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Brewster's Millions


A minor league baseball player has to waste $30m in 30 days in order to inherit $300m; however he's not allowed to tell anyone about the $300m deal.

Release Year: 1985

Rating: 6.1/10 (14,297 voted)

Walter Hill

Stars: Richard Pryor, John Candy, Lonette McKee

Brewster is a minor league baseball player. Unknown to him, he had a (recently deceased) rich relative. In order to test if Brewster knows the value of money, he is given the task of disposing of $30m in 30 days. Brewster isn't allowed to have any assets to show for the $30m or waste the money in any way. If successful, Brewster gets to inherit $300m. The biggest problem of all however, is that Brewster can't tell anyone what he's doing, so everyone thinks he's crazy. Add to this the fact that if he fails, two scheming trustees will get their hands on the money, Brewster's task is not an easy one.

Writers: George Barr McCutcheon, Herschel Weingrod


Richard Pryor

Montgomery Brewster

John Candy

Spike Nolan

Lonette McKee

Angela Drake

Stephen Collins

Warren Cox

Jerry Orbach

Charley Pegler

Pat Hingle

Edward Roundfield

Tovah Feldshuh


Hume Cronyn

Rupert Horn

Joe Grifasi

J.B. Donaldo

Peter Jason

Chuck Fleming

David White

George Granville

Jerome Dempsey

Norris Baxter

David Wohl

Eugene Provost

Ji-Tu Cumbuka


Milt Kogan


One man is about to make the biggest decision that will change the course of his life… financially and mentally.

Release Date: 22 May 1985

Filming Locations: 101 Park Avenue, Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $20,000,000


Gross: $40,833,132

Technical Specs


Did You Know?


This is the seventh film adaptation of George Barr McCutcheon's 1902 novel.


When Spike makes a profit of 10 million, Brewser ask to be alone. When they walk out the door closes and in the next frame they open the door and you hear the door close again.


Monty Brewster:
Why is it when there's trouble we're the ones that get into it. I mean, there's a bar full of people and we're the only ones in jail.

Spike Nolan:
I don't think it's racial you know, because I'm in here with you.

Monty Brewster:
That's comforting.

User Review

Great Comedy

Rating: 7/10

Montgomery Brewster (Richard Pryor) is a down and out baseball player
in the lower leagues along with his best friend Spike Nolan (John
Candy). Out of the blue he inherits 30 Million Dollars that he must
spend in 30 Days and have nothing to show for it, so he can get his
real inheritance of 300 Million Dollars; oh yes and he he can't tell
anyone why he has to waste all this money.

This excellent and hilarious story is played out brilliantly by Pryor
and Candy, and it takes us on a spending spree that has its up and
downs for poor Mr Brewster. Because of the nature of the movies theme,
Brewsters millions is quite firmly rooted in the 80's when it was made,
but it still entertains with ease and is well worth watching.