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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
Aunt Zoha
Ghada Holiday
David Fresco ...
Uncle Stash
Noah Lee Margetts ...
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 <dgp@ee.wustl.edu>

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When you pass the buck, the last thing you expect is change. See more »


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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The bag lady Angeline was a babbling drunk man in an earlier draft of the script. See more »


As Frank goes around the counter in the convenience store to open the cash register, we see from the side angle that it is already open. See more »


Jimmy: Quit while you're ahead.
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References Gone with the Wind (1939) See more »


Money Honey
Written by Charles F. Calhoun (as I. Stone)
Performed by The Drifters
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Administered by Warner Brothers Music Corporation & Gladys Music
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A new twist on an old story...
7 January 2001 | by (Philadelphia, PA) – See all my reviews

This film was written in 1935 by screenwriter Endre Bohem shortly before his death. He never completed the script. It sat on a shelf in his archives for 55 years. Finally in 1990, his son, Leslie Bohem, found it and immediately fell in love with the concept. He completed the script, updated it for a more modern audience, and filmed it with director Keva Rosenfeld. In the film, a $20 bill is minted and sent to a bank. A mother with her hands full uses an ATM machine, drops the bill in her hassle, and the story begins. The rest of this film follows the bill through the hands of 12 complete strangers who, through various ways, pass the bill to one another. Along the way, the note weaves in and out of the lives of a street person, an aspiring writer, two thieves (a hilarious Steve Bucemi and Christopher Lloyd), and a stripper who also...well, I won't ruin it for you.

However, besides the inventive concept, it is fun to see many of today's brightest stars, when they were just starting out in the industry. Look for such faces as David Schwimmer(NBC's "Friends"), Elisabeth Shue(Leaving Las Vegas), William H. Macy(Fargo, Wag the Dog), Brendan Fraser(The Scout, George of the Jungle), and Steve Bucemi(Reservoir Dogs, The Big Lebowski).

This is a great film to watch with a group of friends. One tip, though. Don't keep pausing the film, or you might lose track of who has the bill.

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