Throw Momma From the Train

Directed By: Danny DeVito Starring: Billy Crystal Anne Ramsey

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A bitter ex-husband. A put upon momma's boy. Both want their respective spouse and mother dead, but who will pull it off?


Studio MGM
SKU 40711523
UPC 027616927835
UPC 14 00027616927835
Format DVD
Release Date 2/7/2012
Rating Rating
Black Comedy
Family Interaction
Scams And Cons
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Editors Note
Note Owen (Danny DeVito) is a friendless would-be mystery writer who has had all he can take. He would do anything to get rid of his overbearing momma (Anne Ramsey), whose howling voice and domineering attitude have pushed him to the absolute limit. He even strikes a deal with Larry (Billy Crystal), his writing teacher, to knock off his much-hated ex-wife, with the understanding that the instructor will reciprocate. Ramsey is so terrific in her role that the audience eventually roots for her to be killed. Danny DeVito directed this very dark, very funny comedy, which owes a big debt to the Alfred Hitchcock thriller STRANGERS ON A TRAIN.
Plot Summary
Summary A timid middle-aged man, still living with his incredibly overbearing mother, arranges to have her murdered by his frustrated writing teacher, whose wife just stole his book idea.
Entertainment Weekly "...Fiendish....A blissfully ironic variation on [STRANGERS ON A TRAIN]'s criss-cross murder plot..." -- Rating: B 10/09/1998 pp.86-7
New York Times "...Enormously likable without compromising its mean-spirited fun....[DeVito] remains a captivating figure throughout the story..." 12/11/1987 p.C15
Variety "...A fun and delightfully venal comedy....Very clever and engaging from beginning to end..." 12/16/1987
Los Angeles Times "...DeVito's major feature directorial debut has some of the florid, grab-your-eye intensity of his acting..." 12/11/1987 p.C1
Danny DeVito
Billy Crystal
Anne Ramsey
Cast & Crew
Anne Ramsey - Actor
Barry Sonnenfeld - Director of Photography
Billy Crystal - Actor
Branford Marsalis - Actor
Danny DeVito - Director
Danny DeVito - Actor
David Newman - Musical Score
Kate Mulgrew - Actor
Kim Griest - Actor
Larry Brezner - Producer
Stu Silver - Writer
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1987
Catalog ID 1008791D
UPC 00027616927835
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 88 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Audio Tracks English
Aspect Ratio
Widescreen  1.85:1
Oscar (1988) Anne Ramsey, Nominee, Best Supporting Actress
Golden Globe (1988) Danny DeVito, Nominee, Best Performance By An Actor In A Motion Picture-Comedy/Musical,Anne Ramsey, Nominee, Best Supporting Actress In A Motion Picture
DVD, Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 1.85:1, English, Spanish, French, Subtitled
Product Attributes
Actor Devito,Danny
Label Mgm Entertainment
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Leonard Maltin's Movie & Video Guide Ramsey (is) incredible!
Variety Clever and engaging from beginning to end!

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