Money Talks

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Money Talks
Money talks poster 1997.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Brett Ratner
Produced by Walter Coblenz
Tracy Kramer
Written by Joel Cohen
Alec Sokolow
Starring Chris Tucker
Charlie Sheen
Music by Lalo Schifrin
Cinematography Russell Carpenter
Robert Primes
Edited by Mark Helfrich
Distributed by New Line Cinema1
Release dates
  • August 22, 1997 (1997-08-22)
Running time
97 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $25 million
Box office $78.4 million

Money Talks is a 1997 American action comedy film directed by Brett Ratner, starring Chris Tucker and Charlie Sheen. This film is the first of four collaborations between Brett Ratner and Chris Tucker, with the other three being the Rush Hour Trilogy.


Franklin Maurice Hatchett (Chris Tucker) is a small-time car wash hustler and ticket scalper who owes money to a local gang leader named Carmine (Damian Chapa). He gets dimed out to the police by an investigating news reporter named James Russell (Charlie Sheen) after unintentionally thwarting Russell's attempts to have him confess his crimes on camera, and is taken to jail. When placed on a prison transport unit, he is handcuffed to a French criminal named Raymond Villard. The transport unit is attacked on a bridge, with mercenaries killing all the police officers and prisoners except for Franklin and Villard; the mercenaries are Villard's men, but since he is handcuffed to Hatchett he decides to bring him for the moment, and they escape on a helicopter with another French criminal named Dubray. While on the helicopter, Hatchett overhears the two discussing the location of a cache of stolen diamonds. Hatchett then jumps out of the helicopter after realizing that Villard and Dubray plan to kill him. While eating at a local diner, Franklin and Villard's mugshots are shown on the news as the two men who killed several police officers. Two other officers in the diner then recognize Franklin, and chase him into the street. He is able to elude them, and decides to call Russell after seeing his face on an advertisement.

Russell has just been fired from his job at Channel 12 News after fighting with his manager, but convinces Hatchett to hide with him since the next week is Sweeps Week. He arranges to get his job back, but plans to keep Hatchett hidden until the following Monday. Together they attend Russell's rehearsal dinner, where Hatchett meets Russell's fiancé Grace (Heather Locklear), and somehow ingratiates himself to Grace's father (Paul Sorvino) and all the other guests by quoting Barry White and pretending to be Vic Damone's son. In the meantime, two police detectives question Hatchett's girlfriend Paula (Elise Neal), and wiretap her phone. After calling Paula, Hatchett tries to leave, but realizes that the police are combing the city for him, and convinces Russell to help him. The two rampage all over the city to find clues to clear Hatchett's name, including calling a bomb threat on a European nightclub, getting shot at by the police when they visit Paula, and being chased by Villard and Dubray, who murder a shopkeeper in the process, which eventually gets Russell's name involved and spread all over the news. The two visit Hatchett's childhood friend Aaron (Michael Wright), a local warlord, who gives them guns and promises to help if they get in trouble. The following morning, Hatchett convinces Grace's father, under false pretenses and still pretending to be Vic Damone Jr, to take him to the auto expo where he overheard the Europeans had stashed the diamonds. Hatchett and Grace's father get into a bidding war with Villard and Dubray over the car with the diamonds inside, which ends with Dubray chaotically chasing Hatchett across the city while Villard kidnaps Russell.

Villard then calls Hatchett using Russell's phone, and demands the return of his diamonds, or Russell will die. Realizing that he has no chance on his own, Hatchett calls the police detectives, Carmine and his gang, the French mercenaries, and Aaron, telling them all to meet him at the LA Colosseum. It is revealed that one of the detectives (Paul Gleason) is a dirty cop working for Villard. A massive shootout ensues in which both police detectives and Carmine and his gang are all wiped out. Aaron shows up with a henchman, an assault rifle, and an RPG, and proceeds to wipe out most of Villard's men, including Dubray. In the meantime, Russell manages to escape from Villard's men, after placing several un-pinned grenades beneath his helicopter, ready to detonate if he tries to take off. He then reunites with Hatchett, saving him from being shot by Villard. However, when cornered once again, Hatchett realizes the diamonds are not worth dying for, and throws them at Villard's remaining men, who drop their weapons and begin grabbing as many as they can. The police arrive in the meantime. Villard realizes he's lost and tries to escape in the helicopter. However, the grenades Russell placed there earlier detonate as he lifts off the ground, killing Villard. In the end both Hatchett and Russell are cleared and branded heroes. Hatchett saves an unknown amount of the diamonds and puts one on a wedding ring he gives to Russell, who marries Grace with Hatchett as his best man.



Year Title Chart positions Certifications
(sales thresholds)
U.S. U.S. R&B
1997 Money Talks
  • Released: August 12, 1997
  • Label: Arista
37 6
  • US: Gold

Box office[edit]

The movie debuted at No. 2.[1] It went on to gross over $48 million worldwide.


  1. ^ The film's distribution rights were transferred to Warner Bros. in 2008.


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