|If you can put
this movie in its time (1974) and inoculate yourself against racist, misogynistic,
homophobic dialogue and plot details, you might just enjoy Freebie and
the Bean. James Caan and Alan Arkin are police detectives protecting
a bad guy from worse guys. Wonderful San Francisco locations abound, though
purists will note they're not represented realistically. A car goes into
the Broadway Tunnel and comes out the Stockton Tunnel, for example. In
some scenes, locations announced over the cops' radio are given made up,
LA-ish names like "Wilshire Bowl," "North Orange," and "Broad Street and
53rd." All things considered, and because it predates "Beverly Hills Cop,"
as a testosterone comedy it's not bad. Remembered for its many, many car wrecks and for a scene near the end in which Caan riddles a transexual with bullets.
Directed by Richard Rush, Freebie and the Bean also stars Valerie Harper,
Loretta Swit, Alex Rocco, and Jack Kruschen.
525 Market Street (confrontation
at rooftop construction site)
Copyright 2002 Hank Donat