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Free Money (1998)

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Walrus-like warden, Sven "Swede" Sorenson, a cross between Bluto and Wimpy, runs the prison, murders convicts who escape, and has the FBI on his trail in the form of agent Karen Polarski, ... See full summary »

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Yves Simoneau

Writers:

Tony Peck (as Anthony Peck), Joseph Brutsman
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Marlon Brando ... The Swede
Donald Sutherland ... Judge Rolf Rausenberger
Charlie Sheen ... Bud (as Charles Sheen)
Thomas Haden Church ... Larry
Mira Sorvino ... Agent Karen Polarski
Martin Sheen ... New Warden
David Arquette ... Ned Jebee
Jean Pierre Bergeron ... Lauter (as JP Bergeron)
Rémy Girard ... Louis
Roc LaFortune ... Dwayne
Roy Dupuis ... The Turk
Christin Watson Christin Watson ... Inga
Holly Watson Holly Watson ... Liv
James Hyndman ... Mack
Frank Fontaine ... Sheriff Earl Knudsen
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Walrus-like warden, Sven "Swede" Sorenson, a cross between Bluto and Wimpy, runs the prison, murders convicts who escape, and has the FBI on his trail in the form of agent Karen Polarski, the daughter of the town's corrupt judge. Swede's twins tell their father they're pregnant (they aren't), so he pushes their dim boyfriends, Bud and Larry, into shotgun marriages. He also turns his sons-in-law into slave labor, so Bud hatches an escape plan: to rob a train carrying old bills to the mint for burning. Larry's his reluctant accomplice. When Bud is captured and railroaded into Swede's jail, his death looks certain, until he hatches yet another plan that requires Larry's help. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Taglines:

Right scheme, wrong guys!

Genres:

Comedy | Crime

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some violence, language and sexuality | See all certifications »
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Country:

Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 December 1998 (Singapore) See more »

Also Known As:

Asalta como puedas See more »

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Budget:

$30,000,000 (estimated)
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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

One of three films in which Charlie Sheen was billed under the name Charles. This was in keeping to his turning a new leaf in his personal life after his battles with alcohol and drug addiction along with the infamous Heidi Fleiss scandal. He would later return to his more familiar name after replacing Michael J. Fox on the hit series, Spin City (1996) in 2000. See more »

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Features Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969) See more »

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You Make Me Feel Brand New
Written by Thom Bell (as Thomas Bell) and Linda Creed
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A highly enjoyable black comedy! Seemingly avant-garde, yet comically accessible
22 March 2001 | by joegibbo17See all my reviews

'Free Money,'is a film the masses will not enjoy, for its seemingly avantgarde, zany style of film-making. At times the movies disposal of any recognisable main plot, creates not so much a sense of confusion, but focuses the audiences attention onto the true depth of its innovative,darkly sinister, serio-comical undertones. The film follows the story of two 'nobodys,'who end up married to twins of a draconian, bible-loving father (Marlon Brando,) who unfortunately happens to be the towns jailor. As time passes, Bud and Larry, the two hapless 'going nowhere' protagonists conspire to rob a train of money to solve their daily drudges, and to escape the ever-increasing slavery of the deranged 'Brando'!!! However, all does not go to plan, as the 'Swede'(Marlon Brando) smells a rat!!! Will they make it? is the question raised as all their plans buckle under the weight of the 'Swede.' People expecting a film with a good story will be dissapointed, but those seeking comical improvisation from Brando,a well crafted performance from Charlie Sheen, and a refreshing break into the wacky film techniques of 'Free Money,' will laugh and laugh, and possiblly cower- As the 'Swede' played by Brando is genuinely the scariest film character I've seen for ages- Look out!!!! It's a real shame this B movie, with A class actors didn't take off. It had the potential to be a real landmark film within this genre, but unfortunately, it went straight to T.V. Oh well. watch it, if ya dare!!!


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