Release dateJune 12, 1987 (1987-06-12) WriterRudy De Luca, Tim Metcalfe, Miguel Tejada-Flores CastTom Bosley (Sidney Preston), Rick Overton (Stuart Briggs), Eddie Deezen (Rollie), Kevin Pollak (Officer Quinn), Penny Baker (Charity), Rich Hall (Slaughter Buzzárd) Similar moviesRodney Dangerfield: It's Not Easy Bein' Me, Dave Chappelle: HBO Comedy Half-Hour, Rodney Dangerfield: Nothin' Goes Right, Sex Tape, Robin Williams: Live on Broadway, Sam Kinison: Breaking the Rules
TaglineThere are millions hidden somewhere nearby, and these wild and crazy people will do almost anything to find it.
Million dollar mystery trailer 1987
Million Dollar Mystery (also known as Money Mania) is a 1987 American film released with a promotional tie-in for Glad-Lock brand bags. This was the final feature-length film directed by Richard Fleischer.
Sidney Preston, a disgruntled White House aide, takes off with $4 million that belonged to the government. While on the run, he stops at a roadside diner and has their world-famous chili. He suffers a fatal heart attack and before dying, reveals to onlookers the location of the first million dollars.
The occupants of the diner head out on a mad dash to find the loot. When they find the money, they lose it in a mishap. They follow clues to the next million and lose it as well. After finding and losing the third million, the movie ends. During the closing credits, one of the characters informs the audience that there is a million dollars somewhere in the USA and if they follow the clues in specially marked Glad-Lock bags, they have the chance to win $1 million.
Tom Bosley as Sidney Preston
Eddie Deezen as Rollie
Wendy Sherman as Lollie
Rick Overton as Stuart Briggs
Mona Lyden as Barbara Briggs
Douglas Emerson as Howie Briggs
Royce D. Applegate as Tugger
Pam Matteson as Dotty
Daniel McDonald as Crush
Penny Baker as Charity
Tawny Fere as Faith
LaGena Hart as Hope
Mack Dryden as Fred
Jamie Alcroft as Bob
Rich Hall as Slaughter Buzzárd
Gail Neely as Officer Gretchen
Kevin Pollak as Officer Quinn
Hard Boiled Haggerty as Awful Abdul
Bob Schott as Bad Boris
Peter Pitofsky as Toxic Werewolf
Greg Travis as 2nd Toxic Man
Tommy Sledge as Private Eye
Christopher Cary as Chuck
Rudy De Luca as Money Counter
Mark Regan as Newscaster
John Gilgreen as Motel Manager
Katie La Bourdette as Sledge's Secretary
Pat McGroarty as Gas Station Attendant #1
Clark Coleman as Gas Station Attendant #2
Paul Stader as Old Man in Car
Rosemary Johnston as Old Woman in Car
David Trim as Scout Leader
Susann Benn as Stewardess
John Hammil as Pilot
Gary Kelson as Co-Pilot
Sal Lopez as Hijacker
Augustine Lam as Tour Guide
Jack Carpenter as Biker in Window
Andy Epper as Biker #2
While performing a routine stunt for this film, legendary stuntman Dar Robinson died on November 21, 1986.
Producer Dino De Laurentiis conceived the idea for Million Dollar Mystery when he visited New York and saw a row of people lining up for what he presumably thought was a movie. A companion told De Laurentiis that they were actually lining up for lottery tickets.
Glad Bags sponsored a sweepstakes timed for the film's release. The company gave away entry forms, and the audience would fill out these forms with their answer to where the last million is hiding, based on clues given in the film. De Laurentiis said of the film: "This is a really broad comedy with car chases, designed for the young major moviegoing audience, about 12 to 24 years old. The sweepstakes gives us the potential to reach even more people – the infrequent moviegoer, the person more interested in winning a million dollars than in going to the movies, and these are the kind of people who use Glad Bags, housewives who maybe go to the movies once or twice a year."
De Laurentiis had high expectations for the film, but it did not turn out to be a hit. The winner of the contest ended up being 14-year-old Alesia Lenae Jones of Bakersfield, California, who successfully guessed that the loot was hidden in the nose of the Statue of Liberty. Apparently, thousands of contestants had arrived at the same answer, and her entry was chosen in a random drawing.
Golden Raspberry Awards
Nominated: Worst Original Song, Barry Mann & John Lewis Parker (1988)
Nominated: Worst Supporting Actor, Tom Bosley (1988)