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Release Date:
10 September 1993 (USA) See more »
There were a million reasons to give the money back. But Joey Coyle couldn't think of one. See more »
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... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

John Cusack ... Joey Coyle

Debi Mazar ... Monica Russo

Michael Madsen ... Detective Laurenzi

Benicio Del Toro ... Dino Palladino

Michael Rapaport ... Kenny Kozlowski

Maury Chaykin ... Vincente Goldoni

James Gandolfini ... Billy Coyle

Fionnula Flanagan ... Mrs. Coyle

Elizabeth Bracco ... Eleanor Coyle
Ashleigh Dejon ... Katie Coyle

Lenny Venito ... Hrbek

Philip Seymour Hoffman ... Cochran (as Philip S. Hoffman)

Currie Graham ... Dunleavy

Frankie Faison ... Madigan
Ed Pansullo ... Carini
Benji Schulman ... Tough Kid

Sam Coppola ... Bartender Lindey
Jeanne McCarthy ... Red-Headed Waitress
Don Brockett ... Beer Belly

Nicholas Giordano ... Male Detective
Victoria Thomas ... Female Detective
Lonzo Green ... Homeless Man
Bernard Canepari ... Mr. Kozlowski (as Bernie Canepari)
Iva Jean Saraceni ... Mrs. Kozlowski (as Iva Saraceni)

Betsy Zajko ... Female Bartender
Hank Stratton ... Yuppie
Thomas N. Levine ... Pool Player

Scott Klace ... Investment Counselor (as Scott Kloes)

Alice Drummond ... Mrs. Breen
Della Crews ... Lois Bowden
Don Cannon ... TV News Anchor
Lenora Nemetz ... Middle Aged Woman
Harish Saluja ... Newstand Vendor
Kate Young ... Neighbor

Joseph R. Gannascoli ... Charlie DiSalvo
Monty Cox ... Frogman
Joseph W. Bonacci ... Thug

Robert Bella ... Junior Bookie
Pete Ferry ... Senior Bookie
Marty Kassab-Chaney ... Goldoni's Sweetie (as Marty Kassab)
Pete Iole ... Airport Ben Franklin

David Norona ... U.S. Air Ticket Clerk
Bingo O'Malley ... Older Man

Ana Dela Cruz ... Airline Security Guard
Jeffrey Paul Johnson ... Convenience Store Clerk
Betsy Molina ... U.S. Air Flight Attendant
Bill Dalzell ... Male Traveler (as Bill Dalzell III)
Barbara Russell ... Female Traveler
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Tony Amen ... Bar Patron (uncredited)

Katina Forte ... Airport traveler (uncredited)

John W. Iwanonkiw ... Johnny - Dock Worker (uncredited)
Angella Kaye ... Airport Employee (uncredited)
Frederick E. Kowalo ... Airport Patron (uncredited)
Joe Shelby ... Bar Guy #3 (uncredited)

Directed by
Ramón Menéndez 
Writing credits
Mark Bowden (article The Joey Coyle Story)

Ramón Menéndez (screenplay) &
Tom Musca (screenplay) and
Carol Sobieski (screenplay)

Produced by
Gordon Freedman .... executive producer
Tom Musca .... producer
David Permut .... executive producer
Matthew Tolmach .... executive producer
Cyrus Yavneh .... co-producer (as Cyrus I. Yavneh)
Original Music by
Craig Safan 
Cinematography by
Newton Thomas Sigel (director of photography) (as Tom Sigel)
Film Editing by
Nancy Richardson 
Casting by
Victoria Thomas 
Production Design by
Michelle Minch 
Art Direction by
Beth Kuhn 
Set Decoration by
Susan Raney 
Costume Design by
Zeca Seabra 
Makeup Department
Patty Bell .... additional makeup artist
Felicity Bowring .... makeup department head
Bonnie Clevering .... hair stylist
Rachel Kick .... additional makeup artist
Sean Roger Miguez .... hair stylist
Greg T. Moon .... makeup artist
Production Management
Erik Holmberg .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Cynthia A. Potthast .... assistant director
Babu Subramaniam 'T.R.' .... first assistant director
Art Department
Vincent Borrelli .... scenic artist
Robert Buncher .... carpenter
Doug DuRose .... assistant property master
Smith Harper Hutchings .... set dresser
D.W. Kann .... second assistant property master (as David Kann)
Kenneth J. Kellers .... carpenter
Eugene McCarthy .... property master
Eugene Pope .... carpenter
Gregory Puchalski .... set dresser
Michael G. Richer .... construction foreman
Maurin L. Scarlata .... buyer
Bob Smith .... set dresser
Christian Stavrakis .... set dresser (as Chris Stavrakis)
Bruce Larsen .... animatronic fish (uncredited)
Sound Department
Mark Berger .... supervising re-recording mixer
Kim B. Christensen .... sound
Francesca Dodd .... dialogue editor
Samuel H. Hinckley .... sound effects editor
Mark Levinson .... adr supervisor
Dennis Maitland .... sound
Richard Quinn .... assistant dialogue editor
George E. Simpson Jr. .... cable person
Hamilton Sterling .... sound effects recordist
Special Effects by
Mike Menzel .... special effects coordinator
Shane Dixon .... stunts
Eddy Donno .... stunt coordinator (as Eddie Donno)
Tony Donno .... stunts
Steve Santosusso .... stunts
Pete Turner .... stunt double
Camera and Electrical Department
Robert C. Carlson .... first assistant camera (as Robert Carlson)
Jorgen Christenen .... rigging electrician
Pat Dames .... grip
Gregory L. Edwards .... grip
Jim Emswiller .... video assist operator
Bart Flaherty .... rigging key grip
Jim McConkey .... director of photography: second unit
Jim McConkey .... steadicam operator
Frank McGough .... best boy electric
John S. Moyer .... grip
Jean-Pierre Nutini .... electrician
Brian S. Osmond .... second assistant camera
Ethan Phillips .... electrician
David Richert .... first assistant camera: "b" camera (as David W. Richert)
Ted Wiegand .... electric
Tony Magaletta .... camera production assistant (uncredited)
Casting Department
Matthew Barry .... casting assistant
Donna M. Belajac .... casting: Pittsburgh
Nancy Mosser .... extras casting
J. Ben Sykes .... casting assistant
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Diane Collins .... costume supervisor
Jeannie Flynn .... key on-set costumer
Thomas Stokes .... set costumer
Editorial Department
Dale E. Grahn .... color timer
Christi Moore .... first assistant editor
Theresa Repola Mohammed .... negative cutter
Location Management
Bob Johnston .... location manager
Steve Parys .... key location assistant
Steve Parys .... location scout
Music Department
Sandy DeCrescent .... orchestra contractor
Ellen Segal .... music editor
Transportation Department
Mark Brown .... driver: production van
Robert Gillis .... driver
'Wild Bill' Laczko .... transportation
A. Welch Lambeth .... transportation coordinator
Frank A. Serrao .... driver
Other crew
Michael Beaudin .... second assistant accountant
Robert Bella .... assistant to director and producer
David Brooks .... production accountant
Ray Cervenak .... security captain
Eric Dilucente .... production assistant
Sydney Gilner .... script supervisor
John W. Iwanonkiw .... stand-in (uncredited)
Nancy Mosher Hall .... production coordinator
Jennifer Owensby .... assistant: Mr. Madsen
Bob Pomeroy .... additional locations production assistant
Matthew Sirianni .... production assistant
Steve Wegner .... first assistant accountant
David H. 'Wino' Weinstein .... additional set production assistant
Gina Priano .... stand-in: Ashleigh Dejon (uncredited)
Joey Coyle .... in memory of

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
Rated R for language and a scene of sexuality
100 min
Color (DuArt)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Australia:M | Finland:S | Germany:12 | Iceland:L | UK:15 | USA:R (certificate #32641)

Did You Know?

The memorable scene in the bathroom where Joey Coyle puts on pantyhose to hide the money in did happen, but Coyle changed his mind and removed the hose before boarding the plane.See more »
Factual errors: 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 »
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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Busted, 27 April 2013
Author: wes-connors from Los Angeles

Unemployed South Philadelphia dockworker John Cusack (as Joseph "Joey" Coyle) can't even get picked for day work by his own brother James Gandolfini (as William "Billy" Coyle). Still, he gets a tuna sandwich to share with buddy Michael Rapaport (as Kenny Kozlowski). On the road, the men are behind a truck when something falls out onto the street. Thinking it might make a good tool box, Mr. Cusack stops retrieves the container, which turns out to enclose $1.2 million...

His friend advises turning in the money for a reward, but Cusack wants it all...

A "Tareyton" smoker, Cusack would rather fight than switch. Realizing the smiling Ben Franklins need to be "laundered," Cusack brings a portion of the cash to former Catholic school classmate-turned-hood Benicio Del Toro (as Dino Palladino) and his gangster boss Maury Chaykin (as Vincente Goldoni). Cusack also finds out how easily money can get ex-girlfriend Debi Mazar (as Monica Russo) aroused. Like Dire Straits said, "Money for nothing" gets you "chicks for free."

While all of this is going on, detective Michael Madsen (as Laurenzi) is trying to find the missing money...

This is an entertaining picture by Ramon Menendez and his crew, but the winning situation (poor Philadelphia guy gets a chance to be rich) might have worked better as a drama; possibly, the project started as such and changed direction. The film begins with the dramatic phrase, "Based on a true story." This telegraphs the outcome and removes some of your investment in the lead character, unfortunately; many people (like me) being unfamiliar with the real-life Joseph John Coyle.

****** Money for Nothing (9/10/93) Ramon Menendez ~ John Cusack, Debi Mazar, Michael Madsen, Benicio Del Toro

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