Brewster’s MIllions (1985) – Encore Review


“What are you gonna vote?”- Monty Brewster

None of the above!” – Crowd

Number of Times Seen – Too many to count (Theater in ’85, cable, video, 1 Dec 2015 and 8 Apr 2020)

Link to original reviewHere

Brief Synopsis – A minor league baseball player will inherit $300 Million if he can find a way to spend $30 Million within 30 days without letting anyone know what he is doing.

My Take on it – This is among my favorite films from my childhood during the 80’s and I have such find memories of watching it over and over.

The premise is great and is able to work on various levels.

Richard Pryor made some really fun movies in his career but this IMHO is one of his best, if not his very best.

He has superb chemistry with John Candy as his best friend and with all of the supporting cast and it is filled with so much energy and electricity that it’s quite enjoyable watching these interactions.

This is a story that has been told numerous times before on screen, but this is perhaps the most enjoyable because they take things in such hilarious directions due to the laid back attitude of the story and of the character himself.

Things are paced really well and they find a way to give us a seemingly non-stop spending spree that is always challenging, engaging and most importantly entertaining the entire way through.

In addition to Candy, this movie has a great supporting cast that has the likes of Rick Moranis, Jerry Orbach, Hume Cronyn, Tovah Feldshuh, Joe Grifasi, Yakov Smirnoff  and even David White of Bewitched fame who all add so much to the atmosphere of things.

The writing is superb and some of the antics that his character plays in this film are quite ingenious in their delivery.

They find unique ways to present things and the end result is really hilarious.

Bottom Line – Such a fun film that works so well on so many levels. Pryor is at his best in this film and his chemistry with Candy and the other characters is electric. The story has been told numerous times before, but this is perhaps the funniest and most enjoyable because of the very laid back attitude of the character and the story line.  The story is paced really well and they give us a non-stop spending spree that constantly keeps things challenging, engaging and most importantly entertaining throughout.  The supporting cast is also great and we get to see some familiar faces along the way in somewhat minor parts.  Moranis, Orbach, Hingle, Cronyn, Feldshuh, Grifasi, Smirnoff and White are all so enjoyable to watch in these roles.  Some of the antics that he plays in this film are quite ingenious and in some cases are really funny in the way they are presented. Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – The movie has several connections with Walter Hill’s earlier film 48 Hrs. (1982). The bar in which Montgomery and Spike start a brawl is called Torchy’s, the same name of the bar Eddie Murphy shook down in 48 Hrs. (1982). The Torchy’s waitress in this film, who phones in the brawl to the police is played by Margot Rose, who also appeared in 48 Hrs. (1982) as the girlfriend of a character who (we’re told) used to tend bar at Torchy’s. The car driven by Brewster’s personal photographer is a sky-blue Cadillac convertible, the same type of heap driven by Nick Nolte. Also, 48 Hrs. (1982) was originally intended to co-star Richard Pryor when it was in development at Columbia Pictures during the late 1970s and early 1980s. (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy (8/10) (no change from original review)

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