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Throw Momma from the Train
Owen asked his friend, Larry, for a small favor...
Larry Donner is a author and writing professor who tutors people who want to write books. Larry's life has become a misery when his Ex-wife has published a book he wrote under her name and has gotten rich over it. Owen Lift, one of Larry's students offers Larry to kill Larry's Ex-wife and in return Owen wants Larry to kill his horrible mother. Larry thinks it is a joke, until he learns Owen killed his Ex-wife and he has become the prime suspect.
After watching The Designated Victim (another [Italian]movie adapting the story from Hitchcock's Strangers on a Train), I felt like revisiting Danny DeVito's Throw Momma from the Train.
What I find the most interesting about this revisit is that while I really enjoyed Billy Crystal's performance (also that of Anne Ramsey who was a real trooper despite appearing to be half-dead most of the time), I think DeVito should have cast someone else as Owen, he had trouble passing off the character.
Another thing I found interesting and sort of unnerving was that Billy Crystal was pretty attractive in this movie, I never noticed it before but I think as I get older I find myself attracted to a totally different…
The funny far outweighs the unfunny, and it was shot by Barry Sonnenfeld so it looks amazing. Throw in the fact it's a spritely 88 minutes and you could do a lot worse on a rain-fucked Sunday afternoon.
That Pepsi scene had me in hysterics, but unfortunately I didn't find the rest of the film to be as funny. The ending felt too rushed and the film in general could've been more darker to fit its subject matter. However Anne Ramsey completely stole the show and was great enough for me to give this a pass.
"Dive! Dive!" yelled the Captain through the thing! So the man who makes it dive pressed a button, or a something, and it dove. And, the enemy was foiled again.
"Looks like we foiled them again." said Dave.
"Yeah," said the Captain. "We foiled those bastards again. Didn't we, Dave?"
"Yeah." said Dave. The End.
Not quite as funny as I remember it being, despite the funniest and most unexpected piece of frying pan violence in cinema history, and not quite dark enough considering the potential of the idea and plot.
But Anne Ramsey.
What an underrated film this is. Throw Momma from the Train was apparently relatively popular back in 1987 but doesn’t seem to be talked about very much today. For director Danny DeVito, his one-two punch of this and then The War of the Roses in 1989 make me surprised that he didn’t take off as a more popular director as I feel both of these films are dark mini-masterpieces.
Throw Momma from the Train tells the story of a creative writing professor named Larry (Billy Crystal) with severe writer’s block, not to mention an ex-wife who has stolen his story idea, who runs into a small, insecure and sort of mentally slow man named Owen (Danny DeVito) who takes his…
Watched this with my dad on Friday night while flipping channels. Perfect Friday night.
This movie is funny, and a great remake that both reinvents and in some ways expands upon the original Hitchcock thriller. However, this movie wouldn't be half of what it is without devitto. He OWNS this film, but the film wouldn't be anything without him.
what an odd couple danny devito and billy crystal make
i mean not in a bad way but still
I really wish the ending of this film had been Billy Crystal's new agent rejecting his finally-completed novel. "Larry, I know you're an artist, but Strangers on a Train has already been published."
It's got some laughs, and DeVito is great.
this movie could've been better but billy crystal was like....really cute? what?
I saw this in the theater in high school and I remember coming out of the theater telling my friend Ty how much of a waste of money it is to go to the movies. I didn't like this movie then and after watching it again my opinion has not changed much. Danny Devito does not go full Devito in this and Billy Crystal is annoying and unfunny. The star in this movie is Anne "it's too goddam sultry in here" Ramsey. She gets all of the laughs and makes this worth watching once.
pretty sure owen could have killed his momma in public, with a shotgun and nobody would've even questioned him.
Total Run Time of 90 minutes or less. Have I seen them all? Yes, but that doesn't mean I'll vouch…
I have this weird fetish for movies about writers. I love all of them, good or bad.
Please help me…