A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Meant to entertain, not inform.
Innocence and good intentions are rewarded.
Positive Role Models
Portrayed as bumbling buffoons: law enforcement, government officials, journalists, corporate leaders, criminals, the unemployed. The only character behaving with resourcefulness and intelligence is a dog.
Violence & Scariness
All slapstick, cartoon action: pratfalls, a kitchen catches fire, a dognapping sequence, good guys held at gunpoint, a punch in the face, and a comic car chase in a parking lot ends in a three-car crash. No one is ever injured or killed. Several people have their mouths taped after being taken captive.
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Products & Purchases
Morton Salt, Magnavox, TWA, Coca Cola, Ford, Southern Pacific, and Western Pacific Railroads.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
One policeman smokes in one scene.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Billion Dollar Hobo is a low-brow farcical comic vehicle made for Tim Conway in 1977 at the height of his successful television career where he plays an artless fool: mugging, falling, causing accidents, getting into trouble, and constantly being rescued. There's nothing scary; the action is cartoonish and non-threatening. Nothing is objectionable either: no language issues, no sexuality, no drinking. The laughs, other than Conway's clueless mishaps (i.e., trying to board a moving train, squeezing toothpaste all over himself, etc.), are, unfortunately, also in short supply. The animals at the heart of the story (two appealing dogs) are never at risk and prove to be the bravest, smartest characters in the film. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
The story, like the movie itself, goes from bad to very bad. Even the very youngest kids may be bored by this witless travesty. Wooden acting (in even the smallest roles), amateurish writing and directing, and even worse editing, add up to some almost-funny sight gags, a few clown-like scenes for Conway (that go on and on), and 97 minutes the sorry viewer will never get back.
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