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Plot: San Francisco police detectives Freebie and Bean are determined to bust local crime boss Red Meyers at any cost, even if this means destroying the whole city in the process. Runtime: 113 mins Release Date: 25 Dec 1974
Long before the PC crowd raised their ugly heads, there was Freebie and the Bean 1974 , a very watchable and funny comedy about two San Francisco cops who nearly destroy the city in their pursuit of a gangster. Alan Arkin and James Caan are in top form as the constantly bickering partners who will say or do anything to get their man. Entertaining from start to finish.
Don't take it so seriously! (by Andrew_Walton)
OMG. I can't believe all the chuckleheads banging on about un-pc this and too much violence that. It's a stupid 70's comedy and one of the five best from the 70's - Slapshot, Uptown Saturday Night and Animal House being three others.You get one choice of your own to add! I just watched it again today and still enjoyed it as much as when I first saw it in the 70's. Basically it takes the formula for chase gags straight the era of Buster Keaton as such and updates them to the 70's. I'm still trying to figure out how some people claim that Arkin is a stiff and has no <more>
chemistry with Cann. The only better pairing from that period for comedy has been Cosby and Poitier. I'm also running All In The Family another celebration of un-PCness and again, it's dated but I see very few people with the guts to put out that kind of comedy today.
This movie is both odd and quite funny. (by yossarian100)
This movie is both odd and quite funny. I saw Freebie And The Bean at the theater and laughed so hard I was actually asked to leave. It's always a pleasure to watch Alan Arkin work, and he works so well playing off James Caan, who's fantastic in this film, too. Be forewarned, though, if you're bothered by things politically incorrect, you may be offended by Freebie And The Bean.The story is unimportant because it's the comic skits that make this movie work. Freebie James Caan is part of a detective team who thinks the major part of his benefit package is whatever he can walk <more>
away with, while Bean Alan Arkin plods along worrying that his wife is having an affair with the landscaper. Freebie and the Bean crashing their car off an overpass and into the upper floor of an apartment building, Freebie giving Bean a fashion lesson about why buttons don't fall off of expensive shirts, or Bean grilling his wife, played by Valerie Harper, attempting to catch her in a lie about the suspected affair....these are worth watching the film for and are some of the funniest scenes I've ever seen. Keep in mind, though, this movie is quite violent and there's this fantastic trans-gendered character who seems to offend alot of folks as well.I'll own this movie as soon as it comes out on DVD and I totally recommend it.
The most dysfunctional buddy cop movie I've ever saw! (by GOWBTW)
Before Riggs and Murtaugh, or even Starsky & Hutch, there's Freebie and The Bean, most in-your face buddy team of the police force. Maybe they are the laughing stock of the police force. These team make Dirty Harry want to change his ways of handling crime. These guys put the P.B. in Police Brutality! But in a funny way! Other than attacking the perpetrators they attack each other. Freebie James Caan is a hot-head and practical joker, while Bean Alan Arkin is calm in some ways just as the same as Freebie. Ford really put themselves in high gear with their vehicles, and the famous <more>
white LTD, took a lot of punishment through the movie. My favorite scenes is where the car leaped off the bridge, and made a window in someone's apartment. Calling a tow truck? HA! You better call a crane instead. While most cops work out their differences, Freebie and the Bean handle their way, they go at each others throats! This movie is funny, scary, and adventurous all together, with the choice of stars, everything was pulled off great. And how. What a comedy! While you have a chance. 4 out of 5 stars.
how many Ford products does it take to screw in a light comedy? (by rhinocerosfive-1)
For what it is - a cop buddy movie - FREEBIE AND THE BEAN is the paragon. Violent action, high comedy, low humor, more car wrecks than a weekend with the Lohans, and something rare in any genre: two hours of genuine sympathy between grown men. Plus Alex Rocco. Alan Arkin and James Caan play cops in love, an un-ironic friendship displayed with banter and charisma. Mutual appreciation and respect is palpable in every scene. This is even more impressive in light of Alan Arkin's public denigration of working with Richard Rush and this particular film-making experience generally. They are <more>
aided by a Laurel & Hardy-meet-Lenny Bruce sensibility in the script and direction, which demands the extent of their abilities at the height of their powers. Gifted comedians both, Arkin and Caan invest the technical stuff - timing, delivery, physicality - with real emotion. It doesn't hurt that Robert Kaufman and Floyd Mutrux have given them wonderful things to say, and wonderful situations in which to say them. Richard Rush uses a lot of carnival music, and this is not his only evidence of carny taste. He likes to titillate, shock and amaze. That's all fine, as far as entertainment goes, but Rush has aspirations. Throughout his career he's made gestures to the absurd and surreal, with mixed results. His movies often seem giddy, his hand showing on purpose, pawing in self-reflexive gesture. This kind of trapeze act doesn't always work. THE STUNTMAN, for all its many virtues, does not pull off 100% of the tricks up its sleeve. Fellini and Fosse had a surer hand for that sort of detail. This movie aims lower and succeeds at just about every level, though careening on two wheels. The whole film feels just on the edge of out-of-control: the plot, the story, the action, all strain credibility. The cops kill people, destroy public and private property, bicker, donnybrook; the robbers preen, prance and pratfall. The jokes and the violence push the limits of good taste. And the guy on that trials bike isn't even trying to look like James Caan. But it's all part of the cuckoo world of Me Generation Hollywood, show biz kids drunk with power and roaring for approval. You can almost catch a buzz off all the cocaine blowing around the post-hippie pre-yuppie San Francisco set.
Outrageous, obnoxious, violent, sexist, profane, vulgar, and raw in almost all aspects of its production, this crimer-comedy from 1974 is infamous not just for its aforementioned exploitation movie-poster adjectives but the hilarious chemistry between co-bastards James Caan and Alan Arkin. Truly the prototype 70s movie that defies even the most elementary descriptions: is it a comedy? A fascist cop thriller? A slapstick kid's movie? All of the above. Well, maybe not a kid's movie, though I caught it on network t.v.--illegally--as a impressionable 8 year old. Detectives Caan and Arkin <more>
are looking to nail a blowhard crime kingpin in San Francisco, and, basically, reduce the entire city to rubble in the process. Additionally, the number of endangered background extras featured on-screen must have resulted in numerous lawsuits and--very likely--hospitalizations. Fact has it that Caan and Arkin both allied against director Richard Rush during production, their excuse being he was jeopardizing their lives. One scene depicting an airborne Plymouth Fury being birthed out of a tunnel beneath the Panam building, at easily 50 m.p.h., and nearly decapitating a man, is beyond explanation. As if the immensely destructive, punctuating car chases aren't enough to earn the movie its R rating, the completely rancid dialog between its leads makes the buddy cop films of the 80s appear positively anemic. Nonetheless, right when you think the film's poorly written--more like scribbled--female characters couldn't get any worse or neglected , the luminous Valerie Harper appears in a knockout scene as the wife of Arkin. Here the movie takes on an entirely different mood, providing both actors the opportunity to humanize an otherwise staunchly sociopathic tale of brutal police work tempered by wonderful doo-doo and ethnic humor. Plenty of highlights, including cameos by both Paul Koslo and a supremely icky Christopher Morley. The joyful music score is obviously another stab at political correctness. It's bouncy theme song inclined my over-age toddler's ass to tune in, possibly expecting a movie about wacky clowns rather than dirty cops who drive cars through parades, shoot people while they're dropping deuce, yell racial epithets, abuse suspects, talk about deviant love-making, and destroy everything from art fairs to posh restaurants with vehicles, motorcycles, or their bare hands. For connoissuers of 70s cinema, this is the one.
A Lost 1970's classic. What a belter. (by El-Scotcho)
The Daddy of 'em all. The original & still the best. Arkin & Caan are on top form as you saw it here first mis-matched, loose-cannon cops, who leave a trail of destruction oh, beautiful destruction! in their wake. With it being the 70's, the language is somewhat 'colourful', which just adds to Caan's character. Foul-mouthed 70's cops, don't you just love 'em? The stunts are top-notch and spectacular, not to mention highly original and almost comic book The car pile-up scene & 'that' scene where they crash the car Rush's direction <more>
is excellent as well. He only made this because he couldn't get 'The Stunt Man' off the ground! which is another corker Altogether an very, VERY enjoyable romp COP-romp, that is The film was virtually remade as Lethal weapon 4 not to mention 1, 2 & 3! My favourite scene is the ludicrous fight in the restaurant kitchen, where Rush must've just said 'try to destroy everything you can in this scene, boys'. Which they did. Brilliant.
I have read reviews of this film that apologize for its racism and its lack of political correctness. The first thing I would say about this is I do not believe that this film is racist, "Freebie" James Caan is a racist and this is something his Mexican partner "Bean" Alan Arkin takes him to task for. I would suggest that the title characters are, more than anything else, amoral.What I like about this film is it completely turns on its head the Detective/Buddy Cop Genre; everything you expect from the genre is turned upside down. Freebie and Bean are incompetent, <more>
violent, destroy half the city in the pursuit of suspects, beat up innocent victims by accident and Freebie, as his name suggests, steals things. This film appears to deliberately go out of its way to upset every possible expectation leaving no stone unturned in its pursuit of this.The Cinematography by the great Laszlo Kovacs is excellent and there is great chemistry between James Caan and Alan Arkin as the sometimes warring partners and sometimes friends. I think this is one of Alan Arkin's finest performances as he plays uptight neurotic characters so well. Also of note is the delightful performance of Valerie Harper as Bean's long suffering wife. This film also contains some amazing stunt work.I find this film vibrant, wonderfully ridiculous and genuinely funny and I have read that two fans of this film are Quentin Tarantino and the late Stanley Kubrick.
74 buddy movie is still legendary (by PeterMitchell-506-564364)
Although it's story is a letdown, Caan and Arkin' make a great teaming of "throw the book out the window cops", I'm prepared to forgive this. They're two of the most unruly cops I've ever seen. They're methods of questioning are mostly exorcised by physical violence and threats of intimidation. They total three squad cars in three days, would you believe, one of the cars going off a speed ramp and crashing through a wall of a elderly couples home is a classic. The couple, sitting up in bed, sharing milk and cookies, just have stunned looks. These cops are <more>
tailing this old codger, who's involved in racketeering, where there's a good chance he's gonna be hijacked. This leads us to wonder why our dynamic duo are so wasting their time on this clown. They even trawl threw a boot of garbage, fishing out a list, they present to their superior, who tells them "They're not fit to guard the fish at the aquarium". This movie works, thanks to Caan, and especially Arkin, who I loved in this. One interrogation scene, involving a gay guy in a bath, was funny too, wanting the two to rough him up, where Caan says "Let's get out of here before this freak starts drinking the bathwater". Valerie Rhoda Harper lends great support as Arkin's wife, while Loretta "Hot lips Hoolahan" Swit pops up as the old codger's mistress. I love this movie every time I watch it. It one of those rare buddy cop movie's where, the cops are so out of line, it's not funny. Sometimes they are like kids, causing an ambulance to topple over at it's end, or chasing each other through a playground while on surveillance of that joker. Don't miss this opportunity view.