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Throw Momma from the Train (1987)

A bitter ex-husband and a put-upon momma's boy both want their respective former spouse and mother dead. Who will pull it off?

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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

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

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11 December 1987 (USA)  »

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Tira a mamá del tren  »

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$14,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$7,318,878 (USA) (13 December 1987)

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$57,915,972 (USA)
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Orion needed to approach Warner Bros about getting permission to use the references to " Strangers on a Train " but Warner's weren't keen to cooperate. Warner's realised that Orion still owned the rights to " Arthur " so they traded the 1951 Hitchcock classic so that they could make an " Arthur " sequel. " Arthur 2 on the Rocks " turned out to be a complete disaster at the box office, whereas " Throw Momma from the Train " was the 13th most successful movie of 1987. See more »

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When Owen sits on the porch (with the door open), his mother sits in her chair in the living room, and Larry lies down on the rug between them. Momma sees Larry on TV and yells "There's a murderer in the house!" at which point the camera turns back to Owen, with Larry notably absent from his place on the rug. The camera then returns to Momma calling the police at which point another cut is made to Larry awakening, lying on the carpet again in his original spot. See more »

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Momma: [On the train] I'm getting the hell out of here.
[Stands up and walks off]
Momma: Too god damn sultry in here.
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16 May 2004 | by (New York, NY USA) – See all my reviews

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.

GRADE: B-


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