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Brewster's Millions (1985)

PG | | Comedy | 22 May 1985 (USA)
A minor league baseball player has to spend thirty million dollars in thirty days, in order to inherit three hundred million dollars. However, he's not allowed to tell anyone about the deal.

Director:

Walter Hill

Writers:

George Barr McCutcheon (based on the novel by), Herschel Weingrod (screenplay) | 1 more credit »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Richard Pryor ... Montgomery Brewster
John Candy ... Spike Nolan
Lonette McKee ... Angela Drake
Stephen Collins ... Warren Cox
Jerry Orbach ... Charley Pegler
Pat Hingle ... Edward Roundfield
Tovah Feldshuh ... Marilyn
Hume Cronyn ... Rupert Horn
Joe Grifasi ... J.B. Donaldo
Peter Jason ... Chuck Fleming
David White ... George Granville
Jerome Dempsey ... Norris Baxter
David Wohl ... Eugene Provost
Ji-Tu Cumbuka ... Melvin
Milt Kogan ... Heller
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Storyline

Brewster is a minor league baseball player. Unknown to him, he had a (recently deceased) rich relative. In order to test if Brewster knows the value of money, he is given the task of disposing of $30m in 30 days. Brewster isn't allowed to have any assets to show for the $30m or waste the money in any way. If successful, Brewster gets to inherit $300m. The biggest problem of all however, is that Brewster can't tell anyone what he's doing, so everyone thinks he's crazy. Add to this the fact that if he fails, two scheming trustees will get their hands on the money, Brewster's task is not an easy one. Written by Rob Hartill

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

One man is about to make the biggest decision that will change the course of his life... financially and mentally. See more »

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 May 1985 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Lluvia de dólares See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$9,858,905, 27 May 1985

Gross USA:

$40,833,132

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$45,833,132
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

In quotes shown on-screen between scenes, Chuck Fleming refers to "the road of excess" leading to "the palace of wisdom", an allusion to William Blake's poem "The Marriage of Heaven and Hell". See more »

Goofs

Warren says he wanted to meet Brewster "mano to mano", meaning man-to-man. But "mano" is the Spanish word for "hand". See more »

Quotes

Rupert Horn: [speaking to Monty in his recorded will] Brewster? Greetings from the grave! Don't look so surprised. Did you know your great-grandfather was a honky? My old man married twice. One wife, white, produced me. One wife, black, produced your grandmother. Checkered family you might say. I've outlived them all Brewster, except you. They tell me you're my only living relative and I have to say, I'm disappointed. Look at you! what have you made of yourself? A failed baseball pitcher. I believe in being ...
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Connections

Referenced in American Dad!: Less Money, Mo' Problems (2012) See more »

Soundtracks

In the Nick of Time
Words & Music by Huey Lewis and Ry Cooder
Performed by Patti LaBelle
Courtesy of MCA Records, Inc.
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Can't go wrong with Pryor and Candy
5 May 2007 | by lastliberalSee all my reviews

Brewster's Millions starring Jack Buchanan, Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle, Edward Abeles, Dennis O'Keefe, and now, Richard Pryor. Yes, this is the 5th reincarnation of this story, and probably the funniest Richard Pryor movie out there, A simple story: to inherit millions, Monty (Pryor) must spend a certain amount of money in a certain amount of time without ending up with anything he didn't originally own. The idea is to teach the value of a dollar. Oh, yes, he can't tell anyone what he is doing.

So, of course, everyone thinks he's a nut. including the lovely Lonette McKee (ATL, Men of Honor), who is supposed to oversea his spending.

The film features the late John Candy (Canadian Bacon) as his BFF. If you are not familiar with his work, this is an excellent choice.


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