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Ruthless People (27-Jun-1986)

Directors: Jim Abrahams; David Zucker; Jerry Zucker

Writer: Dale Launer

From short story: The Ransom of Red Chief by O. Henry

Original Score by: Michel Colombier

Producer: Michael Peyser

Keywords: Crime/Comedy, Kidnapping

NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
Danny DeVito
17-Nov-1944   Short loudmouth from Taxi
Art Evans
27-Mar-1942   A Soldier's Story
Bette Midler
1-Dec-1945   Ol' Red Hair
Anita Morris
14-Mar-1943 2-Mar-1994 Ruthless People
Bill Pullman
17-Dec-1953   Independence Day
Judge Reinhold
21-May-1957   Fast Times at Ridgemont High
Helen Slater
15-Dec-1963   Supergirl


Danny DeVito   ...   Sam Stone
Judge Reinhold   ...   Ken Kessler
Helen Slater   ...   Sandy Kessler
Anita Morris   ...   Carol
Bette Midler   ...   Barbara Stone
Also Starring
Bill Pullman   ...   Earl
William G. Schilling   ...   Police Commissioner
Art Evans   ...   Lt. Bender
Clarence Felder   ...   Lt. Walters
J. E. Freeman   ...   Bedroom Killer
Gary Riley   ...   Heavy Metal Kid
Phyllis Applegate   ...   Loan Officer
Jeannine Bisignano   ...   Hooker in Car
J. P. Bumstead   ...   Technician
Jon Cutler   ...   Stereo Store Customer
Susan Marie Snyder   ...   Stereo Store Customer
Jim Doughan   ...   Cop at Sam's House
Christopher J. Keene   ...   Cop at Jail
Henry Noguchi   ...   Coroner
Frank Sivero   ...   The Mugger
Arnold Turner   ...   Cop with Killer Picture
Bob Tzudiker   ...   Sam's Attorney
Charles A. Vanegas   ...   Arresting Cop
Louise Yaffe   ...   Social Worker
Janet Rotblatt   ...   Secretary to Chief of Police
Charlotte Zucker   ...   Judge
Arturo Bonilla   ...   Waiter
Rick DeReyes   ...   Newscaster
Mie Hunt   ...   Newscaster
Ron Tank   ...   Newscaster
Susan Stadner   ...   Aerobic Instructor
Beth R. Johnson   ...   Aerobic Instructor
Richard Wilson   ...   Aerobic Instructor
Twyla S. Littleton   ...   Model
Mary Elizabeth Thompson   ...   Elderly Woman


Review by L.C. Peck (posted on 17-May-2007)

There are plots within plots, misunderstandings, and the criminals are the truly nice people, with the victim/victim's family being nasty folk. The movie develops nicely, is funny and interesting, with a surprise twist at the end. Excellent character development, with superb acting by the Divine Ms. M., Danny deVito, and Ms. Slater and Mr. Reinhold.

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