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

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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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Comedy | Crime | Thriller

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PG-13 | See all certifications »

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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 USA:

$7,318,878, 13 December 1987, Wide Release

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$57,915,972
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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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Towards the end Margaret drops a glass which falls consistently upright. Larry catches it while it's upside down. See more »

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Larry: The night was dry, yet it was raining.
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The credit for Assistant Sound Editor Robert Martel has a gap in the vertical stroke of the L. See more »

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Referenced in Family Matters: Throw Urkel from the Train (1998) See more »

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LARRY'S SONG
Written by Branford Marsalis
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A fun black comedy/thriller
20 June 2004 | by 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.


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