A kids show host, Rainbow Randolph, is fired in disgrace while his replacement, Sheldon Mopes, aka Smoochy the Rhino, finds himself a rising star. Unfortunately for Sheldon, the business of kids television isn't all child's play.
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
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. As director, he insisted on including such a sequence in the movie. Writer Stu Silver wrote the scene. See more »
The locomotive is turned around in the two scenes when it passes the camera. 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 »
When Larry reads out the title of a student's "coffee table book" hesays "One hundred girls I'd like to fuck". This like was (badly) dubbed over by the MPAA to say "pork" (presumably to achieve a PG-13 rating as use of that word in a sexual context results in an R). The edited version was exported around the world. 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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