Money Train

MPAA Rating: R

Entertainment: +3 1/2

Content: -3

MONEY TRAIN is the biggest action adventure movie of the year. It is like strapping a rocket to your seat and hanging on for two solid hours. Wesley Snipes plays Johnny, a decoy cop for the New York subway system. Woody Harrelson is Charlie, his careless, gambling foster brother and partner decoy cop. Johnny is responsible and moving ahead, but Charlie is reckless and irresponsible. Johnny repeatedly bails Charlie out and pays his debts. Charlie falls hard for Grace (Jennifer Lopez), their new partner, but his heroic brother stops a transit killer and captures her heart. Besides Grace, Charlie also loses his badge and the $15,000 Johnny gave him to pay his gambling debt. That's when he decides his only way out is to rob the money train. His brother tries to keep Charlie from stealing the money. However, plans go awry and the two become trapped on a runaway train destined to derail another passenger train. Viewers are in for a rip-roaring, hair-raising ride.

Unfortunately, this train ride is loaded with over 140 obscenities, plus many crudities and profanities. Even more disturbing are several extremely violent scenes which seem to have triggered copy-cat crimes. These involve a man trying to ignite two female ticket takers, but eventually he is set on fire and run over by the money train. A few days after MONEY TRAIN opened, two men set a Brooklyn subway booth on fire, critically burning the clerk inside. That tragedy prompted Senator Bob Dole to urge a boycott of the film. Other graphic violence includes a man thrown in front of a moving train and another violently gunned down, plus a vicious fist fight. Another reason to boycott is that Charlie's successful robbery nets him wealth, but no punishment, and an apparent life of leisure on a tropical island. Johnny, too, loses all sense of duty and reaps the benefits of his brother's crime. Also part of the film's cargo is one explicit sex scene with female side breast nudity. What could have been a first rate action film is spoiled by a flood of disgusting language, excessive graphic violence and a message that crime pays.

Preview Reviewer: Sherry Oswald
Columbia Pictures, 10202 W. Washington Blvd., Culver City, CA 90232

The following categories contain objective listings of film content which contribute to the subjective numeric Content ratings posted to the left and on the Home page.

Crude Language: Many (50) times - Mild 19, moderate 31

Obscene Language: Many (132) times - F-word 84, s-word 46, other 2

Profanity: Many (23) times - Regular 17 (J/C, GD), Exclamatory 6

Violence: Many - Moderate and severe (man knocked off bike, fist fights, pushing, gun killings, train collision, man hung from 51-floor building, people set on fire, man pushed in front of train, children almost run down by horse, hit with pole)

Sex: Once (graphic with female side breast nudity)

Nudity: Several times (full female breast nudity, rear nudity somewhat obscured)

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: Few times (reference to genitals, sex)

Drugs: Several times (drinking hard liquor and beer, smoking cigars)

Other: Message that crime pays, corrupt policeman treated sympathetically, gambling, man urinates in street)

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Intended Audience: Adults

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