On this day in comedy on August 22, 1997 Money Talks is released by New Line Cinema.
Starring Chris Tucker and Charlie Sheen, this action-comedy debuted at #2 its opening weekend.
Tucker starred as a small time hustler exposed by Sheen’s TV reporter. After being arrested and shackled to a master criminal for transport, Tucker finds himself marked for murder once all prisoners and guards are killed by the criminal’s men during their rescue of their boss. Tucker escapes death and the chase is on to get him. Meanwhile he’s trying to get the stash of diamonds he overheard the criminal discuss.
Tucker is forced to reunite with Sheen, who lost his job for violence against his boss, and hide out. Instead of hiding he seeks out the diamonds with the help of Sheen’s rich soon-to-be father-in-law at a car show where the gems are stashed. Tucker avoids death some more and by the end gets the diamonds, but sacrifices them to stay alive and get the bad guys caught.
Directed by Brett Ratner, Money Talks grossed $48 million worldwide from a budget of $25 million.
By Darryl “D’Militant” Littleton