Ruthless People

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The 1986 movie Ruthless People was a black comedy that starred Danny DeVito, Bette Midler, Judge Reinhold and Helen Slater. It was directed by Jim Abrahams, David Zucker and Jerry Zucker.

Plot description

When Ken (Reinhold) and Sandy Kessler (Slater) find themselves in an untenable financial position, they hatch a desperate scheme to get rich by kidnapping Barbara Stone (Midler), the wife of businessman Sam Stone (DeVito). This scheme is motivated in no small part by the fact that Sam has stolen successful fashion designs from the couple and is thus largely responsible for their woes.

Things go astray, however, when it becomes obvious that the Sam is not only sick of his shrew of a wife but is overjoyed to find that he doesn't actually have to go through the trouble of murdering her - all he needs to do is not pay the ransom, and the kidnappers will do his dirty work for him. Unfortunately for him, the Kesslers, while desperate, are not about to murder anyone.

Trivia

"Weird Al" Yankovic recorded a parody of the movie's theme song. The parody, "Toothless People" was released on Weird Al's fourth album Polka Party! in December 1986.

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