MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 1,469 this week

Ruthless People (1986)

 -  Comedy | Crime  -  27 June 1986 (USA)
6.8
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.8/10 from 18,434 users  
Reviews: 67 user | 25 critic

A couple, cheated by a vile businessman, kidnap his wife in retaliation, without knowing that their enemy is delighted they did.

Writers:

, (story)
0Check in
0Share...

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 25 titles
created 26 Dec 2010
 
a list of 28 titles
created 30 Jan 2011
 
a list of 25 titles
created 03 Sep 2012
 
a list of 32 titles
created 20 Nov 2012
 
a list of 44 titles
created 1 month ago
 

Search for "Ruthless People" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Ruthless People (1986)

Ruthless People (1986) on IMDb 6.8/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Ruthless People.

User Polls

Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 1 win & 2 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

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

Director: Danny DeVito
Stars: Danny DeVito, Billy Crystal, Kim Greist
Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

In London, four very different people team up to commit armed robbery, then try to doublecross each other for the loot.

Directors: Charles Crichton, John Cleese
Stars: John Cleese, Jamie Lee Curtis, Kevin Kline
Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Two con men try to settle their rivalry by betting on who can swindle a young American heiress out of $50.000 first.

Director: Frank Oz
Stars: Steve Martin, Michael Caine, Glenne Headly
Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Two New Yorkers are accused of murder in rural Alabama while on their way back to college, and one of their cousins--an inexperienced, loudmouth lawyer not accustomed to Southern rules and manners--comes in to defend them.

Director: Jonathan Lynn
Stars: Joe Pesci, Marisa Tomei, Ralph Macchio
Quick Change (1990)
Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Three thieves successfully rob a New York City bank, but making the escape from the city proves to be almost impossible.

Directors: Howard Franklin, Bill Murray
Stars: Bill Murray, Geena Davis, Randy Quaid
My Blue Heaven I (1990)
Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

An all too uptight FBI agent must protect a larger than life mobster with a heart of gold, currently under witness protection in the suburbs.

Director: Herbert Ross
Stars: Steve Martin, Rick Moranis, Joan Cusack
The Freshman (1990)
Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Clark Kellogg is a young man starting his first year at film school in New York City. After a small time crook steals all his belongings, Clark meets Carmine "Jimmy the Toucan" Sabatini, an... See full summary »

Director: Andrew Bergman
Stars: Marlon Brando, Matthew Broderick, Bruno Kirby
Comedy | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

In 1920s New York, a struggling playwright is forced to cast a mobster's talentless girlfriend in his latest drama in order to get it produced.

Director: Woody Allen
Stars: John Cusack, Dianne Wiest, Jennifer Tilly
Stir Crazy (1980)
Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Skip and Harry are framed for a bank robbery and end up in a western prison. The two eastern boys are having difficulty adjusting to the new life until the warden finds that Skip has a ... See full summary »

Director: Sidney Poitier
Stars: Gene Wilder, Richard Pryor, Georg Stanford Brown
Dragnet (1987)
Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

The equally-straight-laced and "by the book" nephew of Joe Friday must work with his more laid-back partner to solve a mystery.

Director: Tom Mankiewicz
Stars: Dan Aykroyd, Tom Hanks, Christopher Plummer
The Hangover (2009)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

Three buddies wake up from a bachelor party in Las Vegas, with no memory of the previous night and the bachelor missing. They make their way around the city in order to find their friend before his wedding.

Director: Todd Phillips
Stars: Zach Galifianakis, Bradley Cooper, Justin Bartha
Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

A group of good-hearted but incompetent misfits enter the police academy, but the instructors there are not going to put up with their pranks.

Director: Hugh Wilson
Stars: Steve Guttenberg, G.W. Bailey, Kim Cattrall
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
...
...
...
...
...
...
...
...
Bedroom Killer
...
Heavy Metal Kid
Phyllis Applegate ...
Loan Officer
...
Hooker in Car
J.P. Bumstead ...
Technician
Jon Cutler ...
Edit

Storyline

Sam Stone is a clothing manufacturer, who married his wife Barbara, for the money that she was supposed to inherit from her dying father, but her father didn't die for another fifteen years. He is now planning to kill her and he tells his girlfriend Carol what he is going to do. He then on his way home to do just that but when he gets there, she's not there. He then receives a call from someone claiming to have kidnapped Barbara and threatening to kill her if he informs the police, which he does hoping that they do. What Stone doesn't know is that the kidnappers, Ken and Sandy are a couple whose idea for a garment he stole and made fortune off, are not that lethal, as a matter of fact Barbara's more lethal. And what Stone doesn't know is that Carol, has another boyfriend and they plan to blackmail Sam, by videotaping him disposing of Barbara's body. When her boyfriend, Earl goes there to do that, the person who goes there was not Sam but a guy with a hooker, and the guy instructs the ... Written by <rcs0411@yahoo.com>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

police | ransom | murder | hooker | blackmail | See more »

Taglines:

Barbara Stone has just been kidnapped by K-Mart, and what she doesn't know won't hurt her. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Crime

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

27 June 1986 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Ruthless People  »

Box Office

Gross:

$71,624,879 (USA)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Earl Mott (Bill Pullman) named his fish Crockett and Tubbs, after the lead characters from Miami Vice (1984). See more »

Goofs

When the newspaper headline "Kidnapping A Hoax - Husband Has Mistress" is seen, the underlying story is unrelated. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Sam Stone: Carol, did I ever tell you why I married her?
Carol: Yes, Sam, you told me many, many...
Sam Stone: Her father was very, very rich, and very, very sick. The doctors assured me he'd be dead any minute. There wasn't a second to lose! I rushed right out and married the boss's daughter. He was so sick, it was like the Angel of Death was sitting in the room with him, watching the clock. They pulled the plug on him... he wheezed and shook for about an hour... and then... he stabilized. The son-of-a-bitch ...
[...]
See more »

Crazy Credits

Near the end of the credits is the line "I Love Wrong Numbers", referring to a scene earlier in the movie where Sam Stone gets a wrong number on the phone and does a vulgar prank to it. See more »

Connections

Referenced in 100 höjdare: Världens roligaste ögonblick 50-41 (2005) See more »

Soundtracks

Dance Champion
Performed by Kool & The Gang
Written by Ronald Bell, J.T. Taylor (as James Taylor) and Kool & The Gang
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Be Ruthless -- It's Good for You
30 April 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"Ruthless People" has one of the best premises in film comedy history.

Spandex miniskirt millionaire Sam Stone (Danny DeVito) plans to kill his battle axe wife (Bette Midler) for her inheritance. However, his plan is put on hold when she is kidnapped and held for ransom. The kidnappers threaten to kill her if Sam doesn't pay, which is a-o.k. with Sam, and means he doesn't have to do his own dirty work. But the kidnappers (Judge Reinhold and Helen Slater) are too kind hearted to follow through with what they start. Meanwhile, Sam's floozy mistress (a smokin' Anita Morris) knows about Sam's plans, and sends her doofus boyfriend (Bill Pullman) out to videotape what he thinks is Sam killing his wife so that they can blackmail him.

This is a lot of plot to cram into a brisk 90 minutes, but this well written film never feels forced or rushed. Every scene conveys something important either for the story or about one of the characters, and not a moment feels wasted. The ensemble is terrific, each actor landing his/her jokes without fail. The standouts, though, are Bette Midler, who gives an outrageously vulgar performance pitched to the third balcony; and Judge Reinhold, who gives the film its heart.

One of the most quotable movies ever, the film also boasts a great opening credits sequence, one more reason to lament the fact that movies hardly ever have opening credits anymore.

Grade: A+


5 of 5 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Favourite 80's Comedy Movies triassicdan
This movie deserves a sequel mentazon
Re-rated PG-13??? webguyorlando-1
furniture, decorations, costumes Dylan_Gilliam
Questions from my 8th viewing bizerta
if you want it you can have it Drikel
Discuss Ruthless People (1986) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?