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Money Talks (1997)

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Essentially a showcase for the talents of squeaky-voiced comedian Chris Tucker, who has been compared to a young Eddie Murphy by fans, and to fingernails on a chalkboard by detractors, this action-comedy centers on the unlikely friendship that develops between a fast-talking petty con-artist and a has-been newscaster who is trying to resurrect his career and marry a young noveau-riche debutante. Though strictly small potatoes, scam-man Franklin Hatchett (Tucker) attracts the attention of the TV anchorman James Russell (Charlie Sheen) while running his latest con at a carwash. Shortly after refusing an interview with Russell, Franklin ends up jailed. He manages to escape when a transfer bus is hijacked. Handcuffed to a French jewel thief involved in the attack, Franklin is dragged along. He escapes, but his troubles are not over, for he quickly learns that he is the accused perpetrator of the hijacking. When all is said and done, Franklin finds himself pursued by the cops, the thieves, loan sharks, and an irate pregnant girlfriend. In desperation he goes to Russell and makes a deal. Russell brings Franklin to his pre-wedding party to meet his fiance Grace Ciprani (Heather Locklear). Franklin creates big trouble when he tells her father Guy (Paul Sorvino) that he is Vic Damone, Jr., son of Vic Damone and Diahann Carroll. Guy accepts this and gives Franklin a real Italian welcome. But though he may feel safe for the moment, Franklin's troubles are just beginning and before the story ends, he and the hapless Russell are involved in gun fights, car chases and a final showdown at the Los Angeles Coliseum.
Rating:
R (adult situations/language, violence)
Genre:
Comedy
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New Line Home Entertainment

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Cast

Chris Tucker
as Franklin Hatchett
Charlie Sheen
as James Russell
Heather Locklear
as Grace Cipriani
Gérard Ismaël
as Raymond Villard
Paul Sorvino
as Guy Cipriani
Elise Neal
as Paula
Paul Gleason
as Det. Pickett
Larry Hankin
as Roland
Daniel Roebuck
as Det. Williams
Veronica Cartwright
as Connie Cipriani
David Warner
as Barclay
Damian Chapa
as Carmine
Robertson Dean
as Mercedes Owner
Victor Ferreira
as Hector/Car Wash Employee No. 1
Marty Levy
as Ticket Customer
Mark Benninghofen
as Ticket Customer
David Lee McLain
as Ticket Customer
Gary Briggs
as Car Wash Employee No. 2
Nathan Anderson
as News Cameraman
Richard Noyce
as Detective at Car Wash
Faizon Love
as Cellmate
Ralph Odum
as Prison Bus Guard
Doug Llewelyn
as News Anchor
Paul Guyot
as Newsroom Colleague
Jeff Brockton
as Cop at Diner
Gary Price
as Cop at Diner
Tycho Thal
as Patron
Vahe Berberian
as Cabby at Pier
Jake
as Himself
John Chardiet
as Red Camel Doorman
Tom Huff
as Store Owner
Andre Rosey Brown
as Aaron's Bodyguard
Kevin Lowe
as Detective at Precinct
Tawny Little
as News Reporter
Viveca Paulin
as Auctioneer
Mojoe Nicosia
as Carmine's Driver
Dexter Tucker
as Aaron's Boy
Norris Tucker
as Aaron's Boy
Matt Brandstein
as Cameraman
Rance Howard
as Reverend
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Critic Reviews for Money Talks

All Critics (19) | Top Critics (7)

Tucker and his profanely funny verbal bullets ... are about the only reason to put up with this gratuitously violent, race-baiting, jumbled ripoff.

January 1, 2000
USA Today
Top Critic

Tucker's manic energy is the only thing keeping the audience from dozing off like the rest of the cast.

Full Review… | January 12, 2007
TheMovieReport.com

Mildly funny prototype for Ratners later Rush Hour franchise

January 16, 2003

...as does Chris Tucker. Incessantly.

July 26, 2002
eFilmCritic.com

Mainly a showcase for the talented Tucker, and unfortunately doesn't add up to much else.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Film Journal International

serves up a crude blend of flip comedy and jarring violence... Tucker squeals loud and long. Here's hoping he gets the Ned Beatty part when 'Deliverance' is finally remade.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Kalamazoo Gazette

Audience Reviews for Money Talks

Fast talking Tucker is the star in this fast paced comedy that despite doing badly upon release and being a rather bog standard action flick, I quite like it. Nothing new in the slightest with more of resemblance to 'Lethal Weapon' and 'Beverly Hills Cop' than anything, but the quips and ramblings of Tucker are amusing and highly energetic which play well against Sheens stuck up richboy. Clearly Ratner likes Tucker as he went on to use him for the 'Rush Hour' trilogy which is pretty much more of the same, this feels like a pilot for those films but is actually probably better, just about. Had it been made back in the 80's I'm sure this would have been looked upon more favourably but with an overloaded genre when it was released it fades into obscurity fast.

Phil Hubbs
Phil Hubbs

Super Reviewer

One of my favorite movies of all time. Yeah, it's not great, but Chris Tucker delivers some of the funniest lines I've heard. Great movie for a mindless comedy with some decent action scenes.

Jason Robinson
Jason Robinson

Super Reviewer

½

Good action-comedies is a rare thing to come by these days. But during the 90's they came in the plenty, and this is an excellent example of that. Chris Tucker (being as loud-mouthed as he is) isn't always easy on the ears, but he's still a great and really funny actor, and always brings a lot of energy to the screen. The stuff that goes on story-wise may not be very believable, but it is, undeniably, highly entertaining. A perfect pick when you feel like just kicking back and watching something that doesn't require too much thinking.

Mike S
Mike S

Super Reviewer

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