Brewster’s Millions’ is a 1985 comedy film starring Richard Pryor and John Candy based on the 1902 novel of the same name by George Barr McCutcheon. It was directed by Walter Hill. (48 Hours, The Getaway)
Montgomery Brewster is a lower league baseball player who is left a challenge in a will – either take $1 million upfront, or spend $30 million within 30 days to inherit $300 million. But you can’t tell anyone what you are doing…
It had a budget of $20m, and grossed $45m. It didn’t quite make back the $30m that Brewster spent during filming. Princess Anne visited the set as part of her US tour. Ironically she stands to inherit much more than Brewster.
Richard Prior’s life was a crazy one. At 16, he was expelled from Central High School for punching his science teacher. He was then expelled from a Catholic grammar school in Peoria, Illinois, when the nuns found out his grandmother owned a string of brothels. A fire that nearly killed him while free-basing cocaine in the early 1980s was in fact a suicide attempt. His management created the “accident” lie for the press in hopes of protecting him. He remarried two of his ex-wives and suffered from multiple sclerosis from 1986 until his death in 2005. He was chosen as #1 in Comedy Central’s 100 Greatest Stand-Ups of All Time and awarded The First Annual Kennedy Center Mark Twain Prize.
This was the 7th of 10 versions of the film made so far – the earliest being 1914.
Brewster’s Millions’ soundtrack was by Ry Cooder – yes that fucker from the Buena Vista Social Club who soundtracked every dinner party in the late 90s.
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