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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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 »
When being told of the challenge, Monty closes the case that holds the Million Dollars and locks it. No one re-opens it, but just before he leaves the office, it is shown open again. See more »
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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