DVD 93 mins IMDB 6.8 (5,607 votes)
Ruthless People
Buena Vista Distribution (1986)
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Comedy, Crime
USA  /  English

Danny DeVito Sam Stone
Bette Midler Barbara Stone
Judge Reinhold Ken Kessler
Helen Slater Sandy Kessler
Anita Morris Carol
Bill Pullman Earl Mott
William G. Schilling Police Commissioner
Art J. Evans Lt. Bender
Clarence Felder Lt. Walters
J.E. Freeman Bedroom Killer
Art Evans Lt. Bender
Gary Riley Heavy Metal Kid
Phyllis Applegate Loan Officer
Jeannine Bisignano Hooker in Car
J.P. Bumstead Technician
Jon Cutler Stereo Store Customer

Director Jim Abrahams; Jerry Zucker; David Zucker
Producer Michael Peyser
Writer O. Henry; Dale Launer
Cinematography Jan de Bont
Musician Michel Colombier; Billy Joel; Bruce Springsteen; Luther Vandross
User Credit 1 Gib Jaffe; Arthur Schmidt
User Credit 2 Rosanna Norton

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 the Kesslers and together they figure out how to exact revenge upon the obnoxious Sam. Bill Pullman makes his film debut here as a very dim, would-be criminal. — Perry Seibert

Edition Details
Barcode 717951005106
Region Region 1
Chapters 12
Release Date 8/3/2004
Packaging Keep Case
Screen Ratio Widescreen 1.85:1 Color
Audio Tracks ENGLISH: Dolby Digital Surround [CC]
Layers Single Side, Single Layer
No. of Disks/Tapes 1

Color Closed-captioned
Personal Details
User Lookup 1 DVD Copy
User Text 2 Sam Stone's wife has just been kidnapped... And he doesn't want her back!
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Trivia: Earl Mott (Bill Pullman) named his fish Crockett and Tubbs, obviously after the lead characters from "Miami Vice" (1984). (more)

Goofs: Continuity: During the "Murder?/Police Chief having sex" scene where Earl is filming, Earl is talking, groaning, and barfing right next to the camera. However, when the film is being played back later the only soundtrack is the moaning and groaning coming from the hooker in the car. (more)

Carol: Either the chief is a complete moron and complete morons are rare...
[she looks up at Earl Mott, a "complete moron"]
Carol: Or he's playing games with me!

Awards: Nominated for Golden Globe. Another 1 win & 1 nomination (more)