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Freebie and the Bean (1974)

San Francisco police detectives Freebie and Bean are determined to bust local crime boss Red Meyers at any cost, even if this means destroying the whole city in the process.

Director:

Richard Rush

Writers:

Robert Kaufman (screenplay), Floyd Mutrux (story)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Alan Arkin ... Bean
James Caan ... Freebie
Loretta Swit ... Mildred - Red Meyers' Wife
Jack Kruschen ... Red Meyers
Mike Kellin ... Lt. Rosen
Paul Koslo ... Whitey
Linda Marsh ... Barbara - Freebie's Girl
John Garwood ... Chauffeur
Alex Rocco ... D.A.
Valerie Harper ... Consuelo - Bean's Wife
Christopher Morley Christopher Morley ... Transvestite
Bruce Mackey Bruce Mackey ... Floorwalker
Monty Stickles Monty Stickles ... Texas Brawler
Charles Bail Charles Bail ... Cadillac Salesman (as Chuck Bail)
Eddy Donno ... Bag Man (as Eddie Donno)
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Storyline

Freebie and Bean, two San Francisco police detectives, have one goal in life: to bring down Red Meyers, a local hijacking boss. After many fruitless months they finally collect an important piece of evidence. However, before they can get an arrest warrant, they hear the news of the hitman being hired to kill Meyers. Written by Dragan Antulov <dragan.antulov@altbbs.fido.hr>

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Above all... It's a love story.

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Action | Comedy | Crime | Drama

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

25 December 1974 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Der Superschnüffler See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Both this and the very similar buddy cop film "Busting" involves a scene inside a dentist office. See more »

Goofs

When Freebie and the Bean lose the head-on collision battle with the van, their crumbling Ford then makes a right turn down a wrong way street, and collapses on the right-hand side of the street. In the next shot, the car is way on the left and even next to another car which wasn't there previously. See more »

Quotes

Freebie: Ta-Dah !
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Crazy Credits

During opening credits, as people walk in front of the camera, the older names are erased and the newer names appear. See more »

Alternate Versions

UK cinema and video versions were cut by 29 seconds by the BBFC to remove a face kick and to reduce the number of shots fired into the transvestite from 5 to 2. The version shown on Film Four is uncut and intact. See more »

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When You Need Someone
Music and lyrics by Dominic Frontiere, Bobby Hart, Danny Janssen
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Katzenjammer Kops
9 January 2004 | by senortuffySee all my reviews

This is a pretty funny movie from the 70's starring James Caan and Alan Arkin as two screwed up police detectives in San Francisco trying to bust a local numbers guy so they can get promotions. By today's standards it's very un-pc - lots of ethnic jokes - but it's still a good laugh.

James Caan and Alan Arkin are very good together. Caan ("Freebie") is the guy who's always trying to get something for nothing, and Arkin ("The Bean") is the straight man and butt of his jokes. It's a good combination as they play off each other very well.

Not much to say about the story. There are several chase scenes that are pretty humorous and lots of mayhem. Valerie Harper plays Arkin's cheating wife and she's pretty good. The rest of the cast is mostly unknowns.

Look for Peter Fonda (uncredited) in the barber shop scene after Freebie and the Bean get in a fight with the Cadillac salesman from Michigan. Richard Rush, who directed this film, also did several of Fonda's biker films from the 60's.


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