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Ruthless People

R In Theaters 08/8/2002 , 93min.
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Plot & Details

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.

Awards

Golden Globes

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1986 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy Danny DeVito Nominated

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