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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.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Bean
... Freebie
... Mildred - Red Meyers' Wife
... Red Meyers
... Lt. Rosen
... Whitey
... Barbara - Freebie's Girl
... Chauffeur
... D.A.
... Consuelo - Bean's Wife
Christopher Morley ... Transvestite
Bruce Mackey ... Floorwalker
Monty Stickles ... Texas Brawler
Charles Bail ... Cadillac Salesman (as Chuck Bail)
Eddy Donno ... Bag Man (as Eddie Donno)
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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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25 December 1974 (USA)  »

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Trivia

Richard Rush said that the film contained "four major chase scenes and over one hundred car crashes", and that it was comprised of many short scenes which required constant changing of filming locations throughout the day. See more »

Goofs

During the first car chase (with the white van), Bean straps on a police helmet for his safety. In the very next shot of the car, Bean isn't wearing the helmet. See more »

Quotes

D.A.: [to Freebie and Bean] You guys aren't qualified to guard the fish at the local aquarium.
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During opening credits, as people walk in front of the camera, the older names are erased and the newer names appear. See more »

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Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Beatniks (1992) 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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74 buddy movie is still legendary
30 January 2013 | by See all my reviews

Although it's story is a letdown, Caan and Arkin' make a great teaming of "throw the book out the window cops", I'm prepared to forgive this. They're two of the most unruly cops I've ever seen. They're methods of questioning are mostly exorcised by physical violence and threats of intimidation. They total three squad cars in three days, would you believe, one of the cars going off a speed ramp and crashing through a wall of a elderly couples home is a classic. The couple, sitting up in bed, sharing milk and cookies, just have stunned looks. These cops are tailing this old codger, who's involved in racketeering, where there's a good chance he's gonna be hijacked. This leads us to wonder why our dynamic duo are so wasting their time on this clown. They even trawl threw a boot of garbage, fishing out a list, they present to their superior, who tells them "They're not fit to guard the fish at the aquarium". This movie works, thanks to Caan, and especially Arkin, who I loved in this. One interrogation scene, involving a gay guy in a bath, was funny too, wanting the two to rough him up, where Caan says "Let's get out of here before this freak starts drinking the bathwater". Valerie (Rhoda) Harper lends great support as Arkin's wife, while Loretta "Hot lips Hoolahan" Swit pops up as the old codger's mistress. I love this movie every time I watch it. It one of those rare buddy cop movie's where, the cops are so out of line, it's not funny. Sometimes they are like kids, causing an ambulance to topple over at it's end, or chasing each other through a playground while on surveillance of that joker. Don't miss this opportunity view.


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