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Free Money (1998)

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Walrus-like warden, Sven "Swede" Sorenson, a cross between Bluto and Wimpy, runs the prison, murders convicts who escape, and has the FBI on his trail in the form of agent Karen Polarski, ... See full summary »

Director:

Yves Simoneau

Writers:

Tony Peck (as Anthony Peck), Joseph Brutsman
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Marlon Brando ... The Swede
Donald Sutherland ... Judge Rolf Rausenberger
Charlie Sheen ... Bud (as Charles Sheen)
Thomas Haden Church ... Larry
Mira Sorvino ... Agent Karen Polarski
Martin Sheen ... New Warden
David Arquette ... Ned Jebee
Jean Pierre Bergeron ... Lauter (as JP Bergeron)
Rémy Girard ... Louis
Roc LaFortune ... Dwayne
Roy Dupuis ... The Turk
Christin Watson Christin Watson ... Inga
Holly Watson Holly Watson ... Liv
James Hyndman ... Mack
Frank Fontaine ... Sheriff Earl Knudsen
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Storyline

Walrus-like warden, Sven "Swede" Sorenson, a cross between Bluto and Wimpy, runs the prison, murders convicts who escape, and has the FBI on his trail in the form of agent Karen Polarski, the daughter of the town's corrupt judge. Swede's twins tell their father they're pregnant (they aren't), so he pushes their dim boyfriends, Bud and Larry, into shotgun marriages. He also turns his sons-in-law into slave labor, so Bud hatches an escape plan: to rob a train carrying old bills to the mint for burning. Larry's his reluctant accomplice. When Bud is captured and railroaded into Swede's jail, his death looks certain, until he hatches yet another plan that requires Larry's help. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Right scheme, wrong guys!

Genres:

Comedy | Crime

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some violence, language and sexuality | See all certifications »
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Country:

Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 December 1998 (Singapore) See more »

Also Known As:

Asalta como puedas See more »

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Budget:

$30,000,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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One of three films in which Charlie Sheen was billed under the name Charles. This was in keeping to his turning a new leaf in his personal life after his battles with alcohol and drug addiction along with the infamous Heidi Fleiss scandal. He would later return to his more familiar name after replacing Michael J. Fox on the hit series, Spin City (1996) in 2000. See more »

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Features Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969) See more »

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A Mixed Bag of Brilliant Treasure
2 October 2007 | by Zen BonesSee all my reviews

Currently this film has a 4.8 rating here at IMDb but in my opinion, VERY unjustly so! It teeters constantly between quirky, sweet humor, and macabre, almost cartoonish dark comedy. Which is to say, it's quintessential Brando. There's even a brief freeze-frame in the film of Brando with his hands flapping by his face in a 'neah-neah' gesture that is so 'Brandoesque'. He knows that his physical presence (a seemingly 500-pound ballet dancer) is a grand mixture of Father Christmas, Charlie Chaplin, Edward G. Robinson, and the man who bites off the heads of chickens at the circus. You just never know what you're going to get with him, so you - and the other characters in the film - are always kept a bit on edge (he played a somewhat similar character in "The Freshman"; another film that I've always thought was underrated).

Anyway, the train heist is merely a minor plot point, so I'm guessing that maybe that's why the movie bombed. Audiences were probably expecting a heist story with a solid, formula plot (probably along the scale of "Oceans Twelve"), and I'm guessing they felt extremely uncomfortable with the film's humble speed. The big-name cast also probably didn't help, because the film has a real 'Canadian provincial' feel to it (Hollywood, this film is not!). Nevertheless, the entire cast is fantastic; particularly Thomas Haden Church who I never would have guessed was the same guy in "Sideways"! Perhaps I'm just nuts, but I think this is a sleeper gem that has yet to find its true audience.


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