May 12, 2023

#81 - "Brewster's Millions" (1985) with Nicholas Pepin (from "Pop Culture Roulette" Podcast) and Chad Sheppard

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Based on a 1902 novel of the same name, this 80’s flick brought together two of the 80’s greatest funnymen and an established director who wasn’t prone to making comedies.  Despite primarily negative reviews, it still did well at the box office and was a mainstay on cable television over the years, making it beloved by those who were watching basic cable channels in the late 80s and early 90s.  So break out the calculators, get ready to spend some cash, and watch out for the oncoming train in the back of the baseball field as Tim Williams and guest co-hosts Nicholas Pepin and Chad Sheppard discuss “Brewster’s Millions” from 1985 on this episode of the 80’s Flick Flashback Podcast!

Here are some additional behind-the-scenes trivia we were unable to cover in this episode:

  • Anne, Princess Royal, only daughter of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, was in Los Angeles and paid a visit to the set of Brewster's Millions as part of her itinerary. She was greeted by Candy and producer Joel Silver; Candy and the princess discussed a fire that had recently broken out at Pinewood Studios in England. She was scheduled to visit a scene involving Richard Pryor, but it was shot a day earlier, as Hill had production ahead of schedule. "I don't think she even knows Richard Pryor," an observer was quoted as saying. "I'm sure she was more excited at meeting John Candy, who's a Canadian citizen."
  • Walter Hill, director of The Warriors and 48 Hrs., admitted in 1988 that at the time the only film he didn't make out of passion was Brewster's Millions. Hill made the movie to "improve his bank account and success quotient."


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