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Money for Nothing (1993)

An unemployed man finds a money bag of $1.2 million after it dropped off an armored car.

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Ramón Menéndez

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Mark Bowden (article), Ramón Menéndez (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
John Cusack ... Joey Coyle
Debi Mazar ... Monica Russo
Michael Madsen ... Detective Laurenzi
Benicio Del Toro ... Dino Palladino
Michael Rapaport ... Kenny Kozlowski
Maury Chaykin ... Vincente Goldoni
James Gandolfini ... Billy Coyle
Fionnula Flanagan ... Mrs. Coyle
Elizabeth Bracco ... Eleanor Coyle
Ashleigh Dejon Ashleigh Dejon ... Katie Coyle
Lenny Venito ... Hrbek
Philip Seymour Hoffman ... Cochran (as Philip S. Hoffman)
Currie Graham ... Dunleavy
Frankie Faison ... Madigan
Ed Pansullo Ed Pansullo ... Carini
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Storyline

When unemployed dockworker Joey Coyle finds $1.2 million that fell off of an armored car, he decides to do the logical thing: take the money and run. After all, he says, finders keepers. He turns to his ex-girlfriend Monica, who works in an investment firm, for advice, before turning to the mob for help laundering the money. While Joey makes plans to leave the country, however, a detective is following his ever-warmer trail in order to recover the cash. Written by James Meek <james@oz.net>

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There were a million reasons to give the money back. But Joey Coyle couldn't think of one. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Crime | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and a scene of sexuality | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 September 1993 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Joey Coyle Story See more »

Filming Locations:

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$11,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$1,044,824
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (DuArt)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Joey Coyle uses the alias Frankie Santos. In real life, a friend named Frank Santos took him to the airport to flee. (There was no Monica in real life.) See more »

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When Joey and Kenny are in Kenny's car arguing after finding the money, just before Joey exits the car, he holds up his bare right hand. Seconds later, Joey is getting out of the car with the sacks in his arms and he's wearing gloves. See more »

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Vincente Goldoni: [holding up a $100 bill] In terms of empathy, in the sense of putting oneself inside the skin of another person, I admire that man. He was an inventor, he had imagination. He was a bit of a fatso, but he was sexually active. And of all of the Founding Fathers whose faces appear on hard currency, he's the only one cracking a smile. Ben Franklin.
Joey Coyle: Why is Ben smiling?
Vincente Goldoni: He was smart enough not to be President.
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Busted
27 April 2013 | by wes-connorsSee all my reviews

Unemployed South Philadelphia dockworker John Cusack (as Joseph "Joey" Coyle) can't even get picked for day work by his own brother James Gandolfini (as William "Billy" Coyle). Still, he gets a tuna sandwich to share with buddy Michael Rapaport (as Kenny Kozlowski). On the road, the men are behind a truck when something falls out onto the street. Thinking it might make a good tool box, Mr. Cusack stops retrieves the container, which turns out to enclose $1.2 million...

His friend advises turning in the money for a reward, but Cusack wants it all...

A "Tareyton" smoker, Cusack would rather fight than switch. Realizing the smiling Ben Franklins need to be "laundered," Cusack brings a portion of the cash to former Catholic school classmate-turned-hood Benicio Del Toro (as Dino Palladino) and his gangster boss Maury Chaykin (as Vincente Goldoni). Cusack also finds out how easily money can get ex-girlfriend Debi Mazar (as Monica Russo) aroused. Like Dire Straits said, "Money for nothing" gets you "chicks for free."

While all of this is going on, detective Michael Madsen (as Laurenzi) is trying to find the missing money...

This is an entertaining picture by Ramon Menendez and his crew, but the winning situation (poor Philadelphia guy gets a chance to be rich) might have worked better as a drama; possibly, the project started as such and changed direction. The film begins with the dramatic phrase, "Based on a true story." This telegraphs the outcome and removes some of your investment in the lead character, unfortunately; many people (like me) being unfamiliar with the real-life Joseph John Coyle.

****** Money for Nothing (9/10/93) Ramon Menendez ~ John Cusack, Debi Mazar, Michael Madsen, Benicio Del Toro


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