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Brewster's Millions (1985)

PG  |   |  Comedy  |  22 May 1985 (USA)
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A minor-league baseball player has to spend $30,000,000 in thirty days in order to inherit $300,000,000. However, he's not allowed to tell anyone about the deal.



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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. Written by Rob Hartill

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From the people that brought you "The Warrriors", "48 Hrs.", and "Streets of Fire" comes a film about one man's chance to be rich... with a catch. See more »




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Release Date:

22 May 1985 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Brewsters millioner  »

Box Office


$20,000,000 (estimated)


$38,800,000 (USA)

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The movie has a number of 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. In yet another nod to Hill's 1982 box-office hit, the car driven by Brewster's personal photographer is a sky-blue Cadillac convertible, the same type of heap driven by Nick Nolte in that earlier film. Moreover, 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. See more »


The shadow of the boom mic can be seen moving on Salvino's left shoulder during the meeting with Heller. See more »


Charley Pegler: upon watching his infield screw up a simple three-base toss during practice: "Great! That's great! Tinker to Evers to Shit!"
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Richard Pryor Is Hilarious Once Again
4 November 2002 | by (Las Vegas, Nevada) – See all my reviews

In one of his all time best film performances, Richard Pryor portrays Montgomery Brewster, the pitcher for a minor league baseball team in New Jersey. His wealthy uncle dies and leaves him a $300 million inheritance....but there's a catch. In order to get it, he must spend $30 million in 30 days. It might sound simple enough but a position in the New York stock market as well as a phony election campaign for mayor sometimes keep bringing spent money back to him. Hilarious complications ensue as Pryor attempts to spend all of the money and keep it spent without getting any of it back. Pryor shines in a fine character role that's away from his usual con man typecasting.

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