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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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Yesterday he was a relief pitcher in the minor leagues of life. Today he's been handed the American Dream... on a very hot plate. 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:

Brewster's Millions 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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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Among the items Monty (Richard Pryor) purchased in order to rid himself of the thirty million dollars (as noted during a scene in which Ms. Drake is shown tabulating his expense report) - security guard expenses at 1.16 million dollars, beer and wine at 2.1 million dollars, four hundred pounds of "New York" dirt for a pitcher's mound at seven thousand dollars, a "Rupert Horn" commemorative statue, valued at two hundred ten thousand dollars, night club rental at six hundred ten thousand dollars, the twenty thousand dollar furniture deposit that Warren Cox (Stephen Collins) withholds from Monty until the end, a charge for Iceberg Search and Retrieval at one million dollars, the rare biplane stamp (that Monty mails to Granville & Baxter) at 1.25 million dollars, as well as the postcard he used to mail the rare stamp at one dollar, three thousand dollars in exercise videotapes, thirty-one thousand four hundred dollars worth of "dental care for baseball team" (presumably the Hackensack Bulls), twenty-seven thousand dollars for the Bull's new uniforms (tailored), twenty-seven lifetime health spa memberships (again presumably for the Bulls) valued at nine hundred seventy thousand dollars, three million dollars in campaign worker salaries (but only sixteen hundred to rent the office space for his campaign), a separate charge for his campaign manager (one week valued at four hundred fifty thousand dollars), charges for renting the Rolls-Royce Corniche he uses during his campaign (one week for eighteen hundred dollars), along with charges to give the car a "None of the Above" paint job (six thousand dollars) and twelve thousand dollars to restore the car back to its original paint color. See more »

Goofs

(at around 19 mins) The tip of a boom mic is visible. See more »

Quotes

[On night 29, Angela Drake is calculating all the expenses and finds that Monty had spent the remaining $38,000 on the big party in the Plaza Hotel's Grand Ballroom; Brewster walks into the room to see the inevitable]
Monty Brewster: Hi. I thought I'd find you here. Listen, since Warren's not around, I... thought maybe I can escort you to the party.
Angela Drake: Monty, I'm real sorry about you retiring from baseball. I know how much it meant to you.
Monty Brewster: That's all right. I mean, it happens to everyone sooner or later. It's the ...
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Connections

Referenced in Major Crimes: Frozen Assets (2014) 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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an enjoyable comedy
23 May 2002 | by jumpdatesSee all my reviews

The film is a comedy of how Brewster finds creative ways of spending the 30 million dollars and not always getting it right. He is unable to tell anyone of his real intentions of inheriting 300 million by successfully blowing 30 million dollars in 30 days. As soon as he receives news he goes on a wild spending spree and recruits lawyers, security guards, decorators etc. all at very inflated salaries. Eventually the word goes around and soon everyone is jostling to benefit from his generosity. Some of the people close to him are unnerved by his spending prowess and tries to help him acquire more money through investments which is exactly the opposite of what he wants. This all adds up to a series of very comical events which is most enjoyable to watch. Look out for the upcoming remake of this movie.


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