Cinema: Soft-Core Sadism

FREEBIE AND THE BEAN

Directed by RICHARD RUSH

Screenplay by ROBERT KAUFMAN

Freebie (James Caan) is a cop whose corruption is supposed to be charming. If, for example, a witness he is guarding enters a fancy clothing store, he will spot a few fire-ordinance violations and trade silence for a new jacket. The Bean (Alan Arkin) is Freebie's partner, an excitable Chicano who frets about Freebie's hustles and reckless driving habits. He also worries, in a supposedly comic manner, that his wife Consuelo (Valerie Harper) may be cuckolding him during the many overtime hours he devotes ineptly, if eagerly, to duty.

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