Ruthless People

Ruthless People

Jim Abrahams (1986)

18 Certificate


Our Score
Airplane! partners Jim Abrahams, Jerry Zucker and David Zucker teamed up again for this fun comedy about a pair of bumbling kidnappers - Helen Slater and Judge Reinhold - who snatch wealthy Bette Midler and discover that her husband Danny DeVito doesn't want her back. The movie twists and turns as a whole host of other people get involved (including Anita Morris as DeVito's mistress and a young Bill Pullman as her mentally challenged lover). DeVito and Midler are superb in their roles as the greedy philanderer and his screaming, overbearing other half.


Selfish tycoon Sam Stone plans to murder his wife, only to find she has been kidnapped. He creates a media circus, hoping it will encourage the kidnappers to do his dirty work for him, but fails to realise the couple holding his wife hostage are a timid pair not cut out for a life of crime. Meanwhile, Sam's mistress thinks he really has killed his wife, and plans to blackmail him. Comedy, with Danny DeVito and Bette Midler.

Cast & Crew

Sam Stone Danny DeVito
Barbara Stone Bette Midler
Ken Kessler Judge Reinhold
Sandy Kessler Helen Slater
Carol Anita Morris
Earl Bill Pullman
Police commissioner William G Schilling
Lieutenant Bender Art Evans
Lieutenant Walters Clarence Felder
Bedroom killer J E Freeman
Director Jim Abrahams
Director David Zucker
Director Jerry Zucker
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: UKFD/Touchstone FilmsGuidance: Contains swearing, sex scenes and nudity. Available on: video and DVD