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Ruthless People (1986)

Wealthy but loathsome millionaire businessman Sam Stone (Danny DeVito) plans to murder his wife, Barbara (Bette Midler) so he can marry his mistress.

He thinks his problems are over when his wife is kidnapped by an inept young couple (Helen Slater and Judge Reinhold) who threaten to kill her if their ransom demands are not met. But Sam’s life is about to get even more complicated.

The movie twists and turns as a whole host of other people get involved (including Anita Morris as DeVito’s mistress and a young Bill Pullman as her mentally challenged lover).

Airplane! (1980) partners Jim Abrahams, Jerry Zucker and David Zucker teamed up again for this fun comedy.


Sam Stone
Danny DeVito
Barbara Stone
Bette Midler
Ken Kessler
Judge Reinhold
Sandy Kessler
Helen Slater
Anita Morris
Bill Pullman
Police commissioner
William G Schilling
Lieutenant Bender
Art Evans
Lieutenant Walters
Clarence Felder
Bedroom killer
J E FreemanCrew

Jim Abrahams
David Zucker
Jerry Zucker