Money for Nothing (1993)

R  |   |  Comedy, Crime, Drama  |  10 September 1993 (USA)
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When unemployed dockworker Joey Coyle finds $1.2 million that fell off of an armored car, he decides to do the logical thing: take the money and run. After all, he says, finders keepers. He... See full summary »



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When unemployed dockworker Joey Coyle finds $1.2 million that fell off of an armored car, he decides to do the logical thing: take the money and run. After all, he says, finders keepers. He turns to his ex-girlfriend Monica, who works in an investment firm, for advice, before turning to the mob for help laundering the money. While Joey makes plans to leave the country, however, a detective is following his ever-warmer trail in order to recover the cash. Written by James Meek <>

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There were a million reasons to give the money back. But Joey Coyle couldn't think of one. See more »


Comedy | Crime | Drama

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Rated R for language and a scene of sexuality | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

10 September 1993 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Joey Coyle Story  »

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Box Office


$11,000,000 (estimated)


$1,044,824 (USA)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Joey Coyle did not live with his brother in real life. However, he fall through a ceiling when trying to hide the money. Other scenes with basis in reality include the policeman asking to be locked in the van to test its strength. See more »


Joey Coyle found the 1.2 million dollars in 1981. There is a scene where the Philadelphia Flyers are on TV and you can see player Rod Brind Amour who didn't join the Flyers until 1991. The year Joey found the money Rod Brind Amour was only eleven years old. See more »


Joey Coyle: Come on. My shirt has so many holes in it that when I walk down the street, I hum.
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Referenced in Naked Movie (2002) See more »


Written by Harlan Howard
Performed by Phil Perry
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Is It Really A Comedy, Or Is It A Drama? I Think The Latter
6 February 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Oddly, this movie is billed as a comedy but I think it was more of a drama and, coincidentally, since it was a mixed mag, so is the lead actor in here: John Cusack. He is acceptable, but nothing super.

Cusack plays an ordinary guy, "Joey Coyle," who accidentally finds a million dollars and then tries to keep it. Supposedly, it's a true story (or at least based on one.) What happens to Joey and his million bucks (which had fallen out of an armored car) is not a story of joy and happiness. That's justice, since the honorable thing would have been to turn the money in, to where it belongs, so there are moral lessons taught in this story.

What happens - a mixture of drama, comedy plus action and suspense - was pretty entertaining to watch. I wouldn't call this a "keeper," meaning a movie to buy and add to one's collection, but it's worth a rental, especially if you enjoy watching Cusack perform. I have found him to be a consistent actor. In dramas, I think Cusack can be outstanding ("The Grifters," "Eight Men Out," "Identity," etc.) but in comedies, he stinks ("Bullets Over Broadway," "The Road To Wellville," "Grosse Pointe Blank," etc.)

Also, the rest of the cast includes some real characters, many of them out of a mob movie: actors like James Gandofini, Elizabeth Bracco, Debi Mazur, Michael Rapaport, Michael Madsen, Benicio Del Toro, Maury Chaykin and Philip Seymour Hoffman - not exactly the kind of actors you'll see in a light, sweet comedy! Halfway through this film I wondered if the writers knew where they were going with the story. I'm not sure they knew, but at least it entertains.

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