Mr. Billion

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"The eyes of the nation are on . . . MR. BILLION!"
  • PG
  • 1977
  • 1 hr 32 min
  • 5.4  (1,355)

Mr. Billion is a 1977 comedy film directed by Jonathan Kaplan and stars Terence Hill, Valerie Perrine, and Jackie Gleason. The film follows the story of Anthony Falcon, a young and wealthy man who is set to inherit $1 billion from his newly-deceased uncle. However, in order to claim his fortune, Anthony must first find and marry a woman named Rosie Jones, who is living somewhere in the United States.

Anthony sets out on a quest to find Rosie, accompanied by his butler, Guido (played by Hill). Their journey takes them across the country, from New York City to the Grand Canyon, encountering a series of absurd situations and outlandish characters along the way.

Valerie Perrine plays Rosie Jones, a tough-talking truck driver who is initially reluctant to get involved with Anthony's scheme. Jackie Gleason plays multi-millionaire John Cutler, a rival of Anthony's uncle who will stop at nothing to claim the inheritance for himself.

As Anthony and Guido make their way across America, they encounter a series of oddball characters, including a motorcycle gang, a group of cowboys, and a wealthy eccentric played by Slim Pickens. Along the way, Anthony and Rosie begin to develop feelings for each other, complicating matters for Anthony's original plan to marry her and claim his fortune.

The film is full of slapstick humor and witty one-liners, with Terence Hill's physical comedy and Valerie Perrine's tough-talking attitude providing a solid foundation for the film's laughs. Jackie Gleason's scenery-chewing performance as the conniving John Cutler adds a touch of villainy to the proceedings, while minor characters such as the bumbling private investigator hired by Cutler and the motorcycle gang leader who befriends Anthony and Guido add to the film's comedic chaos.

Mr. Billion is also notable for its stunning location photography, capturing the beauty and scope of the American landscape, with Anthony and Guido's journey taking them through major landmarks such as the Empire State Building and the Grand Canyon. The film's colorful and energetic visual style helps to further elevate the comedic tone.

Overall, Mr. Billion is a charming and silly comedy that showcases the comedic talents of Terence Hill and Valerie Perrine. While the film may not be remembered as a classic of the genre, it remains an entertaining and enjoyable watch, with a thrilling and comedic road trip across America at its center.

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Description
  • Release Date
    1977
  • MPAA Rating
    PG
  • Runtime
    1 hr 32 min
  • Language
    English
  • IMDB Rating
    5.4  (1,355)