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Freebie and the Bean

James Caan and Alan Arkin are the title characters in this oh-so-’70’s (and not in a good way) crime caper as they try to prevent the murder of a gangster so he can squeal on the big bosses. On the plus side it does have Loretta ‘Hot Lips’ Swit and Valerie ‘Rhoda’ Harper in and to be honest, we haven’t seen this for an awfully long time but we do remember it being vaguely funny. But ‘Caan’ and ‘funny’ aren’t usually two words that go together, except perhaps for ‘Isn’t it funny that Caan chose to make this bobbins after hitting the big time with The Godfather?’

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  1. Lee James Turnock

    May 22, 2010 at 12:09 pm

    Another one of those “my brother’s favourite film” type films that results in crashing disappointment when you finally get to see the bloody thing. Bean, by the way, is short for ‘beaner’, vaguely offensive American slang for a Mexican person. Which just about tells you everything you need to know.

  2. THX 1139

    September 12, 2012 at 9:35 pm

    For better or worse they’d call it “gloriously non-PC” these days, but the car chase which ends with them crashing into a fifth floor apartment is pretty impressive in a 1970s if in doubt smash it up way. I saw the toned down TV version before I saw this, and can still “sing” the them tune, but can’t remember if it was from the movie originally.

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