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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.

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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

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Taglines:

An American excess story. 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)

Gross USA:

$38,800,000

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$45,833,132
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The film's tagline "An American excess story" spoofed the American dream phrase of "An American success story". Also, another tagline, "Your Basic Riches-To-Rags Comedy", was similar to two taglines from the earlier Steve Martin comedy The Jerk (1979) which read, "From rags to riches...to rags" and "A rags to riches to rags story". See more »

Goofs

The train that cuts through the infield of the Hackensack stadium says "The Pine Tree Route", a slogan for the Maine Central railroad. 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 Naturally, Sadie: Sadie's Millions (2007) 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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Comedy Gold
24 November 2005 | by no-skylineSee all my reviews

I cant understand the low IMDb rating for what is a very funny film with two great stars in Richard Pryor and John Candy. Even though its a re-make and very much of its time (the 1980's) there is till plenty of entertainment to be had. Some of the areas of the film are still very relevant if you really could vote for none of the above isn't that a better vote than many of todays politicians? In tone this film is very similar to another 80's comedy - Trading Places, although this is the slightly lesser film it's still very enjoyable with plenty of comedy highlights. Pryor is outstanding and with the talented John Candy in support the film certainly doesn't lack laughs. There is even a message attached in places about the perils of greed and money but the ending feels quite abrupt and it would be nice to see the other characters re-action to the outcome.

8/10 - A bright and breezy comedy.


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