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Director: Danny DeVito     Starring: Billy Crystal Anne Ramsey
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Format: DVD
Sku: 40711523
UPC: 027616927835
UPC 14: 00027616927835
Sales Rank: 3260
Rating: Game Rating Code
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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?

"Ramsey (is) incredible!  Leonard Maltin's Movie & Video Guide
"Clever and engaging from beginning to end!  Variety

Editor's 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.


Video Features DVD, Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 1.85:1, English, Spanish, French, Subtitled

Technical Info

Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: MGM
Video Release Date Release Date: 5/31/2005
Video Play Time Running Time: 88 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 1987
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 1008791D
Video UPC UPC: 00027616927835
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: English
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: English
Video Color Spec Video: Color

Aspect Ratio
Video Aspect Ratio Widescreen  1.85:1

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Anne Ramsey
Video Cast Info Billy Crystal
Video Cast Info Branford Marsalis
Video Cast Info Danny DeVito
Video Cast Info Kate Mulgrew
Video Cast Info Kim Griest
Video Cast Info Barry Sonnenfeld - Director of Photography
Video Cast Info Danny DeVito - Director
Video Cast Info David Newman - Musical Score
Video Cast Info Larry Brezner - Producer
Video Cast Info Stu Silver - Writer
Plot 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.


Oscar (1988)
   Video Award Name Anne Ramsey, Nominee, Best Supporting Actress

Golden Globe (1988)
   Video Award Name Danny DeVito, Nominee, Best Performance By An Actor In A Motion Picture-Comedy/Musical
   Video Award Name Anne Ramsey, Nominee, Best Supporting Actress In A Motion Picture

Professional Reviews

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

"...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

Product Attributes

Product attributeActor:   Devito,Danny
Product attributeLabel:   Mgm Entertainment
Product attributeMusic Format:   DVD
Product attributeVideo Format:   DVD
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