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Twenty Bucks (1993)

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A story about the life of a twenty dollar bill as it weaves in and out of the various lives of several people.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
George Morfogen ...
Jack Holiday
Anna Holiday (as Sam Jenkins)
Sam Mastrewski
Aunt Dotty
Sam's Mother
Peggy Miley ...
Aunt Zoha
Ghada Holiday
David Fresco ...
Uncle Stash
Mark (as Noah Margetts)
The Stripper / Funeral Director
Mrs. McCormac
William H.D. Marlett ...
Patrick (as Willie Marlett)


The film follows a $20 bill from its ATM birth to its eventual demise. Along the way, the note weaves in and out of the lives of a street person, an aspiring writer, a stripper, two thieves, and many others in surprising and inventive ways. Written by Don Porter <>

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This is the fascinating chronicle of the life and times of a twenty dollar bill. See more »


Comedy | Drama

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

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Release Date:

22 October 1993 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

20 taalaa  »

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The script was originally written in 1935 by Endre Bohem, but sat on the shelf until 1990, when his son Leslie Bohem found it upon his father's death. He fell in love with the script and, after updating it for the 90's, sought to have it finally filmed. See more »


The license plates on the cars imply that the story supposedly takes place in Washington DC, but the skyline scenes do not look at all like Washington DC. For one thing, Washington has no high-rise office buildings or skyscrapers. See more »


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buck the system
13 March 2007 | by (Portland, Oregon, USA) – See all my reviews

"Twenty Bucks" focuses on a $20 bill getting passed around from person to person, and how we get to see the people's lives: a man whose travels have consisted of a trip to the bowling alley, a drug dealer hosting a summer camp, some crooks plotting a robbery, and some people's attempts at relationships. It's a lighthearted but authentic look at the world of today (well, the world of 1993). And it always shows how people are determined to keep going no matter what happens.

Does the movie have any problems? Maybe some of the characters' lives work out too conveniently. But that really doesn't drag the movie down at all. They did a very good job with this movie, and I recommend it. Starring Linda Hunt, Brendan Fraser, Elisabeth Shue, Christopher Lloyd, Steve Buscemi and William H. Macy (happy birthday, William!).

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