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HTF REVIEW: "Brewster's Millions" (with screenshots) (1 Viewer)

Ronald Epstein

Senior HTF Member
Jul 3, 1997
Real Name
Ronald Epstein

Brewster's Millions

Year: 1985
Rated: PG
Film Length: 102 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 16x9 enhanced (1.85:1)

Coming off such renowned action hits as The
Warriors, The Long Riders, Streets Of Fire and
48 Hours, Director Walter Hill tried his
hands at directing Brewster's Millions, a
much simpler comedy with America's hottest comic
talents, Richard Pryor and John Candy. What many
may not know is that the film is actually a
remake of a 1961 movie called Three on a Spree.

Pryor really takes to the role of a relief pitcher
for a minor-league baseball team who suddenly comes
into a lot of money - and just as suddenly must spend
it all. It's a condition of the will left by his
practical-joker great-grandfather (Hume Cronyn) that
Pryor must rid himself of $30 million in 30 days in
order to get his full inheritance of $300 million.

While none of Director Walter Hill's stylish
touches are very evident, the movie does succeed
at being a very fool-proof entertaining comedy
although it lacks big laughs.
How is the transfer?
This film has never looked better on any format.
Although the overall transfer has a slight dullness
to it, picture remains clear and blemish free
(except for the title sequence). What you won't
help but notice is the vivid blue and orange colors
of the team uniforms that practically leap off the
screen. Distractive video noise virtually goes
unnoticed. Overall, a very nice transfer for
catalog product.

The sound is 2.0 mono, and there's not much more
you can say about the quality of mono sound except
that it comes across quite clearly through the
front channels.
Special Features

I wouldn't expect much extra material from this
film, but Universal has added a few gratuitous
extras nonetheless.
The film's Original Theatrical Trailer
is included as well as a nice Cast and
Filmmaker filmography that not only gives
their individual screen credits, but also a
short history on the actors themselves -- something
I don't normally see that often and find to be
a nice added touch.
The film's Production Notes tell how
Brewster's Millions was reincarnated from
a former stage play and movie, as well as how
Walter Hill became involved with the project.
Final Thoughts
Though certainly not a milestone in either
Richard Pryor or Walter Hill's career, nor a
particularly uproarious comedy, some may wonder
why I recommend Brewster's Millions. The
reason is simple: It's a fun movie to watch
thanks to the talents of Pryor and Candy. At
a price of under $15 at most on-line retailers,
this becomes an easy guilty pleasure.
Release Date: May 21, 2002


Senior HTF Member
Apr 26, 2000
Nice review, Ron. I've heard a lot of good things about this movie and I love John Candy's work. I'm not sure what the deal with this is, re-release or something, but I do hope to pick this one up at some point, sight unseen. :emoji_thumbsup:


Senior HTF Member
Apr 19, 1999
Real Name
Carl Fink
the film is actually a

remake of a 1961 movie called Three on a Spree.
It actually started out life as a novel, then as a play. It's been filmed at least half a dozen times. The first film adaptation of the story was done as far back as 1914.

John J Nelson

Stunt Coordinator
Dec 21, 2001
Is there any news on another Walter Hill film - "The Driver"?

I love this film. Ryan O'Neal is sooooooo cool...

-- J.


Stunt Coordinator
Apr 1, 2002
Real Name
James Garner
If Universal used 2.0 mono on their "Brewster's Millions" DVD, then somebody needs to re-master the DVD. The movie was released in Dolby Stereo. Granted, it was never a surround showcase even by 1985 standards; but using the intended sound format is just as critical as using the original aspect ratio

Ricardo C

Senior HTF Member
Feb 14, 2002
Real Name
Ricardo C
YES!! :D :emoji_thumbsup:
I caught "Brewster's Millions" on TV a week or so ago, and fell in love with it all over again (I first saw it some ten years ago). Not a classic, but a delightful film nonetheless. Pryor and Candy are excellent, and Hume Cronyn's brief appearance is hilarious. A 16x9 enhanced DVD of this movie gets a big :emoji_thumbsup: :emoji_thumbsup: from me :D


Supporting Actor
Jul 23, 2001
This is another one of those movies that I can't pull away from every time it comes on TV. As a result, I can see myself adding this to the 'ole DVD collection at some point.

It is too bad it's 2.0 mono, but the fact that it's anamorphic makes up for it.

Thanks for the review Ron!


Supporting Actor
May 13, 2001
Maybe it's like Woody Allen movies being released in Dolby Stereo.. Mono movies with sound coming from left and right. The sound decodes to the center channel exclusively.

Bill Buklis

Supporting Actor
Apr 9, 1999
Chicago, IL
Real Name
Bill Buklis
I always knew this movie was a remake, but I always thought it was a remake of Brewster's Millions. I never heard of Three on a Spree before. As has been mentioned it was first done in 1914. A quick look at IMDB and it lists:

Brewster's Millions (1914)

Brewster's Millions (1921)

Miss Brewster's Millions (1926)

Brewster's Millions (1935)

Brewster's Millions (1945)

Three on a Spree (1961)

Brewster's Millions (1985)

All except for Three on Spree, Miss Brewster's Millions, and 1935 version use the same main character of Montgomery Brewster.

I had no idea this story was so old and so often repeated.

In any case Richard Pryor's 1985 version (and the only one I've seen) is indeed quite hilarious. Excellent film.

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