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Release Date: August 8th, 2002

DVD Release Date: April 2nd, 2002

R|1 hr 35 min

Plot Summary
Sam Stone (Danny DeVito) hates his wife, Barbara (Bette Midler), so much that he wants her dead. He's ecstatic when she's taken by a duo of kidnappers who want $500,000 ransom in exchange for her life. Fully intending to ignore every one of the kidnappers' demands in the hopes that they do him a favor and murder her for him, the two confused kidnappers (Judge Reinhold, Helen Slater) have to figure out how they're going get their money, and what they're going to do with the overbearing Barbara.

Cast: Danny DeVito, Bette Midler, Judge Reinhold, Helen Slater, Anita Morris, Bill Pullman, William G. Schilling, Art Evans

Director: Jim Abrahams, David Zucker, Jerry Zucker

Genres: Comedy

Production Co: Touchstone Pictures

Keywords: Murder, Revenge, Rivalry, Amusing, Dark, Offbeat, 1980s, Wife, Los Angeles

Ratings & Reviews

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  • The acting, along with a wonderfully witty script and more madcap plot twists than a gaggle of Hitchcock films, lets Ruthless People ruthlessly overshadow its summer comedy competition. In Ruthless People, Midler at long last is allowed a full stretch of her talent and is given a chance to be both the actress and the funny lady. [27 June 1986, p.D8]

  • The movie is slapstick with a deft character touch here and there. It's hard to keep all the characters and plot lines alive at once, but Ruthless People does it, and at the end I felt grateful for its goofiness. show more

  • Ruthless People contains some of the biggest laughs of 1986. show more

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Nominated Best Performance By an Actor in a Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical