Complete list. :-(
Sam Stone's wife has just been kidnapped... And he doesn't want her back!
A couple, cheated by a vile businessman, kidnap his wife in retaliation, without knowing that their enemy is delighted they did.
The first five minutes of Ruthless People are the 80siest thing ever.
Starting with the garish opening titles and then opening up to the interior of Danny DeVito and Bette Midler's house, it's some start. The rest of the film isn't far off the mark in that regard either (as you can see from what Midler is wearing in the poster), and the soundtrack only backs that up.
Ruthless People isn't as dark a black comedy as The War Of The Roses, it's more of a crime comedy than anything. There was the feeling throughout that Abrahams-Zucker-Zucker were trying a bit too much with the plot and were trying to be a bit too…
As creators of Airplane, The Naked Gun, and Top Secret, Zucker, Abrahams, Zucker are formidable characters in the world of comedy.
Ruthless People is their third best feature film.
Which is no shame in such company.
It is a wonderfully convoluted kidnap caper comedy. A film packed with some of the most horrible characters imaginable. Horrible yet hilarious. Every actor has their brilliant moments to get their acting teeth stuck right into.
Bette Midler is a fucking powerhouse. Over the top and insane. Her characters introduction is one the great cinematic entrances. She stands out, and would normally have delivered that one performance that would have stuck in the viewers memory long after the film has finished. Normally. But Ruthless…
Despite not having that many interesting characters, the jokes being kind of predictable, and setting up the main relationship and motivation of DeVito's character by telling us everything instead of showings us. Ruthless People is quite fun and enjoyable, mainly because it manages to hit the right tone, and that along with Danny DeVito's performance make the movie.
This movie always cracks me up
I remember really liking this one as a kid back in the 80s, so it's something of a shame that it fails to live up to my memory on this rewatch.
Watching it again, I'm wondering - as indeed have many others before me - if the writer of Ruthless People, Daule Launer, had read Elmore Leonard's 178 novel The Switch, as there are some very strong similarities. So strong in fact that when Leonard came to write Rum Punch (filmed later by Tarantino as Jackie Brown) including the same characters, he had them remark that Hollywood had stolen their criminal activities for the premise of a movie, the movie being Ruthless People. In reality, Ruthless People killed a movie…
"Et tu, Adolf?"
This should be considered a canonical prequel to It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia.
Casting by Ellen Chenoweth. 30th anniversary 1am VHS screening.
Eh. This movie has its moments.
"I love wrong numbers."
There isn't a minute of this movie where I'm not crying from laughter. I've seen this film so many times I can pretty much recite 90% of the dialogue, but even still on every rewatch I laugh like it's the first time.
This movie always cracks me up
"Ruthless People" has one of the best premises in film comedy history.
Spandex miniskirt millionaire Sam Stone (Danny DeVito) plans to kill his battle axe wife (Bette Midler) for her inheritance. However, his plan is put on hold when she is kidnapped and held for ransom. The kidnappers threaten to kill her if Sam doesn't pay, which is a-o.k. with Sam, and means he doesn't have to do his own dirty work. But the kidnappers (Judge Reinhold and Helen Slater) are too kind hearted to follow through with what they start. Meanwhile, Sam's floozy mistress (a smokin' Anita Morris) knows about Sam's plans, and sends her doofus boyfriend (Bill Pullman) out to videotape what he thinks is Sam killing his…
A pretty dreadful film but one that's aware of it and manages to be a bit of fun.
Sam Stone (Danny DeVito) is a cheating husband who wants his wife dead so he can inherit her wealth and marry the woman he's cheating with. However his wife (Bette Midler) is kidnapped by a mild mannered couple (Judge Reinhold and Helen Slater) who've been wronged by Sam. They say that if he doesn't pay up they will kill her (which they won't do because they're too nice). Sam doesn't care, all he wants is for his wife to be out of the picture and is hoping that the two so called: "kidnappers" will take care of that for him. There is also a couple of different side plots and wires being crossed throughout the film but I wont get…
Barbara Stone (Bette Midler) has been kidnapped, but her millionaire husband Sam (Danny DeVito) isn't exactly anxious to get her back. Consistently hilarious mix of dark comedy and farce. The film owes its success to its Swiss-watch script (by Dale Launer; whatever happened to him?) as much as the terrific cast: DeVito, Midler, Judge Reinhold, Helen Slater, Anita Morris and Bill Pullman (in an amusing debut).
Found these lists (twelve total which I've compiled) a couple years back and they slowly became my bible for weird…
Giving this a go. I'm ready, and I'm saying that with determination.
Technically rewatching #2 and #19.