a slogan for the Maine Central railroad. See more »
[On night 29, Angela Drake is calculating all the expenses and finds that Monty had spent the remaining $38,000 on the big party in the Plaza Hotel's Grand Ballroom; Brewster walks into the room to see the inevitable]
Hi. I thought I'd find you here. Listen, since Warren's not around, I... thought maybe I can escort you to the party.
Monty, I'm real sorry about you retiring from baseball. I know how much it meant to you.
That's all right. I mean, it happens to everyone sooner or later. It's the ...
[...] See more »
You can imagine that any movie that stars Richard Pryor and John Candy must be a funny one, and this definitely qualifies.
The plot is disarmingly (and misleadingly) simple. Montgomery Brewster (Pryor) stands to inherit a $300 million fortune from a long lost uncle (played by Hume Cronyn), whose will is videotaped. The catch? To get the money, Brewster must first spend $30 million in 30 days. An additional catch? After spending the $30 million in 30 days, Monty still isn't allowed to own anything. At first I still didn't think there would be that great a challenge, but in fact, as Monty discovers, it's hard to spend $30 million without actually purchasing anything of lasting value.
The movie progresses through Monty's spending spree on hotel rooms, parties, employees, the minor league baseball team he played for and finally his campaign to NOT be elected mayor. Other candidates spend millions to get elected; why not spend millions to convince people not to elect you? It's also interesting to see the reactions of his friends (especially Candy) to his squanderings, because another condition to the will is that he can't tell anyone what's going on.
It's really quite a lot of fun, and Pryor and Candy together make it worth watching.
21 of 23 people found this review helpful.
Was this review helpful to you?