Money for Nothing (1993 film)

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Money for Nothing
Money for nothing.jpg
Theatrical film poster
Directed by Ramón Menéndez
Produced by Tom Musca
Screenplay by Mark Bowden (article)
Ramón Menéndez
Tom Musca
Carol Sobieski
Music by Craig Safan
Cinematography Tom Sigel
Edited by Nancy Richardson
Hollywood Pictures
Distributed by Buena Vista Pictures
Release date(s) September 10, 1993
Running time 100 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $11 million
Box office $1,039,824

Money for Nothing is a 1993 comedy/crime film directed by Ramón Menéndez.[1] It is based on an episode in the life of Joey Coyle, an unemployed longshoreman in Philadelphia who, in February 1981, found $1.2 million in the middle of the street after it had fallen out of the back of an armored car. The screenplay, written by Menéndez, Tom Musca and Carol Sobieski, is based on an article by Mark Bowden. The film stars John Cusack as Coyle, and features a supporting cast that includes Debi Mazar, Michael Madsen, Benicio del Toro, Michael Rapaport, James Gandolfini, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Maury Chaykin, Currie Graham and Fionnula Flanagan.


Joey (John Cusack) is an unemployed longshoreman who finds a bag full of money that fell out of the back of an armored car. Joey forces his friend Kenny Kozlowski (Michael Rapaport) to drive Kenny's car in the lake to hide the tire tracks. Unknown to them, a local boy witnesses them doing the crime. Joey tells Kenny that he's not going to turn the money in and will keep it for himself. Joey refuses to tell his family about it. The police are investigating the missing money and the local boy tells them about the car. The police find the car in the lake and trace it back to Kenny's house. Later, the police head to Kenny's house. During that, Kenny's dad beats his son with a belt and Kenny tells the police that Joey took the money. The neighbors overhear this and word spreads around the city that Joey took the money. Joey and his girlfriend head to the airport to leave the country, until they get arrested.


Filmed in Pittsburgh, the movie centers around John Cusack as Joey Coyle, an unemployed South Philadelphia longshoreman who finds $1.2 million in a bag in the middle of the street after it falls out of the back of an armored car. He proceeds to go on a spending spree, attempts to launder it through the local Mafia and is then arrested while attempting to flee the country.

Gordon Freedman Productions acquired the film rights and Gordon Freedman served as co-executive producer.


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