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Ruthless People (1986)

Ruthless People
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6.9 IMDB rating
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Danny DeVito Danny DeVito
Sam Stone
Bette Midler Bette Midler
Barbara Stone
Judge Reinhold Judge Reinhold
Ken Kessler
Helen Slater Helen Slater
Sandy Kessler
Anita Morris Anita Morris
William G. Schilling William G. Schilling
Police Commissioner
Art Evans Art Evans
Lt. Bender

Written by
Dale Launer Dale Launer
(written by)
O. Henry O. Henry
story The Ransom of Red Chief


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So many laughs, equals a silly funny hit.

8 years, 11 months ago at Jan 11 18:14
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''So, if I look like his mother and you look like his father, this is what our son would look like. Pretty strong argument for birth control.''

A couple, cheated by a vile businessman, kidnap his wife in retaliation, without knowing that their enemy is delighted they did.

Danny DeVito: Sam Stone

Back in the 80s there were many examples of comedies and ... read more

An average movie

6 years, 6 months ago at May 25 13:23
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Honestly, I wasn’t sure what to expect from this flick but since I always had a weak spot for Danny DeVito, I thought I might as well give it a try. The interesting thing about this flick is that it was the first ‘straight’ comedy (meaning = not a parody) directed by the trio Jim Abrahams, David Zucker and Jerry Zucker and, if I’m not mistaken, it was quite a success when it was released.... read more
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Slime ball businessman Sam Stone plots to murder his horrible wife for her money, so he can marry his mistress. He can't believe his luck when she is kidnapped by Ken and Sandy Kessler who wanted revenge from Sam for stealing their savings, and Sandy's money making fashion design, then marketing it as his own. When Barbara learns of what Sam has done to this couple and then realises that he isn't doing anything to secure her release, she becomes friends with her kidnapper and they plan to teach Sam a lesson.
Release date: 27 June 1986
UPC: 717951005106
Tags: Comedy (11), Crime (10), Kidnapping (7), Ransom (5), 1980s (5), Black Comedy (4), Murder (4), Blackmail (4), Police (4), Chloroform (3), Serial Killer (3), 1986 (3), Satirical (3), Champagne (3), Female Nudity (2), Scam (2), Prostitute (2), Revenge (2), Hooker (2), Irreverent (2)
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