Million Dollar Mystery (1987)

PG  |   |  Comedy, Mystery  |  12 June 1987 (USA)
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A disparate group of travelers is eating in an isolated restaurant when a man drops dead of a heart attack. Before he dies, they discover that he is wanted for stealing several million ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Wendy Sherman ...
Stuart Briggs
Mona Lyden ...
Barbara Briggs
Douglas Emerson ...
Howie Briggs
Pam Matteson ...
Penny Baker ...
LaGena Hart ...
Sidney Preston
Mack Dryden ...
Jamie Alcroft ...
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A disparate group of travelers is eating in an isolated restaurant when a man drops dead of a heart attack. Before he dies, they discover that he is wanted for stealing several million dollars, and he tells them that he has hidden a million dollars in each of four different locations, and gives them clues as to where the locations are. They all then take off and try to get to the hidden treasure before any of the others do. Written by

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There are millions hidden somewhere nearby, and these wild and crazy people will do almost anything to find it.


Comedy | Mystery


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Release Date:

12 June 1987 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Money Mania  »

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$10,000,000 (estimated)


$989,033 (USA)

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2.35 : 1
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Glad Bags and DeLaurentiis Entertainment co-sponsored a real-life million-dollar "treasure hunt" to coincide with this film's release. At the end of the movie, the cash is still missing, and moviegoers were invited to find the location of the hidden stash, using clues provided in the film (the sponsors also emphasized that the money wasn't PHYSICALLY hidden anywhere, lest anyone injure themselves or damage property while searching for the loot; the audience just had to GUESS where the money was hidden). Ticket buyers were even given game cards shaped like American currency - with a big photo of Dino De Laurentiis where the President should be. In the end, it was a big disaster for the studio. The film was one of the major flops of the 1980s, barely grossing a million dollars at the box office, which the studio wound up forking over to the contest winner, a woman in Bakersfield, California. (Incidentally, the money was hidden in the bridge of the Statue of Liberty's nose). See more »


The green car that Mr. & Mrs. Briggs steal is a Ford LTD, but in interior shots of the car, a Lincoln emblem is on the steering wheel. See more »


Tugger: Why did he have a paper-shredder this big anyway?
Stuart: Well, he worked for the government, didn't he.
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hunting afar
29 May 2012 | by (Portland, Oregon, USA) – See all my reviews

Richard Fleischer's "Million Dollar Mystery" has essentially the same plot as Stanley Kramer's "It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World". Here a strange man (Tom Bosley of "Happy Days") dies in a diner and tells everyone in the vicinity that there's $4 million buried, and so they spend the rest of the movie experiencing a series of mishaps trying to find it. Obviously it's not even in the same league as "IaMMMMW" - and the product tie-in certainly weakens the movie - but it's good for a few silly laughs. As can be expected, Eddie Deezen is a riot. Equally funny is Kevin Pollak as a cop who's more into impersonations than crime-fighting. The movie's probably OK seeing once. I recommend the original version more.

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