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Throw Momma from the Train (1987)

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A bitter ex-husband wants his former spouse dead. A put-upon momma's boy wants his 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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... Owen
... Larry
... Beth
... Momma
... Margaret
... Lester
... Joel
... Detective DeBenedetto
... Sargeant
... Mrs. Hazeltine
... Pinsky
... Herself
... Ms. Gladstone
Philip Perlman ... Mr. Perlman
Stu Silver ... Ramon
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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)  »

Also Known As:

Tira a mamá del tren  »

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$14,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

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

Gross USA:

$57,915,972
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1.85 : 1
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The CBS Saturday Night Movie trailer of the film, when it was broadcast in the United States in 1991, featured a scene that was not in the film: Owen hiding behind a tree eating a chocolate bar, apparently spying on Larry. See more »

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at around 1 min, somebody's hand is at the right in the frame. See more »

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Momma: You clumsy poop!
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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 Serial Mom (1994) See more »

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PUHI PUHI O'SOLE PIPI
Written by James Kaholokula
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Genius script, great acting, solid direction: The ingredients to a great film.
19 August 2006 | by See all my reviews

Larry Donner (Billy Crystal) has a crazy life: His wife (Kate Mulgrew) stole his book and left him, he has a new budding romance with a girl named Beth (Kim Greist), he doesn't know how to start his book, and his students of his screen writing class are stranger than most. However, one student (Danny DeVito) is extra strange. He lives with his evil Momma (Anne Ramsey) and he can't get up the courage to kill her. So than he goes to Larry for help, making his life go from normal crazy, to extra crazy!

Stu Silver should have done more! The dialog, the characters, the whole script is near perfect! And Danny DeVito has proved to me he's more than a great actor: he's a great director! His kid's movie Matilda is among my favorite family movies and now this is one of my favorite comedies.

It's a black comedy, most jokes are about murder, but it's damn funny! All of the actors are doing their full potential, whether they're main characters (Billy Crystal) or just one-bit minor characters (Olivia Brown).

If you like comedy (Who doesn't?) than you'll like this! 8/10 stars.


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