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
The title comes from the Patti Page song "Throw Mama From the Train, a kiss, a kiss, Wave Mama from the train a goodbye..." It is written in Pennsylvania Deutsch dialect which speaks English with German syntax, so "throw momma from the train a kiss" means "throw momma a kiss from the train." See more »
The locomotive shown on the train is a switch engine. Switch engines are not used on road trains or Amtrak. Switch engines may be placed in the locomotive consist on road trains, however they are typically either isolated or dead-in-tow. See more »
You were writing a letter.
You are writing to tell them to take me away! You want them to take me away!
I'm writing a story for class, Momma! I don't want them to take you away!
Yes, you do!
Owen loves his Momma!
Owen loves his Momma!
Owen loves his Momma, Owen loves his Momma, Owen loves his Momma, Owen loves his Momma...
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The credit for Assistant Sound Editor Robert Martel has a gap in the vertical stroke of the L. See more »
Throw Momma From The Train is a good black comedy from Danny DeVito... Billy Crystal is great as Larry, a frustrated writer who wishes his ex-wife were dead. Danny DeVito plays against type as Owen, a childlike psychotic who allows his monster of a mother to run his life. Wouldn't life be simpler is these two could murder the women that make them miserable?
The first two-thirds of the movie are funny, especially the scenes involving Larry's writing class. But somewhere along the way it becomes a frantic nightmare, with Larry fighting for his sanity while a "kooky" musical score blares incessantly on the soundtrack. And the inconsistencies of Owen's character are more than a little distracting.
In the end, though, "Throw Momma From The Train" is an entertaining, original movie with some very funny scenes. It is worth checking out if you can rent it or see it on cable.
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