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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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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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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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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

25 December 1974 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Der Superschnüffler See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$3,000,000
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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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Did You Know?

Trivia

Reportedly, Alan Arkin and James Caan's representatives were to meet with Warner Brothers executives to plan a sequel in which the actors reprised their roles, with Arkin directing. See more »

Goofs

The boom mike is visible when Freebie and Bean pay a visit to Meyer's home. See more »

Quotes

Bean: [after a fight in a restaurant kitchen] It's mostly ketchup, I think he's still alive. Call an ambulance!
Freebie: [having just arrived] What for? Get a large bun and a doggie bag, we'll take him with us
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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

ABC edited 16 minutes from this film for its 1978 network television premiere. See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Taking of Christina (1976) See more »

Soundtracks

title theme: You and Me
Vocals by Bobby Hart
Music and lyrics by Dominic Frontiere, Bobby Hart, Danny Janssen
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Make's 'Dirty Harry, Look Clean!
26 June 2006 | by greene515See all my reviews

This Is a classic 70's 'Buddy Buddy comedy/Actioneer, that certainly paved the way for '48hr's 'Leathal Weapon' and many more cop flick's 'Freebie And The Bean' star's James Caan, as the macho tough guy 'freebie' Alan Arkin, is the short fused and neurotic 'Bean'

Freebie And The Bean have one goal together and that's to bring down the Obnoxious 'Red Myer's who is the local mafia kingpin, but whilst waiting for the Warrant to Arrest their man,They have to wait until Monday for the Important Warrant to arrive,The pair have to fight off various hit men,

It's down to Freebie And The Bean, to catch the assassins's And try and get their man with hilarious and riotous result's which have some of the finest car stunt's committed to celluloid!,

Freebie And The Bean Also star's Lorreta Swit, Alex(Godfather Rocco) And Valerie Harper AsArkin's wife,There is a mildly amusing subplot which has Arkin Convinced his Ethnic wife is cheating on him with equally hilarious result's!

The film also excel's in the verbal Chit Chat between Arkin And Caan, The film has numerous funny moment's including the scene where Arkin/Caan, whilst in pursuit of the Assasain's Accidentally Skid off the highway and crash in to two old people's apartment wall! That scene has got to be seen to be believed!

The stunt men and women must have got paid a lot for this film, and it show's incidentally the director Richard Rush, later Directed another cult favorite 'The Stunt Man,

Hopefully warner brother's will finally release this although the film like a lot of 70's classic's is overtly not PC(politically Correct) It'll be great to view it in It's 2:35 -1 Aspect Ratio, a commentary track by Arkin And Caan, would make a load of fan's happy,


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