Thursday, January 21, 2016

Freebie and the Bean

1974 American Feature

Cast: Alan Arkin, James Caan, Loretta Swit, Jack Kruschen, Mike Kellin, Linda Marsh, Alex Rocco, Valerie Harper and Christopher Morley
Director: Richard Rush
Writers: Robert Kaufman and Floyd Mutrux

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.


  • Internet Movie Database: 6.5/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes - Critics: 30% / Audience: 69%

  • DVD: Available


  • Golden Globe nomination for Most Promising Newcomer - Female (Harper).
  • Motion Picture Sound Editors Golden Reel Award for Best Sound Editing - Sound Effects.

  • A short-lived television series based on the film, starring Tom Mason and H├ęctor Elizondo in the title roles, premiered on CBS in 1980.
  • As seen in the documentary The Celluloid Closet, the gratuitous shooting of the hit man in drag (billed in the credits as "Transvestite") is one of the most over-the-top depictions of homophobic violence in film.

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