Freebie and the Bean
- 1 hr 53 min
James Caan and Alan Arkin share some decent chemistry in 'Freebie and the Bean' as two San Francisco Bay area police detectives who are on a mission. Their lone objective is to bring to justice "Red Meyers" the boss of a local hijacking operation. As they close in on their quarry, they learn that Red is the target of a hit man, and if they don't act fast, they will never be able to nab him. 1974's 'Freebie and the Bean' is the prototype of today's buddy/cop movie. Alan Arkin's 'Bean' is a Mexican-American police detective with sufficient street smarts to do his job well, but is otherwise clueless in his everyday life. He chooses not to believe his partner when he is informed that his wife is probably cheating, and explains that he believes that personal vibrators are for facial massages because "that is what is says in their advertising". Caan's character 'Detective Freebie' is outrageously loud, highly cynical, aloof, and very nonchalant (especially when he and his partner crash automobiles). Freebie also has an ongoing feud with his next-door neighbor. Needless to say, 'Freebie and the Bean' is an action/comedy, all slapstick, with motor vehicle chases, and wise-cracking banter between the two main characters. Midway through the film there is a horrifying and at the same time extremely funny motorcycle chase scene that shambles down the most famous streets in the city of San Francisco. Later, the two give chase again, and ultimately launch their squad car off the end of an elevated highway high into the air and into the side of an apartment building and crashing into the bedroom of an elderly couple who were lying on the bed watching television. As the two calmly exit their destroyed police car, the elderly man's only complaint was to his wife: "TV is getting way too violent these days."