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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)

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$57,915,972 (USA)
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When Momma kicks open the door in the scene which Larry meets Momma. The sound effect of the door being kicked open by Momma sounds almost like a shotgun blast. See more »

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When Larry reads out the title of a student's "coffee table book" he says "One Hundred Girls I'd Like To Pork" but his lips are clearly mouthing the final word as "Fuck." This line was presumably overdubbed to avoid an R rating. See more »

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Owen: I wrote a book, and it got published. It's called Owen, And Owens Friend Larry. And it's all about you, me, and momma, and our times that we shared together. What's your book about?
Larry: You wrote a book about us?
Owen: Yeah!
Larry: Mmmhmm. All about you, me, and momma?
Owen: Yeah! Isn't it great?
Larry: Mmmm... YOU SON OF A BITCH, I'm gonna KILL YOU!
Owen: Wha... what? Don't! Do you want me to leave?
Larry: No, I don't want you to leave, I want you dead!
Owen: No, no, wait! Larry! Here! Take this! It's a copy of my book.
Larry: What is this, you ...
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PUA OLENA
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Refreshingly Nasty
20 June 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A deliciously nasty black comedy about a middle-aged schlub (Danny DeVito) who wants to bump off his mother and hatches a plan to do so with a bitter divorcée, who wants to bump off HIS ex-wife. The movie is completely unapologetic in its cynicism, and gives us no one to like, but for once that works in the movie's favor rather than as a turn off.

Anne Ramsey, as DeVito's battle axe mom, steals the show in a grotesquely funny performance. Even though she's a horror, you end up rooting for her, because it seems like she could kick both DeVito's and Crystal's asses at the same time with both hands tied behind her back.

Grade: B+


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