Freebie and the Bean
Freebie and the Bean (1974)

In this action comedy, nefarious San Francisco gangster Red Meyers (Jack Kruschen) keeps giving the slip to Freebie (James Caan) and Bean (Alan Arkin), the two detectives on his tail.

Rated: R
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Release Date: January 11, 2011
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Critic Score: 30% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine

Freebie (James Caan) is a cop whose corruption is supposed to be charming.

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Vincent Canby
New York Times

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.

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Phil Hall
Film Threat

Back in 1974, this type of frenetic crud was considered to be popular entertainment.

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Variety Staff
Variety

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.

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TV Guide's Movie Guide

The humor is tasteless and racist, but the action scenes are fantastically choreographed and executed.

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Chuck O'Leary
Fantastica Daily

Caan and Arkin have great chemistry and the vehicle stunts are spectacular in this entertaining, very 1970s buddy-cop movie.

Time Out

On the whole, a film one can live without.

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Chris Laverty
Clothes on Film

The best darn movie of the seventies you've never seen.

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Richard Luck
Film4

Rush's movie can be enjoyed as kitsch, but it plays better as an early stab at a Lethal Weapon-style movie, effortlessly combining violence and humour.

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Flixster Audience Score: 72% Flixster User Reviews
Ken Stachnik
Thoroughly awesome, the first real buddy cop film is also one of the best. Totally ridiculous and full of shenanigans.
Tim Salmons
I don't really know if Freebie and the Bean classifies as the first buddy cop film, but if it is, it's the best one I've ever seen. It's… More
Anthony Lawrie
It?s a classic, it?s one of the best buddy/cop movies ever, the formula has often been copied but has never been bettered. Arkin and Caan are brilliant… More