Brewster's Millions Movie Review

Brewster's Millions

You don't have to be crazy to blow 30 million dollars in 30 days. But it helps.
Brewster's Millions Picture
Richard Pryor and John Candy star


Richard Pryor, John Candy, Lonette McKee, Stephen Collins

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The ingenious concept of Brewster's Millions has been fascinating Hollywood for almost a century. Originally a novel written by George McCutcheon and then a stage play written by Byron Ongley, it's been adapted for the screen five times (1914, 1921, 1935, 1945 and 1985). It inspired the movie "Miss Brewster's Millions" in 1926, and appears to have been the basis for Money Talks in 1933. Fatty Arbuckle starred in one of the films just before the big scandal ended his career. Cecil B. DeMille co-directed one of the film versions.

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Panned by the critics, loved by the fans. Brewster's Millions is a classic 80's movie.

Monty Brewster (Pryor) is an ageing, flailing, baseball player for the Hackensack Bulls. A man whose life is fast disappearing down the toilet. That is, until a guy who he thinks is a scout for the Chicago Cubs turns up to watch him play.

It is from here that Pryor and Candy act out the movie in their impeccable, wacky way. Pryor is told that his uncle has died and that he is set to inherit $300 million, but only if he can spend $30 million in 30 days and have nothing to show for it. No assets. Nothing.

It's not as easy as you think!

A very watchable and fun movie. Brewster's Millions will have you laughing in disbelief at some of the crazy stunts pulled off just to spend that $30 million. So don't hang around, if you haven't seen this movie before, track it down and find out why it's an 80's classic!

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This movie is genuinely funny in places. It's well acted and shines in that typical 80's style we all know and love. Worthy of a casual watch.

Genuinely funny in places. Well acted. Good for casual viewing.
Loses a bit of it's charisma after too many viewings.

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Key Crew

Director: Walter Hill
Writer: George Barr McCutcheon, Herschel Weingrod, Timothy Harris
Producers: Lawrence Gordon, Gene Levy, Joel Silver, Mae Woods
Locations Manager: Michael Dick

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Release Date: 22 May 1985
MPAA Rating: PG
Studio: Universal Pictures
Production: Universal Pictures
Genre: Comedy

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