Freebie and the Bean
Freebie and the Bean (1974)

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… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: December 25, 1974
DVD Release Date: January 11, 2011
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Critic Score: 27% 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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Chris Laverty
Clothes on Film

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

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Variety Staff

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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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

One of those obnoxious wisecracking buddy cop movies about dimwit cops that fails to be funny.

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Phil Hall
Film Threat

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

Time Out

On the whole, a film one can live without.

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TV 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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 67% 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