Money for Nothing

Last Updated on: June 26th, 2024

Money for Nothing (Hollywood Pictures Movie)

“Money for Nothing” is a crime-comedy film released in 1993, directed by Ramón Menéndez. The movie stars John Cusack as Joey Coyle, Debi Mazar as Monica Russo, and Michael Madsen as Detective Laurenzi.

The story is loosely based on true events and follows Joey Coyle, an unemployed longshoreman in Philadelphia who finds a bag containing $1.2 million in cash that fell off an armored truck during a robbery. Tempted by the unexpected windfall, Joey decides to keep the money and begins spending it lavishly.

As news of the missing money spreads, Joey finds himself pursued by the mobsters who carried out the robbery and by Detective Laurenzi, who is determined to recover the stolen money.

As the pressure intensifies, Joey’s life spirals out of control, and he must face the consequences of his actions.

“Money for Nothing” is known for its mix of crime and humor, as well as John Cusack’s engaging performance as the lovable but misguided Joey Coyle. The film explores themes of temptation, greed, and the impact of sudden wealth on an ordinary person.

The movie received mixed reviews from critics but has found a following among fans of crime comedies and those intrigued by stories inspired by real-life events.

“Money for Nothing” serves as a touchstone for viewers seeking an entertaining and light-hearted crime comedy that delves into the allure and perils of unexpected riches. It offers a captivating and amusing portrayal of an ordinary man’s life turned upside down by a stroke of luck that quickly turns into a life-altering dilemma.

Additional Details


  • John Cusack: Joey Coyle
  • Debi Mazar: Monica Russo
  • Michael Rapaport: Kenny Kozlowski
  • Michael Madsen: Detective Laurenzi
  • Benicio Del Toro: Dino Pallidino
  • James Gandolfini: Billy Coyle
  • Fionnula Flanagan: Mrs. Coyle
  • Maury Chaykin: the money launderer


  • Director: Ramon Menendez
  • Producer: Tom Musca
  • Screenplay: Ramon Menendez, Tom Musca and Carol Soieski

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