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Money for Nothing (1993)

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 <james@oz.net>

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What would you do if you found a million bucks? See more »

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

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10 September 1993 (USA)  »

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$11,000,000 (estimated)

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$1,044,824 (USA)
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Trivia

Joey Coyle was a drug user in real life, and killed himself in 1993. Also, in real life, Coyle was fair haired and colored his hair dark, in reverse of the film. See more »

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When Joey is at the bar and the news reporter is describing Joey's physical appearance, she says that Joey has a tattoo on his right bicep, however Joey turns and looks at his left bicep. See more »

Quotes

Billy Coyle: The dumb SOB that took the money, doesn't even know what he's in for?
Katie Coyle: What's SOB?
Eleanor Coyle: Never mind.
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Referenced in Ocean's Eleven (2001) See more »

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I Can Laugh About It Now
Written by Steve Diamond
Performed by Diamond Mine Band featuring Joe Turano
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John Cusack is not dumb enough for this to be funny
2 July 2015 | by See all my reviews

In Philadelphia, Joey Coyle (John Cusack) can't even get a day's work at the docks from his brother Billy (James Gandolfini). While Kenny Kozlowski (Michael Rapaport) is driving him home, they find $1.2 million that fell off of an armored truck bound for Trump's casino. Kenny refuses to take any of the money. Joey asks his ex-girlfriend Monica Russo (Debi Mazar) who works in investments to help. He goes to bookie Dino Palladino (Benicio Del Toro) who takes him to Vincente Goldoni (Maury Chaykin) to launder the money. Detective Laurenzi (Michael Madsen) is investigating the case.

John Cusack is not dumb enough for this to be funny. This character is an idiot. He can't even do basic math under duress. I've never bought Cusack playing an idiot. It would work better if Joey is played by a comedian who does stupid well. Don't get me wrong. I like Cusack and I like this movie ... to some extent. Joey is such an idiot that it would be a great black comedy if the movie is cast right.


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