Saturday, March 3, 2012
FREEBIE AND THE BEAN (1974)
For the most part, I think I hate buddy-cop movies. I can't recall any off the top of my head that are worthwhile. They're almost always a shitty combination of action movie cliches with stupid comedy bits and two guys bickering. I guess I'm more of a fan of the serious loner action star. This movie you could probably blame for setting the template for what was to come since it's one of the first in this sub-genre but what you do get here, that isn't in the subsequent family-friendly 80's and beyond versions, is stuff like blatant racism(The Bean is the name of our leading Mexican cop and he also gets called a dumb spic at least once), sexism, a cross-dressing killer and a general un-PC slant to everything. This only goes to show that even genres that I don't care much about were better made in the 70's.
There's lots of familiar faces that show-up throughout this flick including the camp counselor from SLEEPAWAY CAMP as a police lieutenant, Rhoda, the Jewish lady from THE MARY TYLER MOORE SHOW as a Hispanic housewife and Hot-Lips from M*A*S*H as a mob-wife.
Apparently this played, at one time, as part of on an action/kung-fu double-feature show: