Junkfood Cinema Podcast: Freebie and The Bean

By  · Published on July 29th, 2015

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It’s with much defiance that Cargill and I tender our badges and guns and close the book on Buddy Cop July. But before we march out of the precinct, hellbent on solving the case with or without permission, we offer up a bizarre parting shot!

1974’s Freebie and the Bean is a great movie, if completely bonkers and more than a little offensive. Alan Arkin and James Caan play possibly the worst “good guys” ever to supposedly be charged with serving and protecting. The two actors, like rogue cops, refused to play by even the director’s rules and the result is one of those insanely rare occurrences in which the performers are making a completely different movie from the filmmaker…and it works!

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Longtime FSR columnist, current host of FSR’s Junkfood Cinema podcast. President of the Austin Film Critics Association.