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(2001) (Kurt Russell, Kevin Costner) (R)

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    Action/Adventure: After successfully pulling off a violent, multimillion dollar casino heist, the various participants try to kill or undermine the efforts of their partners and others to get the money for themselves as they head north for the Canadian border.
    After serving time for five and a half years, ex-con Michael (KURT RUSSELL) is in Nevada already preparing for his next crime with former cellmate, Murphy (KEVIN COSTNER). Along with Hanson (CHRISTIAN SLATER), Gus (DAVID ARQUETTE) and Franklin (BOKEEM WOODBINE), they plan to rob the Riviera Casino dressed as Elvis impersonators during International Elvis Week in Las Vegas.

    Their $3.2 million heist goes as planned until a massive gun battle leaves one of their partners and plenty of others dead, with the four surviving criminals barely escaping via a helicopter piloted by Murphy's buddy, Jack (HOWIE LONG). When they return to their motel hideout, dissension quickly sets in over how to split up the money and several more partners end up dead out in the desert.

    When Michael returns to the room to collect the loot, he discovers that a young kleptomaniac, Jesse (DAVID KAYE) - the son of local grifter Cybil Waingrow (COURTENEY COX) with whom Michael earlier had sex - has taken the money. Ever the opportunist and looking for a handsome and resourceful man in her life, Cybil finagles Michael into taking her and Jesse along with him as he heads toward the Canadian border where he plans to exchange the money with Jay Peterson (JON LOVITZ), an antiques dealer and money launderer.

    To complicate matters, Murphy is also headed for the border in hopes of getting his money back, while Federal Marshals Damitry (KEVIN POLLAK) and Quigley (THOMAS HADEN CHURCH) try to find the men. As everyone makes their way to Seattle, it's only a matter of time before a volatile confrontation between the parties and another accomplice of Murphy's, Hamilton (ICE-T), occurs.

    Teenage boys seem the most likely audience among kids, along with anyone who's a fan of any cast member or of Elvis Pressley (the main cast members briefly dress up like him during their initial heist).
    For strong violence, sexuality and language.
    Considering the overall criminal behavior, bad attitudes, murder, cussing and casual sex that occurs, most parents will probably consider most of the major characters as bad role models, leaving just the two federal marshals, played by KEVIN POLLAK and THOMAS HADEN CHURCH, as the only possible good ones (with the former smoking and the latter using strong profanity).


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    (Note: The "Our Take" review of this title examines the film's artistic merits and does not take into account any of the possibly objectionable material listed below).

    The following is a brief summary of the content found in this R-rated action/thriller. Violence is listed as extreme due to many people being killed and/or injured in several massive gun battles and other lethal encounters (that occur on and off screen) and have bloody results. Some of those scenes and others may be tense/suspenseful to viewers, and all of the participants in such mayhem and other activity have extreme cases of bad attitudes. Other non-lethal, but often severe violence is also present.

    Profanity is listed as extreme due to nearly 60 "f" words being used, while other expletives and colorful phrases are present as is some sexually related dialogue (along with some sexually related text in a sex quiz that's visible on the screen). Several sexual encounters (with movement, sounds and/or groping) are present, female to male oral sex occurs just out of the camera shot, and various scantily clad women are seen (and the camera occasionally focuses on parts of women's bodies).

    Several characters smoke throughout the film, while they and others drink. Various instances of imitative behavior are present, including the stylish way in which the criminals behave and the violence is presented. Due to all of that, if you're still concerned about the film's appropriateness for anyone in your home, we suggest that you take a closer look at our detailed content listings for more specific examples of what occurs in the film.

  • Murphy drinks from a flask as he drives.
  • Some of the criminals have beer after their heist.
  • Murphy drinks liquor straight from the bottle as he drives.
  • We see that Murphy has stolen some beer from a gas station.
  • Murphy has a drink with Peterson.
  • We see Michael with some beer in a bag.
  • Michael and Cybil have beer.
  • In the opening credits, some full-screen, computer-generated scorpions battle each other, with blood and green guts flowing from one as it's injured and finally killed by the other.
  • Gus loudly farts while dancing.
  • Blood squirts out when a man is shot and we see blood on the back of his shirt.
  • During two massive gun battles, some of those who are wounded or killed have blood on them and there's some blood on the walls and a door, etc.
  • We see a bullet hole in a man's head, along with a stream of blood running from it, after he's shot there.
  • One of the bad guys is very bloody after being shot and his comrades have blood on them from him or others.
  • We hear Murphy urinating as we see him standing at a toilet.
  • Blood squirts out of a man's leg and chest after he's shot in both places.
  • We see some bruises on a man's chest from the impact of bullets into the bulletproof vest he was wearing.
  • We briefly see some blood on a windshield after a car runs into a coyote and Murphy has some blood on his head after his car crashes.
  • We see two dead bodies.
  • A man pulls a bloody wad of cotton (or something similar) from his nose.
  • Murphy has a slightly bloody cut on his cheek from where a bullet grazed him.
  • We see several dead and bloody bodies with several arrows in them (with blood from a woman's mouth).
  • We see Jesse vomiting over the side of a bridge after smoking an unfiltered cigarette.
  • We hear a farting sound from a man standing next to Jesse at a urinal.
  • A scorpion jabs a man in the arm with its stinger, resulting in some blood.
  • During and after a massive and prolonged gun battle, we see many bloody people after they've been shot. One in particular is very bloody (as is the wall and floor around him) after he's pummeled with bullets (and we see several bullet holes in his head).
  • Another man has some blood on his neck after being shot.
  • Jesse steals most anything and everything he can get his hands on throughout the film.
  • Murphy, Michael, Franklin, Gus and Hanson are all criminals who hold up a Vegas casino and shoot many people on their way out, and then later turn on one another over control of the money. Jack is also in on their criminal plan.
  • Cybil is an opportunistic criminal who steals the stolen money, and even leaves her son behind while doing so.
  • Murphy kills more people and steals things.
  • Michael and Jesse steal a truck, and the latter later steals a man's wallet by bumping into him.
  • Peterson runs an illegal money exchange operation out of his antiques store.
  • Scenes listed under "Violence" and "Blood/Gore" may also be unsettling or suspenseful to viewers.
  • The extended casino robbery, including Murphy and company robbing the place at gunpoint, Michael trying to stop an elevator he's in before it reaches a floor where security is waiting, and then the big gun battle that ensues may be suspenseful to some viewers.
  • Jesse hides in a shower as Murphy urinates in the toilet next to him (just after Murphy and his partners have killed many people in a casino).
  • Hanson and Murphy argue about how to split up the money, with the former pulling and aiming his gun at the latter.
  • Murphy aims and then fires several arrows at and near a man to get his attention.
  • With us knowing that Murphy is lurking about somewhere inside a seemingly deserted store, Michael tentatively walks in, brandishing a tire iron.
  • Machine guns/Shotguns/Handguns/Bow & arrows/Switchblade: Used to threaten, wound or kill many people. See "Violence" for details.
  • Toy guns: Carried by Jesse and aimed at various people, including the police in one scene.
  • Phrases: "Shut the f*ck up," "It wasn't f*cking funny," "That's f*cking right," "F*cker," "I don't give a flying f*ck," "F*cked up," "I'm a f*cking p*ssy," "I can't f*cking believe this," "Stay the f*ck away from us," "What the f*ck is that?" "(Cigarette) Filters are for p*ssies," "Holy sh*t," "Sh*thole," "Bullsh*t," "Dumb sh*ts," "You're a sick piece of sh*t," "No sh*t," "Sh*t can," "You little maggot," "That's for damn sure," "Bitch" (for a woman and a man) "Nuts" (testicles), "Shut up," "Where the hell is he?" "Why the hell not?" "Move your ass," "What are you, nuts?" "Jerking me off' (nonsexual), "Sucker" and "Big ass."
  • Since most of the criminals and their criminal behavior and violence are portrayed in a "cool" fashion (stylishly shot in slow motion with a hip soundtrack playing), kids may want to imitate them and the action that occurs in the film.
  • Gus loudly farts while dancing.
  • Jesse gives "the finger" to Michael.
  • Jesse aims his toy guys at various people, including the police.
  • Murphy does some exaggerated pelvic thrusting behind a young woman (she doesn't see him) who works for Peterson.
  • Jesses hits Murphy doing the "slug bug" game (where a person hits another upon seeing a VW Beetle).
  • None.
  • A moderate amount of suspenseful music plays during the film.
  • Although we didn't hear anything, several songs contain lyrics that can't be understood or fully heard (due to concurrent gunfire and other onscreen mayhem).
  • At least 59 "f" words (2 used with "mother"), 21 "s" words, 3 slang terms using female genitals (variations of "p*ssy" and "cootchie"), 2 slang terms using male genitals ("c*ck" and "pr*ck"), 1 slang term for sex ("screwing"), 1 slang term for breasts ("boobs"), 7 asses (2 used with "hole"), 5 damns, 5 hells, 5 uses of "G-damn," 4 of "Jesus," 2 of "Oh my God" and 1 use each of "For Christ's sakes," "God," "Jesus Christ," "Oh Christ" and "Oh God" as exclamations.
  • Cybil shows cleavage in her low-cut dress. She then tells Michael that it will take a lot more than (something) to get a woman like her in the sack. Moments later, we hear loud sexual sounds and see a headboard rhythmically banging into a wall as she has aggressive sex on top of Michael. While we don't see any nudity, we see her in her bra (and she's sweaty) along with plenty of movement (and hear related sounds). After they're done, he asks her if he owes her anything (meaning money if she's a hooker), but she says no (and we see her in her bra again) and he says that he hasn't been with a woman for five and a half years (he was in prison).
  • Franklin tells a joke, asking, "What's the smartest thing to come out of a bitch's mouth?" Gus then answers that it's someone's "c*ck."
  • The camera focuses on Cybil's clothed butt (as do Michael's eyes) in her tight-fitting pants as she climbs up a short ladder. Moments later, they're having sex again and we see him on top of her, partially under the covers (with their movement, the bed moving and related sounds). Later, we see her bare back and part of the top of her bare butt as she sleeps.
  • We see various instances of Vegas showgirls in skimpy, bikini-style outfits that show cleavage up top and lots of thigh and the sides of their bare butts in the high cut bottoms.
  • Spotting Michael in an elevator with her, a woman in a low-cut dress adjusts her breasts and shows a great deal of cleavage.
  • When a hotel security person notes that an elevator has made an emergency stop, a man states that it's probably some couple "screwing again."
  • We see the upper thigh and possibly side of Cybil's bare butt as she adjusts her clothing.
  • As Murphy arrives at a remote gas station, the owner comes out of a room where a young woman appears to be putting on her dress (thus possibly implying that she had sex with him based on what follows). She then goes off with Murphy where she suggestively tells him that she doesn't smoke, but does everything else, and in a later scene we see her head pop up from his lap while he's driving (implying oral sex).
  • We see Michael wearing just a towel wrapped around him. He then gets into bed with Cybil (who's clothed but we see the bottom of her thighs up to her bottom as she sits on a bed) and she runs her hand up under the towel to his crotch (after mentioning a "little down payment"). After she feels him there, she then playfully adds, "Did I say little? That's not what I mean."
  • The camera focuses on a shapely waitress' butt as she walks by. Michael then stares at her cleavage and Jesses asks him if he likes "bigger boobs."
  • Murphy does some exaggerated pelvic thrusting behind a young woman (she doesn't see him) who works for Peterson.
  • We see Murphy filling out a sex quiz in what's presumably a woman's magazine. One written question asks the participant how often they masturbate and Murphy checks "always." Another question asks if the reader ever wanted to have rough sex with a man and he answers no. The next question asks if the reader has ever had rough sex with a man and he checks "yes" (one assumes in prison). Another question asks if the reader likes being tied up during sex, but he doesn't get around to answering that one.
  • Quigley asks Damitry if he likes women with large or huge breasts.
  • During the end credits where an Elvis song plays, we see several shots of Cybil's body sashaying around.
  • Murphy smokes at least 15 times, Michael does so around 10 times, and Damitry smokes several times. Various other characters also smoke, including Jesse who smokes once and throws up from doing so after Michael removes the filter from his cigarette.
  • We hear that Cybil is divorced and doesn't know the whereabouts of Jesse's father, and the boy obviously wants Michael to be his dad.
  • The stylish way in which the violence and criminal behavior is portrayed.
  • The fact that the "best laid plans" of the criminal group unravel due to greed and dissension.
  • Jesse aims his toy guys at various people, including the police.
  • In the opening credits, some full-screen, computer-generated scorpions battle each other, with blood and green guts flowing from one as it's injured and finally killed by the other.
  • Jesse kicks Michael in the leg after stealing a valve cap off the latter's car.
  • Murphy slams on the brakes of his car, causing Franklin to hit his head on the front seat.
  • Murphy backhands a man hard enough to knock him off his feet.
  • Murphy kicks open a casino door and hits the first person he encounters (in the face) with the butt of his weapon. He then aims and holds his weapon on various employees.
  • Murphy shoots a security guard dead. A massive and prolonged gun battle (using machine guns, shotguns and handguns) then breaks out between Murphy and his associates and casino security guards. During this, many people are shot (and wounded or killed) and plenty of property damage occurs from the hundreds and possibly thousands of bullets that are fired.
  • Michael uses the butt of his gun to knock out a man by hitting him in the face.
  • A man sticks his gun into a closing elevator door, shooting many times and hitting one bad guy. Murphy then kicks and presumably breaks this man's hand and then shoots him pointblank in the head.
  • Another massive gun battle breaks out on top of a casino roof with many more people being wounded or killed.
  • We see a dead body being dropped from a helicopter while in flight (but don't see the impact).
  • Upset about how their money is to be split up, a partner aims his gun at Murphy.
  • Murphy shoots one of his partners in the leg and then fires another shot that kills him.
  • A man shoots another man dead (and thinks he's killed another, but that man was wearing a bulletproof vest).
  • A car accidentally runs into a coyote at night, killing it and sending the car out of control and off the road, knocking the driver unconscious.
  • Michael violently grabs Jesse while looking for his money the boy stole. He then aims his gun at Cybil for the same.
  • We see that Murphy has killed another man. He then throws a lit cigarette onto the ground at a gas station where he left the pump running, thus igniting the gas and causing the station to explode in a huge fireball.
  • Cybil knocks Michael from the passenger side window of a car she's trying to drive away, thus causing him to land hard on the street.
  • Murphy shoots a cop in an old west, gunslinger style draw, where the cop's bullet grazes Murphy's cheek. Murphy then goes up and shoots the cop dead from pointblank range (seen from a distance).
  • Murphy fires several arrows at Peterson (barely, but purposefully missing him) to get his attention. He then kicks him to the floor.
  • We see that Murphy has killed several people (and see arrows sticking out from their bodies).
  • Murphy grabs Michael by the head and pulls him up against some jail cell bars.
  • Murphy grabs and punches an older man (just out of camera sight).
  • Murphy rams the van he's driving into the back of a car that Cybil is driving. He then chases after her, repeatedly crashing into her car and smashing it alongside a wall and up and over top of a concrete barrier and then into some amusement park buildings. He then uses a pole to smash one of the windows to get inside. She then tries to hit Murphy with a large, metal pipe, but he hits her in the gut instead, doubling her over and then kicks her to the ground (where he presses the pipe into her shoulder). He then grabs Jesse by the hair.
  • Jesses hits Murphy doing the "slug bug" game (where a person hits another upon seeing a VW Beetle). Murphy then punches Jesse in the face after seeing another of the cars.
  • A scorpion jabs a man in the arm with its stinger.
  • After a brief gun standoff, a massive and prolonged gun battle (with shotguns, machine guns, etc.) breaks out between the cops/federal agents and the bad guys. As a result, many people are hit and wounded or killed, and one bad guy also stabs a person with a switchblade.
  • A man fires a heavy-duty machine gun that causes a large explosion, knocking several agents off an adjacent roof. He then shoots a car that explodes.
  • A man is pummeled with bullets (resulting in a bloody death).

  • Reviewed February 19, 2001 / Posted February 23, 2001

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