History Film / RuthlessPeople

18th Jun '17 9:26:49 PM jormis29
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A modern update of O Henry's ''The Ransom Of Red Chief'', and the first traditional, non-RapidFireComedy by Zucker Abrahams Zucker. Businessman Sam Stone (Danny [=DeVito=]) is married to Barbara (BetteMidler), but he hates her, having wed her only for her money. In fact, Sam has decided to murder Barbara for her inheritance. But before he can kill her, she gets kidnapped by a nice young married couple, Sandy and Ken Kessler (Helen Slater and Judge Reinhold), who are trying to recoup the money Sam made off of an idea he stole from them. Unfortunately, they're not very good at the kidnapping thing, and fail to be the [[TitleDrop ruthless people]] they should be. Sam does everything they tell him not to (like calling the cops), so they will kill Barbara like they threatened to. She ends up being "marked down" several times, but he refuses to pay. Meanwhile Sam's mistress, Carol Dodsworth (Anita Morris), and her other boyfriend, the ''incredibly'' dim-witted Earl Mott (Bill Pullman, in his hilarious first role), try to blackmail Sam for the murder of Barbara, which hasn't even happened... yet...

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A modern update of O Henry's ''The Ransom Of Red Chief'', and the first traditional, non-RapidFireComedy by Zucker Abrahams Zucker. Businessman Sam Stone (Danny [=DeVito=]) (Creator/DannyDeVito) is married to Barbara (BetteMidler), (Creator/BetteMidler), but he hates her, having wed her only for her money. In fact, Sam has decided to murder Barbara for her inheritance. But before he can kill her, she gets kidnapped by a nice young married couple, Sandy and Ken Kessler (Helen Slater and Judge Reinhold), who are trying to recoup the money Sam made off of an idea he stole from them. Unfortunately, they're not very good at the kidnapping thing, and fail to be the [[TitleDrop ruthless people]] they should be. Sam does everything they tell him not to (like calling the cops), so they will kill Barbara like they threatened to. She ends up being "marked down" several times, but he refuses to pay. Meanwhile Sam's mistress, Carol Dodsworth (Anita Morris), and her other boyfriend, the ''incredibly'' dim-witted Earl Mott (Bill Pullman, in his hilarious first role), try to blackmail Sam for the murder of Barbara, which hasn't even happened... yet...
30th May '17 5:44:48 PM Cheapsunglasses
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** Actually, it kind of is. When Barbara is kidnapped, Sam is able to convince the police that he's genuinely grieving for her, and she angrily tells the Kesslers that Sam "worships the ground [she walks] on."
16th Apr '17 2:58:54 AM Aurelian
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* YourCheatingHeart: The Chief gets caught in some very off the wall implications of this.

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* YourCheatingHeart: YourCheatingHeart:
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The Chief gets caught in some very off the wall implications of this.this.
** Sam is cheating on Barbara with Carol and Carol is cheating on Sam with Earl.
6th Apr '17 2:35:50 AM Aurelian
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* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: Earl is presumably arrested for trying to steal the ransom money from Ken, but we never see Carol again.
6th Apr '17 2:25:05 AM Aurelian
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* OhCrap:
** Sam's expression when he hears Barbara's voice at the end.
** Earl when he realises he's surrounded by what seems like the entire local police department.
9th Nov '16 2:02:12 AM BURGINABC
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* MostDefinitelyNotAVillain: Ken and Sandy.

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MostDefinitelyNotAVillain: Ken and Sandy.
20th Sep '16 5:07:00 AM DoctorNemesis
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* ShrinkingViolet: Sandy is a rather shy, softly-spoken, easily-spooked and mousy type of person who clearly isn't particularly well-suited to the whole 'kidnapping' lifestyle. Barbara ends up drawing her out of her shell a little bit.
22nd Aug '16 6:49:30 PM eaterofworlds
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** Played straight when the serial killer breaks into Ken and Sandy's home.
22nd Aug '16 6:46:02 PM eaterofworlds
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* JerkAss: You'd be questioning, why Barbara would marry someone as irredeemable as Sam? Especially since charm isn't exactly his strong suit.
31st Jul '16 9:19:47 AM JamesAustin
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* TitleThemeTune: The opening song by MickJagger.

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* TitleThemeTune: The opening song by MickJagger.Music/MickJagger.
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