Cinema: Greed Screed Brewster's Millions

Directed by Walter Hill Screenplay by Timothy Harris and Herschel Weingrod

Yesterday's phenom, today's ho-hum. A few years ago, Richard Pryor was the comic everyman of movies and the top black box-office draw. But the pictures he made at machine-gun pace were too ordinary to sustain his eminence. He was still a star, but in spite of his work, not because of it. Worse, a new black phenom, with just as much on the ball and a better batting average, stole Pryor's thunder. Now he works in the shadows, a batting practice pitcher for All-Star Eddie Murphy. *

Brewster's Millions shows Pryor borrowing bits of the Murphy magic. Walter Hill directed Murphy's...

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