U.S. Marshalls

MPAA Rating: PG-13

Entertainment: +3

Content: -1

When Chicago police obtain the fingerprints of an injured driver they soon realize he is Roberts (Wesley Snipes) a wanted man. They arrest him and extradite him to New York on a prisoner transport plane. U.S. Marshal Samuel Gerard (Tommy Lee Jones) also boards the prisoner plane, as an escort to one of the prisoners. But something goes terribly wrong when one of the prisoners smuggles a gun and tries to shoot Roberts. He misses and blows out the window and the plane decompresses and crashes. Roberts escapes and becomes a fugitive with Gerard and special agent, John Royce (Robert Downey Jr.) hot on his trail. Gerard leads the chase back to Chicago, then to New York, where he uncovers Roberts' true identity--that of an ex-Marine Special Forces, ex-C.I.A. operative named Sheridan. He most recently worked as an undercover hired gun, a government 'kite,' without official federal ties. U.S. Marshals is an intriguing action thriller from the word go. It has chase scenes on every vehicle known to man. And even though it does tend to run a little too long, Tommy Lee holds it together.

As a spin-off of The Fugitive, U.S. Marshals will not disappoint viewers in the action arena. The opening plane crash closely mirrors that of the train wreck in The Fugitive. It is loud, intense and deadly. There are many chase scenes, some ending in fist fights, others in gun fights. Pictures of dead agents are shown and a man is shot brutally in the chest, another is shot in the head and yet another with his throat slit dead in a shower. Even more painful to watch is a scene of a seriously wounded Robert in the hospital when someone comes into his room and rips out the tubes. In spite of all the violence, however, Roberts goes out of his way not to kill anyone. Thankfully, sex and nudity are not part of this action movie. Still with 22 obscenities, 36 crudities, and 16 profanities U.S. Marshals really borders on the edge of an R rating.

Preview Reviewer: Sherry Oswald
Warner Bros. 4000 Warner Blvd. Burbank, CA 91522

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 (37) times-- Mild 27, Moderate 10)

Obscene Language: Many (23) (f-word 2, s-word 19, other 2)

Profanity: Many (16) times--Exclamatory 4, Regular 12 (JC, G-d, G)

Violence: Many times --Mild to Moderate (plane crash, tubes ripped out of man in hospital bed, man hit on head, man nearly suffocated, gunfight, fist fight, man shot in head, man shot in chest, pictures of slain men shown, man shown with throat slit, car crash, woman held with knife to throat, car pushed off bridge)

Sex: None

Nudity: Near nudity few times (brief rear view of woman's underwear, near breast nudity of women in bikinis)

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: Few times (reference to man's genitals)

Drugs: Smoking, Alcohol

Other: Other

Running Time: 125 minutes
Intended Audience: Teenagers and Adults

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