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Ruthless People (1986)

R | | Comedy, Crime | 27 June 1986 (USA)
A couple, cheated by a vile businessman, kidnap his wife in retaliation, without knowing that their enemy is delighted they did.

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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 1 win & 2 nominations. See more awards »
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Cast

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Storyline

Sam Stone (Danny DeVito) is a clothing manufacturer, who married his wife Barbara (Bette Midler), for the money that she was supposed to inherit from her dying father, but her father didn't die for another fifteen years. He is now planning to kill her and he tells his girlfriend Carol Dodsworth (Anita Morris) what he is going to do. He then on his way home to do just that but when he gets there, she's not there. He then receives a call from someone claiming to have kidnapped Barbara and threatening to kill her if he informs the police, which he does hoping that they do. What Stone doesn't know is that the kidnappers, Ken (Judge Reinhold) and Sandy (Helen Slater) Kessler are a couple whose idea for a garment he stole and made fortune off, are not that lethal, as a matter of fact Barbara's more lethal. And what Stone doesn't know is that Carol, has another boyfriend named Earl Mott (Bill Pullman), and they plan to blackmail Sam, by videotaping him disposing of Barbara's body. When Earl ... Written by <[email protected]>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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Barbara Stone has just been kidnapped by K-Mart, and what she doesn't know won't hurt her. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Crime

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

27 June 1986 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Y a-t-il quelqu'un pour tuer ma femme?  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$5,274,306 (USA) (29 June 1986)

Gross:

$71,624,879 (USA)
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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Though they are also screen-writers, the triumvirate of Jerry Zucker, David Zucker and Jim Abrahams did not work as scriptwriters on this picture. See more »

Goofs

During the Hope Street Plaza establishing shot, there is a bug or other small obstruction on the right side of the camera lens. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Sam Stone: Carol, did I ever tell you why I married her?
Carol: Yes, Sam, you told me many, many...
Sam Stone: Her father was very, very rich, and very, very sick. The doctors assured me he'd be dead any minute. There wasn't a second to lose! I rushed right out and married the boss's daughter. He was so sick, it was like the Angel of Death was sitting in the room with him, watching the clock. They pulled the plug on him... he wheezed and shook for about an hour... and then... he stabilized. The son-of-a-bitch ...
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Crazy Credits

Dwight Gooden, the well-known major league baseball pitcher, is listed in the end credits as "Best Pitcher." Gooden won the 1985 National League Cy Young Award, which is given annually to the best pitcher in each league. See more »

Connections

Features Shape Up L.A (1985) See more »

Soundtracks

Ruthless People Theme
Performed by Mick Jagger
Written by Daryl Hall, David A. Stewart (as Dave Stewart) and Mick Jagger
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Great comedy!
13 August 2002 | by (Tucson, AZ) – See all my reviews

Bette Midler, Danny DeVito, Judge Reinhold and Helen Slater all mixed and matched perfectly in this film about one loud and obnoxious woman. Hilarious in its implementation, the way the lives of the characters unfold in a funny and unpredictable manner. If you haven't seen this classic comedy, then get a whiff of this film, just to see the genius of DeVito and Midler in their primes. While the humor may be a little dated, it still offers some fairly clean fun for all to enjoy.


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