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      Freebie and the Bean

      R Released Dec 25, 1974 1h 52m Action List
      23% Tomatometer 26 Reviews 67% Audience Score 1,000+ Ratings Two wisecracking plain-clothes San Francisco policemen discover that there is a contract on the life of the suspect they have been tailing. The pair decide to act as bodyguards until they can get a warrant to pick him up, but plans for a clean arrest go spectacularly wrong, and the two cops manage to bring the city to a virtual standstill. Read More Read Less Watch on Fandango at Home Buy Now

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      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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      Joe Pollack St. Louis Post-Dispatch 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. May 5, 2021 Full Review Charles Champlin Los Angeles Times The most schizoid film recipe of current memory. It is as if several different cooks had tried to poison the broth. May 5, 2021 Full Review Elston Brooks Fort Worth Star-Telegram/ Too often, producer-director Richard Rush startles us with injected scenes of violence that quickly turn comedic happenings into scenes of dismaying grimness. May 5, 2021 Full Review Eddie Harrison …a tough guy comedy classic, fearlessly reflecting the racial and sexual issues of 1974 within a buddy cop narrative, with Arkin and Caan showing great charisma as the cops involved… Rated: 5/5 Jul 2, 2023 Full Review Gay Community News Staff Gay Community News (Boston) A cold, heartless, and deadening picture. Sep 21, 2022 Full Review Drag Staff Drag The film can be confusing at times since it seems to go in too many directions but Morley's portrayal is bewitching. May 12, 2022 Full Review Read all reviews

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      acsdoug D Alan Arkin and James Caan shoot a bunch of people and destroy half of San Francisco. When this movie first came out I thought it was hilarious. Not so this time around; it's safe to say that a teenager's sense of humor is not the same as an old man's sense of humor. Still, it was entertaining enough. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 05/26/24 Full Review RW R Two plain clothes San Francisco cops with New York accents do incredibly violent things for two hours while acting incredibly stupid and immature. Zany hi-jinks and wanton disregard for human life are combined at a level of uncontrolled idiocy. It is absolutely unfunny and completely rudderless in terms of story of plot. A collection of dumb sketches and poorly written scenes held together by some loosely defined police business the main characters are pursuing. All of the characterizations are totally inane. Alan Arkin yells at people all the time for no reason. James Caan is a wise cracking, affable doofus. They kill people, and laugh about it. Valerie Harper is Mexican, unconvincingly. The action scenes are complex and very well edited. That is the best and only well made thing about this movie. If you like extended car chase and insane bar room brawl-esque scenes in the context of a very bad film, this is your dream come true. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 09/23/23 Full Review Allan C Alan Arkin and James Caan play a couple of renegade goofball 70s San Francisco police detectives trying to take down a local crime boss. The plot is not what makes the film terrific, it's the hilarious banter and chemistry between Caan and Arkin that's irresistible and is what makes this a classic. But besides the amazing chemistry between the tightly wound Arkin and wild-man Caan, which they have in spades, there's an edge to their jabs and jibes, which is missing in most films today, which makes FREEBIE AND THE BEAN stand out as something special. Outside of a few contemporary filmmakers, such as Shane Black (THE NICE GUYS, KISS KISS BANG BANG) or Quentin Tarantino (INGLORIOUS BASTERDS, THE HATEFUL EIGHT), most movies now are too polite and cautious about being offensive, and when you come across something like FREEBIE AND THE BEAN that revels in its offensiveness, even by 1970s standards, it's something of a rare unicorn. Admittedly, if every movie was as wildly 1970s non-PC it would normalize that sort of offensive speech, which would not be a good thing, but I do have to confess to enjoying comedy that dares to shock and offend (I mean, THE BAD NEWS BEARS is freakin' hilarious, but would never get made today). This film is also unique and ahead of its time in its casual treatment of some pretty extreme violence that predates Tarantino, Elmore Leonard, or Carl Hiaasen's depictions of violence done for laughs. It's a movie that's so gleefully socially irresponsible and is completely comfortable getting the audience pumped for impending violence that it's so bold as to encourage the audience to then laugh at the mayhem. A perfect example of this is a scene where Caan and Arkin have a hitman cornered in a bowling alley restroom and director Richard Rush (THE STUNT MAN) films what seems endless close-ups of the two getting out their guns, loading their weapons, adjusting them in their belts, giving a funny and exciting build up to what's about to happen. The scene goes on for so long that it becomes absurdly hilarious in the most wonderful of ways, as well as gives what happens next great build-up. Critically panned when it was first released for its senseless violence, FREEBIE AND THE BEAN ended up being a major hit that spawned a short-lived TV series and was originally slated for a sequel that was to be directed by Arkin. Making great use of San Francisco locations, not even mentioning some of the hair-raising car chases (that train close call is unbelievable!), FREEBIE AND THE BEAN is an action/comedy classic that paved the way for the likes of 48HRS, LETHAL WEAPON, and their modern-day ilk. Seriously, I endlessly could watch this movie over and over again. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 07/12/23 Full Review Security Officer J One of my top 10 cop movies of the 70s! Rated 5 out of 5 stars 07/01/23 Full Review Alan P Genius Buddy movie, not very PC, thin plot, VERY funny! Go see! Rated 5 out of 5 stars 07/02/23 Full Review andrew y Sometimes, a movie should just be seen as mindlessly enjoyable fun. Critics seem to miss that point and don't write for the majority of normal film watching public. On other occasions we may want something challenging in what we watch, and other times just to chill and have an easy time………… This is a classic example of exactly that. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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      Synopsis Two wisecracking plain-clothes San Francisco policemen discover that there is a contract on the life of the suspect they have been tailing. The pair decide to act as bodyguards until they can get a warrant to pick him up, but plans for a clean arrest go spectacularly wrong, and the two cops manage to bring the city to a virtual standstill.
      Richard Rush
      Richard Rush
      Production Co
      Warner Brothers/Seven Arts
      Original Language
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Dec 25, 1974, Original
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Aug 4, 2009
      1h 52m
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