Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Peter Macdonald|
|Produced by||Michael Rachmil|
|Written by||Damon Wayans|
|Music by||Jay Gruska|
|Edited by||Hubert C. de la Bouillerie|
|Distributed by||Columbia Pictures|
Mo' Money is a 1992 American crime comedy film directed by Peter Macdonald, and written by Damon Wayans, who also starred in the film. The film co-stars Stacey Dash, Joe Santos, John Diehl, Harry Lennix, Bernie Mac (in his film debut), and Marlon Wayans. The film was released in the United States on July 24, 1992.
Ted Forrest who works for the Dynasty Card Company is murdered by Keith Heading (Diehl) and his men on the street, they switch the tape before police arrive. Johnny Stewart (Wayans) is a lifelong con-man who meets a girl, Amber Evans (Dash), and tries to impress her by cleaning up his act and doing things the honest way. He becomes a mailroom clerk at the credit card firm where she works and soon finds that he needs money to impress Amber. So, he develops a scheme to commit identity theft (though this term was not used for the crime in 1992) with the credit card information of deceased cardholders to which he has access due to his mailroom position. He justifies his actions because he knows that he is only stealing from the company and not harming the individual cardholders. Chris Fields trains Johnny how to do the job,until Keith threatens Chris in the men's restroom making him feel scared. Lt Walsh asks Chris questions about Keith,Chris is stabbed and killed by Keith's hitman in the subway station. Lt Walsh investigates Chris's murder and find credit card receipts on him. Keith promotes Johnny from mailroom clerk to supervisor to replace Chris who was killed.
With the help of his brother and fellow conman Seymour (Wayans), he charges large amounts of money to the cards with the intention of impressing Amber. The supervisor, Keith Heading (who is responsible for a virtual stolen credit card empire), records Johnny stealing a returned credit card and cons him into joining his credit card ring. Seymour takes the stolen credit card trying to buy a four fingered ring, but a security alarm came on saying card stolen. Seymour tries to escape but is caught by mall security and questioned by police. The police authorized a sting operation on Seymour to tape Keith's conversation and to capture him. Lt Walsh becomes furious about the sting operation. Keith's hitman is trying to kill Johnny for blackmail until he shoots Walsh in the arm. Keith kidnaps Seymour and Johnny goes after him until he escapes. Keith tries to kill Johnny by shooting him in the shoulder. A fight ensues between them until Johnny kills him and hangs him. Seymour and Amber visit Johnny lying in the hospital bed injured and decides to settle down.
- Damon Wayans — Johnny Stewart / Anton Jackson / Blaine Edwards (cameo)
- Stacey Dash — Amber Evans
- Joe Santos — Lt. Raymond Walsh
- John Diehl — Keith Heading
- Bernie Mac — Club Doorman
- Harry J. Lennix — Tom Dilton
- Marlon Wayans — Seymour Stewart
- Mark Beltzman — Chris Fields
- Quincy Wong — Eddie
- Kevin Casey — Lloyd
- Larry Brandenburg — Businessman
- Garfield — Rock
- Alma Yvonne — Charlotte
- Richard E. Butler — Ted Forrest
- Matt Doherty — Kid
- Evan Lionel Smith — Detective Mills
- Rondi Reed - District Attorney
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The film debuted at No.1 at the US box office, grossing $12,385,415 during its opening weekend. It ultimately finished with $40,227,006 at the North American box office.
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