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RUTHLESS PEOPLE (1986)

Sam Stone is a scruples businessman who one day decides to murder his wife for her money.  First, however, his wife is first kidnapped by Ken and Sandy Kessler, a duo seeking revenge from Sam for stealing their savings and unbelievably using it to market the Kessler fashion design business as his own doing.  Meanwhile, Sam’s wife discovers his ruthless business tactics, and when she learns that he isn’t doing anything to help release her, she decides to befriend her kidnappers and together, the trio plans to teach Sam a hard lesson.

The cast includes: Danny DeVito, Bette Midler, Judge Reinhold, Helen Slater, Anita Morris, Bill Pullman, William G. Schilling, and Art Evans.

Directors Jim Abrahams, David Zucker, and Jerry Zucker deliver many laughs with their ruthless comedy, "Ruthless People."

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Promotional Line: "Sam Stone's wife has just been kidnapped... And he doesn't want her back!"

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A married couple, Ken Kessler (Judge Reinhold) and Sandy Kessler (Helen Slater) cheated by a unscrupulous fashion designer, Sam Stone (Danny DeVito) who had stolen Sandy's fashion designer ideas, and made a bundle of money off them,kidnap Stone's vulgar wife, Barbara Stone (Bette Middler), in hopes of getting some money back through her ransom. However, Stone was planning to kill her, and when she's unexpectedly kidnapped, Stone refuses to pay the ransom; the laughs begin!

DeVito and Middler excel as the rich guy and his vulgar wife. Few can portray crassness and vulgarity as well as Middler and DeVito. At their best, individually, DeVito and Middler are at their best vigorously portraying the low life. Ideally cast as husband and wife, they present the King and Queen of low culture.

Judge Reinhold and Helen Slater delight as some really "good" kidnappers. Anita Morris is very memorable as DeVito's mistress, Carol Dodsworth, and her Bill Pullman is a delight as her really "dumb" hunk, Earl Mott. The fact that ten years later, Pullman would go on to play the President of the United States, in "Independence Day," shows what a great country America is, or something.

"Ruthless People," based on O. Henry's story, The Ransom of Red Chief", is the first produced screenplay for Dale Launer, who sold stereos while working on the spec script. This launched him on a successful screen writing career, leaving his stereo days behind him, which I'm sure was music to his ears.

The fine direction is by Jim Abrahams, who has a lot of talent for directing comedies, and keeps the spirit of the script alive and pumping, resulting in a hilarious movie.

If you liked RUTHLESS PEOPLE you may enjoy DOWN AND OUT IN BEVERLY HILLS, HOT SHOTS, POLICE SQUARD, HOT SHOTS PART DEUX, TOP SECRET, POLICE SQUARD, AIRPLANE, MY COUSIN VINNY , and OTHER PEOPLES MONEY.

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