Money Talks

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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.

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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
Paul Gleason
as Det. Pickett
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
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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Audience Reviews for Money Talks

  • Oct 12, 2011
    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 H Super Reviewer
  • Jun 25, 2010
    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 R Super Reviewer
  • Apr 21, 2008
    No matter how many times I see this I still laugh just as hard as the first time I saw it...
    Sam C Super Reviewer
  • Jan 11, 2008
    A low-level criminal and a struggling newsman become unlikely partners in this comedy. Franklin Hatchett (Chris Tucker) is a fast-talking hustler who runs a small time ticket-scalping business. A TV news story by reporter James Russell (Charlie Sheen) brings Franklin's business to the attention of the police, and he finds himself under arrest. While being transported by police bus from one lock-up to another, Franklin is handcuffed to Raymond Villard (Gerard Ismael), a high-level jewel thief from Europe. Villard's henchmen stage a raid in which they explode the vehicle, killing most of the passengers (including two cops), but freeing their partner. Franklin is able to escape but learns that he's now wanted as a cop killer. Hoping to clear his name, Franklin approaches Russell with a deal -- if he'll hide him from the police and help him prove that he had nothing to do with the deadly explosion, he'll give the reporter an exclusive story, which could help Russell boost his sagging career. Money Talks also features Heather Locklear as Russell's fiancée Grace, and Paul Sorvino as Grace's father, who is quite impressed by Franklin's story that he's related to Vic Damone.
    Martin D Super Reviewer

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