• Throw Momma From the Train (1987)

Throw Momma From the Train

Release Date: 1987

DVD Release Date: May 8th, 2001

PG-13 |1 hr 26 min

Plot Summary

Larry (Billy Crystal), an author with a cruel ex-wife, Margaret (Kate Mulgrew), teaches a writing workshop where Owen (Danny DeVito), one of his students, is fed up with his domineering mother (Anne Ramsey). When Owen watches a Hitchcock classic that seems to mirror his own life, he decides to put the movie's plot into action and offers to kill Margaret, if Larry promises to murder his mom. Before Larry gets a chance to react to the plan, it seems that Owen has already sealed Margaret's fate.

Cast: Danny DeVito, Billy Crystal, Anne Ramsey, Kim Greist, Kate Mulgrew, Branford Marsalis, Rob Reiner, Bruce Kirby

Director: Danny DeVito

Genres: Comedy

Production Co: Orion Pictures

Keywords: Revenge, Hilarious, 1980s, Girlfriend, Rivalry, Murder, Pursuit, Mother, Temptation

Ratings & Reviews

  • 50
    Roger EbertChicago Sun-Times

    The plot in Throw Mama from the Train is top-heavy, but the movie doesn't make as much as it could from its weird characters. show more

  • 50
    Dave KehrChicago Tribune

    A comedy with a curious tone of depressive whimsy. It manages, somehow, to be both aggressively cute and oppressively sordid. [11 Dec 1987, p.G]

  • 75
    Jay ScottThe Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    That it all works is a tribute to Stu Silver's gaggy but never vulgar script and to DeVito's imaginative direction, but the movie would be unthinkable without its trio of funny folk. [11 Dec 1987]

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