Ruthless People (1986)
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Fresh: 4 | Rotten: 0
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The last film to be co-directed by Jim Abrahams, David Zucker, and Jerry Zucker, Ruthless People stars Bette Midler (capitalizing on her comeback performance in Down and Out in Beverly Hills) as Barbara, a spoiled rich woman who is kidnapped by the kindly Ken and Sandy Kessler (Judge Reinhold and Helen Slater). Barbara's forceful husband Sam (Danny DeVito) has ripped off the Kesslers and they decide to hold Barbara for ransom. Sam, who hates his wife, refuses to pay. Eventually Barbara befriends
Jun 27, 1986 Wide
Apr 2, 2002
Buena Vista Pictures
William G. Schilling
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Ruthless People is a hilariously venal comedy about a kidnapped harridan whose rich husband won't pay for her return.
A pity that the directors prove less ruthless than their own creations, but there is more than enough here for people who enjoy murder attempts on cute pet poodles.
Though ''Ruthless People'' has few moments to equal the inspired lunacies of ''Airplane!'' it's a true farce -- uniformly, cheerily nasty...
DeVito is the mainspring of "Ruthless People," the engine of murderous intensity right at the center. His passion is so palpable that it adds weight to all the other performances in the movie.
DeVito at his best.
One of the best comedy capers of the 80's
Funny and fearless
Funny, nasty 80s update of "The Ransom of Red Chief." The Ref found similar dark laughs a decade later.
A wonderful cynical comedy filled with mean-spirited, but humorous, zest. Loads of fun!
Audience Reviews for Ruthless People
- Lt. Bender: That might be the stupidest man on the face of the planet.
- Lt. Walters: Maybe we should shoot him.
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