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Ruthless People (1986) Movie Information

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Comedy, Crime





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Jim Abrahams, David Zucker


Danny DeVito
Bette Midler
Judge Reinhold
Helen Slater
Bill Pullman
Anita Morris





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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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Yojimbo 07/08/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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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.

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MovieAddict 02/02/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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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. Samís 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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Snoogans 09/11/2010 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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The plot is like that of a crime thriller, with many twists and turns, but here they lead to some hysterical moments and a great payoff of an ending. Increasingly ridiculous and consistently funny.

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Andy89 09/02/2010 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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A brilliant plot; fantastic cast and wonderful, killer lines, this is my favourite comedy ever!

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serioussir 05/09/2008 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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I did enjoy this movie. I think Midler and DeVito are such great comedians. The plot is goofy and it tries to hard to tie it all together, but it's still a fun show. Judge Reinhold is endearing as the kidnapper with a soft heart and Pullman is good as the really stupid boyfriend.

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