History Film / ThrowMommaFromTheTrain

12th Jul '16 11:33:44 AM Mdumas43073
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''Throw Momma From the Train'' is a 1987 BlackComedy directed by DannyDeVito. Writer Larry Donner (BillyCrystal), suffering from severe writer's block, has taken to teaching writing to aspiring (if not necessarily talented) would-be writers, and thus meets simpleton Owen Lift ([=DeVito=]). Larry is wracked with jealous rage over his ex-wife Margaret, who became a world-famous author after stealing his book and publishing it as her own. Owen, meanwhile, fantasizes about offing [[MyBelovedSmother his abusive Momma.]] After being instructed by Larry [[StrangersOnATrainPlotMurder to see some Hitchcock films]] to help him learn how to write murder mysteries, Owen comes to believe Larry was secretly sending him a message to exchange murders after watching ''Film/StrangersOnATrain'': Owen is to kill Margaret, and Larry is to kill Owen's monstrous mother. Larry becomes entwined with the idiot "couch potato" when he goes on the lam from being a major suspect in Margaret's murder, since Owen failed to tell him of his intent and didn't allow Larry to create an alibi.

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''Throw Momma From the Train'' is a 1987 BlackComedy directed by DannyDeVito. Creator/DannyDeVito, who stars along with Creator/BillyCrystal.

Writer Larry Donner (BillyCrystal), (Crystal), suffering from severe writer's block, has taken to teaching writing to aspiring (if not necessarily talented) would-be writers, and thus meets simpleton Owen Lift ([=DeVito=]). Larry is wracked with jealous rage over his ex-wife Margaret, Margaret (Kate Mulgrew), who became a world-famous author after stealing his book and publishing it as her own. Owen, meanwhile, fantasizes about offing [[MyBelovedSmother his abusive Momma.]] Momma]] (Anne Ramsey). After being instructed by Larry [[StrangersOnATrainPlotMurder to see some Hitchcock films]] to help him learn how to write murder mysteries, Owen comes to believe Larry was secretly sending him a message to exchange murders after watching ''Film/StrangersOnATrain'': Owen is to kill Margaret, and Larry is to kill Owen's monstrous mother. Larry becomes entwined with the idiot "couch potato" when he goes on the lam from being a major suspect in Margaret's murder, since Owen failed to tell him of his intent and didn't allow Larry to create an alibi.
20th Apr '16 5:25:13 AM Medinoc
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** Then again, [[spoiler:her success may not last; she seems intent on milking the book for all it's worth, ie. benefiting from the film rights, but it's tough to follow an act that wasn't yours in the first place, and now that Larry's found success he would have an easier time proving she stole his work.]] Adding to that, even if [[spoiler:Larry wasn't successful in writing a new book, Margaret's plan still has 2 fatal flaws in it. 1: She's blowing through the money faster then you could say "bankruptcy", without a plan to make more once the hype of "her" book dies down. And 2: She keeps constantly saying in interviews that she not only has an ex-husband who was also a writer, but one in the same genre who has been published before, meaning sooner or later people are going to read Larry's work and find out they're a little too similar. It's not even wishful thinking to conclude that Margaret's only a KarmaHoudini because of where the movie ended.]]

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** Then again, [[spoiler:her success may not last; she seems intent on milking the book for all it's worth, ie. benefiting from the film rights, but it's tough to follow an act that wasn't yours in the first place, and now that Larry's found success he would have an easier time proving she stole his work.]] Adding to that, even if [[spoiler:Larry wasn't weren't successful in writing a new book, Margaret's plan still has 2 fatal flaws in it. 1: She's blowing through the money faster then than you could say "bankruptcy", without a plan to make more once the hype of "her" book dies down. And 2: She keeps constantly saying in interviews that she not only has an ex-husband who was also a writer, but one in the same genre who has been published before, meaning sooner or later people are going to read Larry's work and find out they're a little too similar. It's not even wishful thinking to conclude that Margaret's only a KarmaHoudini because of where the movie ended.]]
20th Apr '16 12:01:25 AM bjex
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''Throw Momma From the Train'' is a 1987 BlackComedy directed by DannyDeVito. Writer Larry Donner (BillyCrystal), suffering from severe writer's block, has taken to teaching writing to aspiring (if not necessarily talented) would-be writers, and thus meets simpleton Owen Lift ([=DeVito=]). Larry is wracked with jealous rage over his ex-wife Margaret, who became a world-famous author after stealing his book and publishing it as her own. Owen, meanwhile, fantasizes about offing [[MyBelovedSmother his abusive Momma.]] After being instructed by Larry [[StrangersOnATrainPlotMurder to see some Hitchcock films]] to help him learn how to write murder mysteries, Owen comes to believe Larry was secretly sending him a message to exchange murders after he chooses ''Film/StrangersOnATrain'': Owen is to kill Margaret, and Larry is to kill Owen's monstrous mother. Larry becomes entwined with the idiot "couch potato" when he goes on the lam from being a major suspect in Margaret's murder, since Owen failed to tell him of his intent and didn't allow Larry to create an alibi.

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''Throw Momma From the Train'' is a 1987 BlackComedy directed by DannyDeVito. Writer Larry Donner (BillyCrystal), suffering from severe writer's block, has taken to teaching writing to aspiring (if not necessarily talented) would-be writers, and thus meets simpleton Owen Lift ([=DeVito=]). Larry is wracked with jealous rage over his ex-wife Margaret, who became a world-famous author after stealing his book and publishing it as her own. Owen, meanwhile, fantasizes about offing [[MyBelovedSmother his abusive Momma.]] After being instructed by Larry [[StrangersOnATrainPlotMurder to see some Hitchcock films]] to help him learn how to write murder mysteries, Owen comes to believe Larry was secretly sending him a message to exchange murders after he chooses watching ''Film/StrangersOnATrain'': Owen is to kill Margaret, and Larry is to kill Owen's monstrous mother. Larry becomes entwined with the idiot "couch potato" when he goes on the lam from being a major suspect in Margaret's murder, since Owen failed to tell him of his intent and didn't allow Larry to create an alibi.
19th Apr '16 11:41:41 PM bjex
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''Throw Momma From the Train'' is a 1987 BlackComedy directed by DannyDeVito. Writer Larry Donner (BillyCrystal), suffering from severe writer's block, meets writing student and simpleton Owen Lift ([=DeVito=]). Larry is wracked with jealous rage over his ex-wife Margaret, who became a world-famous author after stealing his book and publishing it as her own. Owen, after being instructed by Larry [[StrangersOnATrainPlotMurder to see some Hitchcock films]] to help him learn how to write murder mysteries, comes to believe Larry was secretly sending him a message to exchange murders after he chooses ''Film/StrangersOnATrain'': Owen is to kill Margaret, and Larry is to kill Owen's monstrous mother. Larry becomes entwined with the idiot "couch potato" when he goes on the lam from being a major suspect in Margaret's murder, since Owen failed to tell him of his intent and didn't allow Larry to create an alibi.

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''Throw Momma From the Train'' is a 1987 BlackComedy directed by DannyDeVito. Writer Larry Donner (BillyCrystal), suffering from severe writer's block, meets has taken to teaching writing student to aspiring (if not necessarily talented) would-be writers, and thus meets simpleton Owen Lift ([=DeVito=]). Larry is wracked with jealous rage over his ex-wife Margaret, who became a world-famous author after stealing his book and publishing it as her own. Owen, after meanwhile, fantasizes about offing [[MyBelovedSmother his abusive Momma.]] After being instructed by Larry [[StrangersOnATrainPlotMurder to see some Hitchcock films]] to help him learn how to write murder mysteries, Owen comes to believe Larry was secretly sending him a message to exchange murders after he chooses ''Film/StrangersOnATrain'': Owen is to kill Margaret, and Larry is to kill Owen's monstrous mother. Larry becomes entwined with the idiot "couch potato" when he goes on the lam from being a major suspect in Margaret's murder, since Owen failed to tell him of his intent and didn't allow Larry to create an alibi.
19th Apr '16 11:33:55 PM bjex
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''Throw Momma From the Train'' is a 1987 BlackComedy directed by DannyDeVito in which writer Larry Donner, suffering from severe writer's block, meets writing student and simpleton Owen Lift. Larry is wracked with jealous rage over his ex-wife Margaret, who stole his book and with it, became a world-famous author. Owen, after being instructed by Larry [[StrangersOnATrainPlotMurder to see some Hitchcock films]] to help him learn how to write murder mysteries, thinks Larry was sending him a message to exchange murders after he chooses ''Film/StrangersOnATrain'': Owen is to kill Margaret, and Larry is to kill Owen's monstrous mother. Larry becomes entwined with the idiot "couch potato" as he is on the lam from being a major suspect in Margaret's murder, since Owen failed to tell him of his intent and didn't allow Larry to create an alibi.

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''Throw Momma From the Train'' is a 1987 BlackComedy directed by DannyDeVito in which writer DannyDeVito. Writer Larry Donner, Donner (BillyCrystal), suffering from severe writer's block, meets writing student and simpleton Owen Lift. Lift ([=DeVito=]). Larry is wracked with jealous rage over his ex-wife Margaret, who stole his book and with it, became a world-famous author. author after stealing his book and publishing it as her own. Owen, after being instructed by Larry [[StrangersOnATrainPlotMurder to see some Hitchcock films]] to help him learn how to write murder mysteries, thinks comes to believe Larry was secretly sending him a message to exchange murders after he chooses ''Film/StrangersOnATrain'': Owen is to kill Margaret, and Larry is to kill Owen's monstrous mother. Larry becomes entwined with the idiot "couch potato" as when he is goes on the lam from being a major suspect in Margaret's murder, since Owen failed to tell him of his intent and didn't allow Larry to create an alibi.
17th Apr '16 5:45:48 AM Eggy0
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* SeniorCreep: Momma, whom Owen wants to kill for this very reason. She even provides the page image.
25th Mar '16 10:03:54 PM JohnnyLurg
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* {{Jerkass}}: Momma.

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* {{Jerkass}}: Momma.Momma and Margaret.
24th Mar '16 8:59:11 PM JohnnyLurg
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''Throw Momma From the Train'' is a 1987 BlackComedy directed by [=Danny DeVito=] in which writer Larry Donner, suffering from severe writer's block, meets writing student and simpleton Owen Lift. Larry is wracked with jealous rage over his ex-wife Margaret, who stole his book and with it, became a world-famous author. Owen, after being instructed by Larry [[StrangersOnATrainPlotMurder to see some Hitchcock films]] to help him learn how to write murder mysteries, thinks Larry was sending him a message to exchange murders after he chooses ''Film/StrangersOnATrain'': Owen is to kill Margaret, and Larry is to kill Owen's monstrous mother. Larry becomes entwined with the idiot "couch potato" as he is on the lam from being a major suspect in Margaret's murder, since Owen failed to tell him of his intent and didn't allow Larry to create an alibi.

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''Throw Momma From the Train'' is a 1987 BlackComedy directed by [=Danny DeVito=] DannyDeVito in which writer Larry Donner, suffering from severe writer's block, meets writing student and simpleton Owen Lift. Larry is wracked with jealous rage over his ex-wife Margaret, who stole his book and with it, became a world-famous author. Owen, after being instructed by Larry [[StrangersOnATrainPlotMurder to see some Hitchcock films]] to help him learn how to write murder mysteries, thinks Larry was sending him a message to exchange murders after he chooses ''Film/StrangersOnATrain'': Owen is to kill Margaret, and Larry is to kill Owen's monstrous mother. Larry becomes entwined with the idiot "couch potato" as he is on the lam from being a major suspect in Margaret's murder, since Owen failed to tell him of his intent and didn't allow Larry to create an alibi.
13th Mar '16 7:51:53 AM AnotherGuy
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* ComicallyMissingThePoint: And how. Owen gets the wrong message when Larry tells him to go see a Hitchcock movie.

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* ComicallyMissingThePoint: And how. Owen gets the wrong message when Larry tells him to go see a Hitchcock movie. In fact, the first thing Owen says when Larry suggests it is to brightly ask like a happy puppy, "You wanna go to the movies with me?"
13th Mar '16 7:45:40 AM AnotherGuy
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* AwLookTheyReallyDoLoveEachOther: Despite being MyBelovedSmother, Momma really does love Owen. For example, when Owen manages to clear her ear canal (after fantasizing about shoving a pair of scissors through her brain, of course), she coos, "Owen! My little baby! My little baby!" During the final sequence, Owen decides he doesn't want Larry to kill her. It's never outright stated in the film, but Momma may be suffering severe dementia, and Owen - who isn't the brightest bulb in the box - is struggling to cope with it.
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