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Freebie and the Bean

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Richard Rush

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Plot Summary

What cops in their right minds would arrest a big-time racketeer on an indecent exposure charge because he zipped up his fly? The answer is none. The answer's also Freebie Waters and Benito "the Bean" Vasquez, assuredly not in their right minds. James Caan and Academy Award winner Alan Arkin are Freebie and Bean, mismatched San Francisco cops who bird-dog a notorious mobster as if auditioning for a demolition derby, cutting loose with bullets and wisecracks all the way. Directed by Richard Rush (The Stunt Man), this rough-and-ready early buddy-cop caper follows in the skidmarks of Bullitt and The French Connection – but it's a burning-rubber classic itself, with four major chases scenes and more than 100 car crashes. Fully loaded with humor and firepower, Freebie and the Bean is one beloved smash hit.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 10
  • Fresh: 3
  • Rotten: 7
  • Average Rating: 5.1/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Rotten: It has a cast of otherwise good actors doing bits of business (sometimes called acting) as if they thought they could upstage all of the movie's automobiles, which are seldom still. – Vincent Canby, New York Times, May 17, 2013

Rotten: Freebie (James Caan) is a cop whose corruption is supposed to be charming. – Richard Schickel, TIME Magazine, May 17, 2013

Rotten: Richard Rush's tasteless film, from a spitball script by Robert Kaufman, utilized lots of stunt and action crews disturbing the peace all over San Francisco. – Variety Staff, Variety, May 17, 2013

Rotten: On the whole, a film one can live without. – Time Out, May 17, 2013

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Customer Reviews

Chaos in the name of the law

Buddy cops tearing up the city over ten years before Lethal Weapon.

A great 70's movie, hallelujah.

Everything that the politically correct wag their fingers at now.
In double helpings. Delicious, wanton mayhem.
Lots of meaningless - yet well shot (and very funny) - violence.
And lots of 1970's San Francisco, whizzing by.

Freebie and the Bean
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  • $9.99
  • Genre: Action & Adventure
  • Released: 1974

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