Chevy Chase Stars in "Funny Money" Film Based on West End Play

News   Chevy Chase Stars in "Funny Money" Film Based on West End Play Chevy Chase stars in the new film "Funny Money" — based on the play by Ray Cooney that ran five years in the West End — which will be released in the U.S. Jan. 26, 2007.

The film also features Penelope Ann Miller, Armand Assante, Christopher McDonald, Robert Loggia, Alex Meneses, Guy Torry and Kevin Sussman. Leslie Greif directs. The film was written for the screen by Greif and Harry Basil.

According to press notes, "The farce involves creature of habit Henry Perkins (Chase) who faithfully works at a wax fruit company run by Viagra-enhanced Sol Feldman (Loggia). When Perkins happens upon a briefcase of $5 million, he sees a golden opportunity to take the money and run. Attempting to convince his reluctant wife Carol (Miller) to skip town with him before rightful Romanian mafia-owner Mr. Big comes to claim his cash-filled 'brerfcurse,' and dirty cop Genero (Assante) figures out the plan, a comedy of errors ensues with lie-upon-lie and Carol’s mania escalating to drunken hysteria."

About the film director Greif said in a statement, "Ray Cooney is like the Neil Simon of Britain. I believe his story will strike a chord with audiences because everyone dreams of finding a bag of cash, and here we have an every-man that is willing to take the money and run.”

The producers are Brad Siegel, Herb Nanas and Greif, and the executive producers are Jeff Franklin, Philip von Alvensleben, Cooney and Basil. The film is presented by THINKFilm and FWE Picture Company.

For more information, visit www.funnymoneymovie.com.

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