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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:

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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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Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

After the gunfight at a dental surgery, one of the boys remarks "I've got to get a bigger gun, I can't hit nothing". Possibly a borrow from the earlier Hickey & Boggs (1972). 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

Freebie: Hi, Fred. We got a little accident. Could you send a tow truck, please, to 618 Elm Street? Hold it. It's the, uh, third floor, apartment 304.
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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 »

Alternate Versions

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

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Soundtracks

When You Need Someone
Music and lyrics by Dominic Frontiere, Bobby Hart, Danny Janssen
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Probably Not a Good Recruitment Tool
7 May 2007 | by inspectors71See all my reviews

It's the antidote for The Laughing Policeman, that grim "police procedural" from 1973; it's Freebie and the Bean, a crude, politically incorrect, and very funny buddy movie for the sophomore in all of us.

Alan Arkin and James Caan play a couple of San Francisco PD Inspectors on the hunt for . . . oh, who cares? The procedural part of the movie doesn't matter. The fun is in Arkin's neurotic and fastidious Bean (you have to forgive the racial slur right from the start) and Caan decked out in a leisure suit and looking for the next "five-finger discount" (hence, the name "Freebie").

It's clearly not a movie for your mom--violent and foul-mouthed, with Arkin accusing his wife of infidelity by demanding to see if she's douched recently, and Caan performing noisy cunnilingus on his girlfriend. It all seems so daring for the 17 year old in 1975, but now, I suspect, I would just cringe and blush at the crudity and concentrate on the hostile chemistry between Arkin and Caan.

After so many serious cop-dramas from the early '70s, FATB came across as something of a breath of different air. In the grand scheme of things, it's not a good movie or a nice one, but there is an entertainment value and a vitality that makes it worth watching.

And don't miss the cop car through the side of the apartment building!


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