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Blu-ray Review

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Brewster's Millions (1985)
(2016 Reissue)


Starring: Richard Pryor, John Candy, Lonette McKee, Stephen Collins and Hume Cronyn
Distributor: Fabulous Films Ltd / Fremantle Media Enterprises
RRP: £19.99


Certificate: PG
Release Date: 06 June 2016

Montgomery Brewster is a lower league baseball player who is left a challenge in a will - either take $1 million upfront, or spend $30 million within 30 days to inherit $300 million. But you can't tell anyone what you are doing...

Brewster's Millions is a 1985 comedy starring Richard Pryor and John Candy, based on the 1902 novel of the same name by George Barr McCutcheon.

While the film has aged somewhat, it's still a damn fine comedy - which is not a surprise as Pryor is on top form as the down on his luck Brewster, who suddenly finds fame and fortune - but at a price. Here, poor Brewster is torn between being a good man, but equally of having to spend $30 million in 30 days with nothing to show for it at the end.

John Candy is equally entertaining in his supporting role as Brewster's friend, Spike. Sadly, Lonette McKee's character is a little two-dimensional, which is a shame as there was an opportunity here to have her more than just a potential love interest for Brewster.

Extras are a little sparse. All we get are the text based Cast and Filmmakers (selected info on some of the actors and crew) and Production Notes. Finally there's the Trailer (1 min, 26 sec).

So, a classic '80s comedy that is well worth picking up if you don't already own it on DVD.


Darren Rea

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