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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:

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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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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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The "Hackensack Bulls" mascot costume used for the movie was made by Carol Flemming Mascot Costumes. The studio ordered it at the last minute, and it was delivered within one week. See more »

Goofs

When Spike makes a profit of 10 million, Brewser ask to be alone. When they walk out the door closes and in the next frame they open the door and you hear the door close again. See more »

Quotes

Monty Brewster: Why is it when there's trouble we're the ones that get into it. I mean, there's a bar full of people and we're the only ones in jail.
Spike Nolan: I don't think it's racial you know, because I'm in here with you.
Monty Brewster: That's comforting.
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Referenced in Great World of Sound (2007) See more »

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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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Pryor + Candy = Laughs
21 July 2002 | by sddavis63See all my reviews

You can imagine that any movie that stars Richard Pryor and John Candy must be a funny one, and this definitely qualifies.

The plot is disarmingly (and misleadingly) simple. Montgomery Brewster (Pryor) stands to inherit a $300 million fortune from a long lost uncle (played by Hume Cronyn), whose will is videotaped. The catch? To get the money, Brewster must first spend $30 million in 30 days. An additional catch? After spending the $30 million in 30 days, Monty still isn't allowed to own anything. At first I still didn't think there would be that great a challenge, but in fact, as Monty discovers, it's hard to spend $30 million without actually purchasing anything of lasting value.

The movie progresses through Monty's spending spree on hotel rooms, parties, employees, the minor league baseball team he played for and finally his campaign to NOT be elected mayor. Other candidates spend millions to get elected; why not spend millions to convince people not to elect you? It's also interesting to see the reactions of his friends (especially Candy) to his squanderings, because another condition to the will is that he can't tell anyone what's going on.

It's really quite a lot of fun, and Pryor and Candy together make it worth watching.

7/10


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