Freebie and the Bean1974
Freebie and the Bean (1974)
Critic Consensus: A sour blend of misguided comedy and all-out action, Freebie and the Bean is a buddy cop picture that's far less than arresting entertainment.
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as Meyers' Wife
as Red Meyers
as Lt. Rosen
as Freebie's Girl
as District Attorney
as Michigan Phil
as Bean's Wife
as Laundry Truck Driver
as Chicken Truck Driver
as Liquor Truck Driver
as Whitey's Girl
as Ambulance Attendant
as Bag Man
Critic Reviews for Freebie and the Bean
Robert Kaufman wrote the screenplay from a story by Floyd Mutrux, who is credited as the executive producer, and both men should be forced to spend the next few decades watching what they have wrought.
The most schizoid film recipe of current memory. It is as if several different cooks had tried to poison the broth.
Too often, producer-director Richard Rush startles us with injected scenes of violence that quickly turn comedic happenings into scenes of dismaying grimness.
Neither screen writer Robert Kaufman nor director Richard Rush could decide if "Freebie and the Bean" was to be a comedy or a blood-and-guts melodrama. For every guffaw there is an equal and opposite scene of someone being shot clubbed or maimed.
One of the most reprehensible film-yarns ever to subvert the original designs of the Keystone Kops. Also, it is, at moments, a talented and hilarious movie, which simply confounds the muddle.
Audience Reviews for Freebie and the Bean
Thoroughly awesome, the first real buddy cop film is also one of the best. Totally ridiculous and full of shenanigans.
I don't really know if Freebie and the Bean classifies as the first buddy cop film, but if it is, it's the best one I've ever seen. It's hard to believe that a comedy like this starring Alan Arkin and James Caan as a duo was ever made, but it was. The dialogue feels fresh and must have been adlibbed. The caper isn't much of a caper but that isn't really the point. The point is following these two lunatics around in their daily lives from one catastrophe to the next and enjoying every minute of it. The Warner Archive put this out not too long ago with a terrific picture but only the trailer as an extra. I hope this gets some special edition love sometime soon as it's a terrific little gem.
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