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Ruthless People

Rating:R
Genre:Comedy
Release Date:June 27, 1986
Running time:93 minutes
Cast:Danny DeVito, Bette Midler, Judge Reinhold, Helen Slater, Bill Pullman
Director:Jim Abrahams, David Zucker
Producer:Joanna Lancaster, Richard Wagner, Walter Yetnikoff
Writer:O. Henry, Dale Launer
Distributor:Buena Vista Pictures

Description: The last film to be co-directed by Jim Abrahams, David Zucker, and Jerry Zucker, Ruthless People stars Bette Midler (capitalizing on her comeback performance in Down and Out in Beverly Hills) as Barbara, a spoiled rich woman who is kidnapped by the kindly Ken and Sandy Kessler (Judge Reinhold and Helen Slater). Barbara's forceful husband Sam (Danny DeVito) has ripped off the Kesslers and they decide to hold Barbara for ransom. Sam, who hates his wife, refuses to pay. Eventually Barbara befriends the Kesslers and together they figure out how to exact revenge upon the obnoxious Sam. Bill Pullman makes his film debut here as a very dim, would-be criminal.~ Perry Seibert, All Movie Guide

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