Ruthless People

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Released 1986

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Director:
David Zucker , Jim Abrahams , Jerry Zucker
Released:
1986
Rating:
R
Loathesome millionaire Sam Stone (Danny DeVito) is ruthless. How ruthless? When his shrill wife Barbara (Bette Midler) is nabbed by inept kidnappers (Judge Reinhold, Helen Slater), Sam cries tears of joy ... and refuses to pay the ransom. And when the abductors threaten to kill the abrasive heiress, Sam takes immediate action -- he celebrates!

Metacritic Score

  • 88

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    The movie is slapstick with a deft character touch here and there. It's hard to keep all the characters and plot lines alive at once, but Ruthless People does it, and at the end I ...

  • 88

    Chicago Tribune Gene Siskel

    Ruthless People contains some of the biggest laughs of 1986.

  • 75

    Miami Herald

    The acting, along with a wonderfully witty script and more madcap plot twists than a gaggle of Hitchcock films, lets Ruthless People ruthlessly overshadow its summer comedy competi...

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Comedy

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Dark Comedy