Freebie and the Bean
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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… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 30%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Freebie (James Caan) is a cop whose corruption is supposed to be charming."
‑ Richard Schickel, TIME Magazine
"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
"Back in 1974, this type of frenetic crud was considered to be popular entertainment."
‑ Phil Hall, Film Threat
"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
"The humor is tasteless and racist, but the action scenes are fantastically choreographed and executed."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Caan and Arkin have great chemistry and the vehicle stunts are spectacular in this entertaining, very 1970s buddy-cop movie."
‑ Chuck O'Leary, Fantastica Daily
"On the whole, a film one can live without."
‑ , Time Out
"The best darn movie of the seventies you've never seen."
‑ Chris Laverty, Clothes on Film
"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."
‑ Richard Luck, Film4
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