Freebie and the Bean (1974)

Genres - Action, Adventure, Comedy  |   Sub-Genres - Action Comedy, Buddy Film, Police Detective Film  |   Release Date - Dec 25, 1974 (USA - Unknown)  |   Run Time - 112 min.  |   Countries - USA  |   MPAA Rating - R
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Freebie (James Caan) and the Bean (Alan Arkin) are a pair of San Francisco cops. Red Meyers (Jack Kruschen) is the mobster whom Freebie and the Bean would like to see behind bars -- or, failing that, six feet under. Nothing stands in the way of the cops' pursuit of Meyers, meaning that private property is given quite a going-over in this picture. The film's most memorable scene finds Freebie and the Bean crashing their car into a poor schnook's living room. TV favorites Loretta Swit and Valerie Harper play the only female roles worth mentioning. The racist and sexist humor in Freebie and the Bean may not go over as well today as it did in the politically incorrect early '70s.

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criminal, car, chase, detective, friendship, gangster, police, robbery