Brewster's Millions

May 22nd, 1985


Brewster's Millions

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A minor league baseball player has to waste $30m in 30 days in order to inherit $300m; however he's not allowed to tell anyone about the $300m deal.

Release Year: 1985

Rating: 6.1/10 (14,297 voted)

Director: Walter Hill

Stars: Richard Pryor, John Candy, Lonette McKee

Brewster is a minor league baseball player. Unknown to him, he had a (recently deceased) rich relative. In order to test if Brewster knows the value of money, he is given the task of disposing of $30m in 30 days. Brewster isn't allowed to have any assets to show for the $30m or waste the money in any way. If successful, Brewster gets to inherit $300m. The biggest problem of all however, is that Brewster can't tell anyone what he's doing, so everyone thinks he's crazy. Add to this the fact that if he fails, two scheming trustees will get their hands on the money, Brewster's task is not an easy one.

Writers: George Barr McCutcheon, Herschel Weingrod

Richard Pryor - Montgomery Brewster
John Candy - Spike Nolan
Lonette McKee - Angela Drake
Stephen Collins - Warren Cox
Jerry Orbach - Charley Pegler
Pat Hingle - Edward Roundfield
Tovah Feldshuh - Marilyn
Hume Cronyn - Rupert Horn
Joe Grifasi - J.B. Donaldo
Peter Jason - Chuck Fleming
David White - George Granville
Jerome Dempsey - Norris Baxter
David Wohl - Eugene Provost
Ji-Tu Cumbuka - Melvin
Milt Kogan - Heller

Taglines: One man is about to make the biggest decision that will change the course of his life... financially and mentally.

Release Date: 22 May 1985

Filming Locations: 101 Park Avenue, Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $20,000,000 (estimated)

Gross: $40,833,132 (USA) (1985)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?

This is the seventh film adaptation of George Barr McCutcheon's 1902 novel.

Continuity: When Spike makes a profit of 10 million, Brewser ask to be alone. When they walk out the door closes and in the next frame they open the door and you hear the door close again.

Monty Brewster: Why is it when there's trouble we're the ones that get into it. I mean, there's a bar full of people and we're the only ones in jail.
Spike Nolan: I don't think it's racial you know, because I'm in here with you.
Monty Brewster: That's comforting.

User Review

Great Comedy

Rating: 7/10

Montgomery Brewster (Richard Pryor) is a down and out baseball player in the lower leagues along with his best friend Spike Nolan (John Candy). Out of the blue he inherits 30 Million Dollars that he must spend in 30 Days and have nothing to show for it, so he can get his real inheritance of 300 Million Dollars; oh yes and he he can't tell anyone why he has to waste all this money.

This excellent and hilarious story is played out brilliantly by Pryor and Candy, and it takes us on a spending spree that has its up and downs for poor Mr Brewster. Because of the nature of the movies theme, Brewsters millions is quite firmly rooted in the 80's when it was made, but it still entertains with ease and is well worth watching.



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