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Movie Review for Ruthless People


An 80s movie that would make you laugh until you cry. A manís wife is kidnapped and he could not be happier.

Ruthless People DVD


Sam Stone(played by Danny DeVito) only married his wife Barbara (played by Bette Midler) because of the money she was scheduled to inherit in the event of her fatherís passing in the movie Ruthless People.

But, when Sam realized that his father-in-law may be around longer than he expected, he masterminds a plot to kill his wife. He goes home to execute his plan one day and gets a phone call that his wife has been kidnapped. Not only that, they threaten to kill her if her were to call the cops, and while Sam is relieved that someone else would be doing his dirty work, he is in for a shock of a lifetime in the movie Ruthless People.


Sam Stone - Danny DeVito
Barbara Stone - Bette Midler
Ken Kessler - Judge Reinhold
Sandy Kessler - Helen Slater
Carol Dodsworth - Anita Morris
Earl Mott - Bill Pullman
Chief Henry Benton - William G Schilling
Lt. Bender - Art Evans
Lt. Walters - Clarence Felder
Bedroom Killer - J.E. Freeman
Heavy Metal Kid - Gary Riley
Loan Officer - Phyllis Applegate
Hooker in Car - Jeannine Bisignano
Technician - JP Bumstead
Stereo Store Customer - Jon Cutler


Bette Midler won a Comedy award for her role in the movie Ruthless People.

Danny DeVito was nominated for a Golden Globe award for his role of Sam Stone in the movie Ruthless People.

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80's Film Facts:

The Movie Ruthless People was released to theatres on 06/27/1986 by Buena Vista, and grossed $71,624,879 at the box office in the US.

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