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Thursday, March 7, 2013

Brewster's Millions (1985)

"Brewster's Millions" (1985) is a comedy film starring Richard Pryor, based on the 1902 novel by George Barr McCutcheon under the same title. Walter Hill was responsible for directing, and Herschel Weingrod and Timothy Harris wrote the screenplay. Additional cast members include John Candy, Lonette McKee, Stephen Collins, Jerry Orbach, and Pat Hingle. The movie was a box office success, earning over $48 million on a $15 million budget. How ironic the difference is almost the same amount Montgomery Brewster had to spend in the movie.

Director: Walter Hill
Writers: George Barr McCutcheon, Herschel Weingrod, Timothy Harris

Starring Richard Pryor, John Candy, Lonette McKee, Stephen Collins, Jerry Orbach, Pat Hingle, Tovah Feldshuh, Hume Cronyn, Joe Grifasi, Ji-Tu Cumbuka, Peter Jason, David White, Jerome Dempsey

After losing his position as a minor-league pitcher, Montgomery Brewster (Richard Pryor) learns his great-uncle has left him $300 million. To inherit it, Brewster must spend $30 million in 30 days under a complicated set of rules forbidding him from donating too much to charity or retaining new assets when the period is up. Unable to share details about the will's odd conditions with anyone, Brewster sets out to spend his money under the stern eye of paralegal Angela Drake (Lonette McKee).