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Free Money (1998)

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Walrus-like warden, Sven "Swede" Sorenson, a cross between Bluto and Wimpy, runs the prison, murders convicts who escape, and has the FBI on his trail in the form of agent Karen Polarski, ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Warden Sven 'The Swede' Sorenson
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Judge Rolf Rausenberger
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Bud Dyerson (as Charles Sheen)
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Larry
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Agent Karen Polarski
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New Warden
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Ned Jebee
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Lauter (as JP Bergeron)
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Louis
Roc LaFortune ...
Dwayne
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The Turk
Christin Watson ...
Inga Sorenson
Holly Watson ...
Liv Sorenson
James Hyndman ...
Mack
Frank Fontaine ...
Sheriff Earl Knudsen
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Walrus-like warden, Sven "Swede" Sorenson, a cross between Bluto and Wimpy, runs the prison, murders convicts who escape, and has the FBI on his trail in the form of agent Karen Polarski, the daughter of the town's corrupt judge. Swede's twins tell their father they're pregnant (they aren't), so he pushes their dim boyfriends, Bud and Larry, into shotgun marriages. He also turns his sons-in-law into slave labor, so Bud hatches an escape plan: to rob a train carrying old bills to the mint for burning. Larry's his reluctant accomplice. When Bud is captured and railroaded into Swede's jail, his death looks certain, until he hatches yet another plan that requires Larry's help. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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prison | train | fbi | prison break | pickup | See more »

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Right scheme, wrong guys!

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Comedy | Crime

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Rated R for some violence, language and sexuality | See all certifications »
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3 December 1998 (Singapore)  »

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$30,000,000 (estimated)
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Prior to this film, Charlie Sheen and 'Donald Sutherland' co-starred in Shadow Conspiracy (1997), which came out a year prior and was on the shelf for a year. Free Money also suffered the same fate before it finally released on video in 1999. See more »

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Referenced in Conan: Return to A-Hole Acres (2011) See more »

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Quirky fun
9 June 2000 | by See all my reviews

If you can handle a world about half a bubble off plumb, there's a lot of fun to be had in "Free Money". It's quite obvious that all of these characters would vanish in a puff of smoke in what we call the "real world", but inside their own rules of logic and social constraints it all makes perfect and hilarious sense.

Brando's warden personifies what Joseph Heller once called "a gigantic belch of a man", and Hayden Church and Sheen are perfect as man's men dragged either unconscious or screaming into their twin high school bride's playhouse version of married life.

Donald Sutherland has a nice turn as a psychotic judge, and Mira Sorvino turns in a fine performance as a kind of bridge between "our world" and the asylum run by lunatics that the rest of the characters live in.

It's quite possible that we could have lived without some of the brutality (cattle prods, gladiator fights in the prison) but then again, what the hell. It's a 90's film.

--bt


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