Buena Vista Distribution (1986)
USA / English
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
||Widescreen 1.85:1 Color
||ENGLISH: Dolby Digital Surround [CC]
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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) Quotes: Carol
: Either the chief is a complete moron and complete morons are rare...
[she looks up at Earl Mott, a "complete moron"
: Or he's playing games with me! (more) Awards:
Nominated for Golden Globe. Another 1 win & 1 nomination (more)