Money Train

November 22nd, 1995


Money Train

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A vengeful New York transit cop decides to steal a trainload of subway fares; his foster brother, a fellow cop, tries to protect him.

Release Year: 1995

Rating: 5.3/10 (18,170 voted)

Director: Joseph Ruben

Stars: Wesley Snipes, Woody Harrelson, Jennifer Lopez

Two foster brothers work as transit cops. While one's life is as good as it gets, the other's is a pit. After losing his job, getting dumped by his brother, and getting the crap kicked out of him by a loan shark for the umpteenth time, He implements his plan to steal the "money train," a train carrying the New York Subway's weekly revenue. But when things go awry, will his brother be able to save him in time?

Writers: Doug Richardson, Doug Richardson

Wesley Snipes - John
Woody Harrelson - Charlie
Jennifer Lopez - Grace Santiago
Robert Blake - Donald Patterson
Chris Cooper - Torch
Joe Grifasi - Riley
Scott Sowers - Mr. Brown
Skipp Sudduth - Kowalski
Vincent Laresca - Subway Robber
Nelson Vasquez - Subway Robber
Vincent Patrick - Frank the Bartender
Aida Turturro - Woman on Platform
Alvaleta Guess - Woman on Platform
Vincent Pastore - Gambler
David Tawil - Gambler

Taglines: Get on, or GET OUT THE WAY!

Release Date: 22 November 1995

Filming Locations: John Street, Greenwich Village, Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $60,000,000 (estimated)

Gross: $35,324,232 (USA)

Technical Specs

Runtime:  | Canada: (Ontario)

Did You Know?

Originally, the movie was developed by director Tony Scott and writer Doug Richardson. After some time Scott left the project and was replaced by Joseph Ruben, who fired Richardson and had the script rewritten.

Factual errors: The real money trains (officially known as "Revenue Collection Trains" of which there are several dozen cars in service, not two) are usually older, grungy, decrepit retired passenger cars with bars on the windows. They are painted yellow with black warning stripes in the front. They are staffed by NYC Transit Authority, a majority of which appear to be middle aged, overweight, and female, oddly enough, and armed with nothing more than .38 revolvers. They are nothing like the automatic weapon-wielding SWAT team cops depicted in the movie.

John: No, you ain't gonna hit him.
Charlie: Why not?
John: Because I'm gonna hit him!
[smacks a transit cop in the face]

User Review

What's with all the bad reviews?


Reading the reviews below this seems to be a love-it-or-hate-it kind of film. Regardless of whether you 'get' the story and the rapport between Harrelson and Snipes, you can't overlook that this is a well made film.

I've only seen it twice, once when it first came out on video, and again in the past week. I didn't think it was that remarkable when it first came out, but when I watched it the second time around, I found it highly entertaining and well executed. Granted, it's not the best film ever but I don't think it's deserving of a lot of the bad reviews given here.

As a film it succeeds, and if you've never seen it before, it's worth checking out.


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