MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 442 this week

Throw Momma from the Train (1987)

6.2
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.2/10 from 24,964 users  
Reviews: 70 user | 21 critic

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:

Writer:

Watch Trailer
0Check in
0Share...

On Disc

at Amazon

Editors' Spotlight

IMDb Picks: March

IMDb's editors share the movies and TV shows they are excited to see in March.

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 30 titles
created 13 Jul 2011
 
a list of 49 titles
created 25 Jan 2012
 
a list of 44 titles
created 13 Feb 2012
 
a list of 36 titles
created 31 May 2012
 
a list of 32 titles
created 8 months ago
 

Related Items

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Throw Momma from the Train (1987)

Throw Momma from the Train (1987) on IMDb 6.2/10

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

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Throw Momma from the Train.

User Polls

Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 2 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A married couple try everything to get each other to leave the house in a vicious divorce battle.

Director: Danny DeVito
Stars: Michael Douglas, Kathleen Turner, Danny DeVito
Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

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

Directors: Jim Abrahams, David Zucker, and 1 more credit »
Stars: Bette Midler, Danny DeVito, Judge Reinhold
Hoffa (1992)
Biography | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

A film based on the story of legendary union figure Jimmy Hoffa.

Director: Danny DeVito
Stars: Jack Nicholson, Danny DeVito, Armand Assante
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Danny DeVito stars in and directs this critically acclaimed short film which was part of the ground breaking HBO/Cinemax anthology series, "Likely Stories." Danny plays corrupt Congressman ... See full summary »

Director: Danny DeVito
Stars: Danny DeVito, Joan Darling, Roy Firestone
Adventure | Comedy | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  

Shortly after their first western adventure, Mitch Robbins and his friends discover a treasure map that belonged to their late trail guide Curly and set out to discover its secrets.

Director: Paul Weiland
Stars: Billy Crystal, Jack Palance, Daniel Stern
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

On his girlfriend's insistence, a disgruntled man tries to make peace with his high-spirited, street-smart and often irritatingly careless father, a failed actor who never quit his dream to be a success.

Director: Henry Winkler
Stars: Billy Crystal, Alan King, JoBeth Williams
City Slickers (1991)
Comedy | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

On the verge of turning 40, an unhappy Manhattan yuppie is roped into joining his two friends on a cattle drive in the southwest.

Director: Ron Underwood
Stars: Billy Crystal, Jack Palance, Daniel Stern
Duplex (2003)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

A young couple has a chance to move into a gorgeous duplex in the perfect New York neighborhood. All they have to do is bump off the current tenant, a cute little old lady.

Director: Danny DeVito
Stars: Ben Stiller, Drew Barrymore, Eileen Essell
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

The life of Buddy Young, a comic legend in flashbacks but an old man looking for work in the present.

Director: Billy Crystal
Stars: Billy Crystal, David Paymer, Julie Warner
Oh Those Lips (2010)
Short | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Director: Danny DeVito
Stars: Tony Daly, Brittany Ishibashi
Comedy

An accountant is abandoned by his bride on his wedding day and embarks on his scheduled honeymoon with his estranged father.

Director: Danny DeVito
St. Sebastian (2015)
Thriller

Post apocalyptic Russia.

Director: Danny DeVito
Stars: William Fichtner, Lance Reddick, Constance Zimmer
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
...
...
...
...
...
...
Joey DePinto ...
...
Raye Birk ...
...
Herself
Olivia Brown ...
Philip Perlman ...
Stu Silver ...
Edit

Storyline

Larry Donner is an author and writing professor who tutors people that want to write books. Larry's life has become a misery when his ex-wife Margaret has published a book he wrote under her name and has gotten rich over it. Owen Lift, one of Larry's students, offers Larry to kill Margaret, and in return Owen, wants Larry to kill his horrible mother. Larry thinks it's a joke, until he learns Owen killed his ex-wife. And Larry has now become the prime suspect. Written by Daniel Williamson

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

Owen asked his friend, Larry, for a small favor...

Genres:

Comedy | Crime

Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

11 December 1987 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Tira a mamá del tren  »

Box Office

Budget:

$14,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$57,915,972 (USA)
 »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Danny DeVito once noted in an interview with Playboy Magazine that the scene where Owen shows his coin collection to Larry, was inspired by his childhood habit of sharing things with friends that involved whatever he was into at the time. It was his insistence as a director to include a sequence like this in the movie. Writer Stu Silver then wrote the scene. See more »

Goofs

(at around 1 min) You can see somebody's hand at the right in the frame. See more »

Quotes

Beth Ryan: He didn't do it!
Police Sergeant: Well then who do you suppose did?
Beth Ryan: [after a pause to think] Somebody else!
See more »

Crazy Credits

The credit for Assistant Sound Editor Robert Martel has a gap in the vertical stroke of the L. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Bones: The Diamond in the Rough (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

O KA LAAU
Written by James Kaholokula
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

A fun black comedy/thriller
20 June 2004 | by (Lake Isabella, CA) – See all my reviews

Throw Momma from the Train, could best be described as a newer version of Hitchcock's "Strangers on a Train". Stu Sliver's script was creative and very darkly comic.

Danny DeVito stars (and also directs) as Owen, a sort of dim-witted writing student who lives with his monstrous mother (Anne Ramsey). Owen's writing teacher, Larry (Billy Crystal) is having trouble with his writing career because his wife (Kate Mulgrew) stole his first book and made it her own bestseller and lives the highlife in Hawaii. After Owen constantly annoys Larry for days about his first story, he wrote from class, Larry suggests that Owen see a Hitchcock movie in order to write the perfect murder mystery novel. Owen then gets the idea from "Strangers on a Train" that he will go to Hawaii and murder Larry's wife, while Larry will kill his mother. But Larry has the motive, and with the police coming after him, Larry now has the opportunity to kill off the meanest old lady, he's ever seen, but realizes that she is harder to get rid of than both he and Owen thought.

Throw Momma from the Train, I think is a fun comic adventure, both Danny DeVito and Bill Crystal are funny, while Anne Ramsey's Oscar-nominated role of Momma is hysterically frightening. There are a lot of laughs in this film, especially the classic "One Hundred Girls I'd Like to Fork" story. Kim Griest, Annie Ross and Bruce Kirby also star, with Rob Reiner, Oprah Winfrey and Danny DeVito's own father in law, Philip Perlman make cameos. This is a good example of classic black comedy.


14 of 16 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
he doesn't really say pork does he? kuribogoomba
Wow pretty underated WJKelly100
I Actually Felt Bad For Devito's Character riggins345
Alternative Ending?? lizswann12
Something I alway wondered CCHSMike
Kim Greist fallom14
Discuss Throw Momma from the Train (1987) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page