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Million Dollar Mystery (1987)

A disparate group of travelers is eating in an isolated restaurant when a man drops dead of a heart attack. Before he dies, they discover that he is wanted for stealing several million ... See full summary »

Director:

Richard Fleischer

Writers:

Tim Metcalfe (screenplay), Miguel Tejada-Flores (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Eddie Deezen ... Rollie
Wendy Sherman Wendy Sherman ... Lollie
Rick Overton ... Stuart Briggs
Mona Lyden Mona Lyden ... Barbara Briggs
Douglas Emerson ... Howie Briggs
Royce D. Applegate ... Tugger
Pam Matteson Pam Matteson ... Dotty
Daniel McDonald ... Crush
Penny Baker Penny Baker ... Charity
Tawny Fere ... Faith (as Tawny Feré)
LaGena Hart LaGena Hart ... Hope
Tom Bosley ... Sidney Preston
Mack Dryden Mack Dryden ... Fred
Jamie Alcroft Jamie Alcroft ... Bob
Rich Hall ... Slaughter
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Storyline

A disparate group of travelers is eating in an isolated restaurant when a man drops dead of a heart attack. Before he dies, they discover that he is wanted for stealing several million dollars, and he tells them that he has hidden a million dollars in each of four different locations, and gives them clues as to where the locations are. They all then take off and try to get to the hidden treasure before any of the others do. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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There are millions hidden somewhere nearby, and these wild and crazy people will do almost anything to find it.

Genres:

Comedy | Mystery

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 June 1987 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Money Mania See more »

Filming Locations:

Glen Canyon, Arizona, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$989,033
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Veteran stuntman Dar Robinson was killed executing a motorcycle stunt for this movie. The film is dedicated to him (as was Lethal Weapon (1987), which he completed prior to shooting this). See more »

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The green car that Mr. & Mrs. Briggs steal is a Ford LTD, but in interior shots of the car, a Lincoln emblem is on the steering wheel. See more »

Quotes

Tugger: What in the holy hell was he doing with a paper-shredder this big?
Stuart: Well, he worked for the government, didn't he?
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Million Dollar Mystery
Written by Barry Mann and John Lewis Parker
Performed by New Money feat. James House
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It was sponsored by Gladbag. Need I say more?
13 July 2000 | by The_Film_CricketSee all my reviews

***SPOILER WARNING***

Is it me? Or are you just asking for trouble when your movie is sponsored by a company that makes trash bags? Many movies use huge ad campaigns but I swear 'Million Dollar Mystery' is the only movie that I can think of that IS an ad campaign.

Commercials at the time featured Tom Bosely informing us that there was a million bucks stashed somewhere in the United States. Half the clues were in boxes of Gladbags, the other half were in this movie.

The movie is more or less beside the point. It is a dimwitted remake of Stanley Kramer's 'It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World'. A dying man (played by Bosley) stumbles into a diner and just before he dies he informs the other cast members that he has hidden $4 million bucks and gives them clues on where to find it. Maybe I'm being greedy but don't you feel kind of gypped that they get 4 million bucks for their troubles and we only get one?

The funniest scene in Kramer's comedy is when Jimmy Durante kicks the bucket, literally. It's a classic gag that filmmakers of this movie wisely chose not to steal. If they did it would have taken time away from the other 25 plus sponsors who have product placements throughout the movie.

Once upon a time Walt Disney took a gamble at whether or not audiences would sit through a movie where the cartoon was the feature and made 'Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs'. Producer Dino De Laurentis apparently took a gamble on whether or not audience would sit through a movie where the commercial was the feature and failed miserably. How many people do you know who have seen this movie?

Rating: * (of four)


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