Million Dollar Mystery

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"There are millions hidden somewhere nearby, and these wild and crazy people will do almost anything to find it."
  • PG
  • 1987
  • 1 hr 35 min
  • 5.0  (559)

Million Dollar Mystery is a comedy film from 1987, written and directed by Richard Fleischer. The film features an ensemble cast of popular actors including Eddie Deezen, Wendy Sherman and Rick Overton. The plot is centered around the mysterious disappearance of a large sum of money, and the frantic search by various groups of characters to find it before it's too late.

The movie begins with a group of individuals from all walks of life gathering at a gas station in the middle of nowhere to participate in a promotional game show called "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?" One of the contestants is a young woman named Sandy (Sherman), who is accompanied by her husband, Donald (Tom Bosley), a wealthy businessman. The game show involves a series of clues that lead to the location of a million dollar cash prize, hidden somewhere in the United States.

However, as soon as the game begins, the host of the show is killed in a freak accident, leaving the contestants and viewers in complete shock. The cash prize goes missing, and everyone is left wondering what happened to it. The entire country is consumed by the mystery, and everyone sets out to find the money.

The film then introduces a cast of eccentric characters who are all on the hunt for the missing cash prize. There is a bumbling private investigator named Harve (Deezen), who is hired by a wealthy businessman to find the money. There is also a group of friends who form their own search party, including a disgraced former professional boxer (Overton). Meanwhile, a group of hillbillies embarks on their own comical search for the money, leading to some of the most memorable moments in the film.

Throughout the movie, the various groups encounter a series of mishaps, mistaken identities, and misunderstandings that only heighten the comedic tension. They are relentlessly pursued by an aggressive reporter (Rick Ducommun) who is determined to uncover the mystery behind the missing cash prize.

As the film progresses, the clues lead the search parties to various parts of the United States, including a creepy carnival, a seedy motel, and a high-security prison. Each location presents its own set of challenges and obstacles, allowing for plenty of laughs and excitement.

Throughout the film, the writing is sharp, witty and clever, with plenty of hilarious one-liners and comedic situations. The film manages to balance humor and suspense deftly, keeping the audience on the edge of their seat while laughing out loud.

The performances in the film are also superb, with each actor bringing their own unique talent to the ensemble cast. Eddie Deezen shines as the hapless private investigator, while Wendy Sherman delivers a charming and sympathetic performance as the determined protagonist. The film also features fun cameos from high-profile actors, including Kevin Pollak and James Avery.

Overall, Million Dollar Mystery is a fun and entertaining comedic romp, filled with clever writing and lovable characters. The film manages to capture the spirit of the classic mystery genre while injecting it with plenty of humor and excitement, resulting in a thoroughly enjoyable movie experience. It's a must-see film for anyone who loves a good mystery with a healthy dose of humor thrown in.

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    5.0  (559)