The made-for-TV Great Cash Giveaway Getaway offers a great deal of screen time to a brace of unknowns. David Kyle and Elissa Leeds play teenagers Jim and Hallie, who find themselves in possession of $250,000. The money belongs to drug kingpin Hightower (George Hamilton), who intends to reclaim the dough and bump off the kids. While escaping Hightower, Jim and Hallie begin arbitrarily giving away their money to total strangers. In so doing, they become minor-league folk heroes, which serves only to further anger the vengeful villain. The Great Cash Giveaway Getaway debuted April 21, 1980.
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