W: Hershel Weingrod & Timothy Harris [based on the
novel by George Barr McCutcheon]
DP: Ric Waite
Ed: Freeman Davies & Michael Ripps
Mus: Ry Cooder
PD: John Vallone
Richard Pryor (Monty Brewster), John Candy (Spike
Nolan), Stephen Collins (Warren Cox), Lonette McKee (Angela Drake), Jerry Orbach (Charlie Pegler)
Based on a novel written in 1902 which became a stage play
shortly after then went on to be first filmed in 1916, there have been more remakes since than some people have had hot dinners. This version is actually the ninth based on George Barr
McCutcheon's novel, and the second made in 1985, if you include the Bollywood version titled Babayi-Abbayi.
The only changes in each remake are the cast, the monetary
values and the profession of the lead character (Brewster).
For this 1985 Hollywood-produced version, Richard Pryor
plays Brewster, a penniless minor league baseball player who learns that he will inherit $30 million if he first squanders $30 million. The idea being that he will understand the value of his
inheritance by doing so.
Firstly, the story is a great idea, proven by the fact
that it has been adapted to the screen so many times - but this just feels like lazy filmmaking to capitalise on Richard Pryor's popularity at the time.