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


Comedy | Crime | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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?


A significant portion of the cast went on to have successful careers in both Television and Film. See more »


When Joey and Kenny are in Kenny's car arguing after finding the money, just before Joey exits the car, he holds up his bare right hand. Seconds later, Joey is getting out of the car with the sacks in his arms and he's wearing gloves. See more »


[about the money]
Joey Coyle: Think about it Kenny. Did we hurt anyone?
Kenny Kozlowski: No.
Joey Coyle: Did we steal it from anyone?
Kenny Kozlowski: No.
Joey Coyle: Are we giving it back. *Hell no!*
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References Batman: The Animated Series (1992) See more »


World Family
Written by Craig Marjanian and Yvette Marine
Performed by Yvette Marine
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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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