Overall Rank: 3888
Average Rating: 2.7/4
# of Ratings: 65
Theatrical Release Date: 06/27/1986
Genre: Comedy, Crime
MPAA Rating: R
Director: Jim Abrahams, David Zucker
Actors: Danny DeVito, Bette Midler, Judge Reinhold, Helen Slater, Bill Pullman, Anita Morris
Plot: A heartless business man (DeVito) cheats a couple out of a multi-million dollar idea. In retaliation, the couple kidnaps his wife (Midler) only to find that he's glad to be rid of her. -- serioussir
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Logan D. McCoy - wrote on 06/26/2019
The best Coen brothers comedy the Coen brothers never made. "Ruthless People" is a laugh per minute crime caper.
Yojimbo - wrote on 07/08/2012
Back in the 80s, studios were bizarrely convinced of Bette Midler's star power...this is probably the least offensive of her offerings, a mildly amusing caper movie in which an amusingly hateful and spoilt Midler is kidnapped by a goody two shoes couple, only to find her spiteful husband Danny DeVito unsurprisingly doesn't want her back.
MovieAddict - wrote on 02/02/2012
I LOVED this movie when I first saw it and although it has gotten a bit dated, I still found it humorous. Danny DeVito plays Sam Stone, a lying, cheating, scoundrel who is tired of his nagging wife and is devilishly delighted when a naive couple whom he's victimized kidnap her for a ransom he never intends to pay so he celebrates with a bottle of champagne. Bette Midler is the kidnapped heiress Barbara Stone who we hate at first because she is so mean to her kidnappers played by a young struggling couple, Judge Reinhold and Helen Slater. Sam’s mistress is played beautifully by adulterous Anita Morris who has an idiot for a boyfriend played by Bill Pullman. I was laughing from beginning to end!
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