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Ruthless People
     

Ruthless People

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Director: Jim Abrahams, Jerry Zucker, David Zucker, Danny DeVito

Cast: Jim Abrahams, Jerry Zucker, David Zucker, Danny DeVito

 

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The irreverent comedy Ruthless People comes to DVD with a widescreen transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1. The English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Surround. There are no subtitles, but the soundtrack is closed captioned. There are no supplemental materials of any consequence, which is something of a disappointment

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The irreverent comedy Ruthless People comes to DVD with a widescreen transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1. The English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Surround. There are no subtitles, but the soundtrack is closed captioned. There are no supplemental materials of any consequence, which is something of a disappointment when one considers how entertaining Jim Abrahams, David Zucker, and Jerry Zucker's commentaries on Airplane and Kentucky Fried Movie are. This is a decent presentation of the film.

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Directed by the same people responsible for Airplane! (1980) and Top Secret! (1985) -- Jerry Zucker, Jim Abrahams, and David Zucker -- Ruthless People is a decidedly different effort from the team's trademark gag-a-minute movies. Screenwriter Dale Launer came up with a snappy, low-brow comic farce based on the O. Henry story Ransom of Red Chief, in the process giving the Zucker-Abrahams-Zucker trio one of their most cohesive, consistent efforts. The solid casting is highlighted by Bill Pullman's debut performance as an inept petty criminal and Danny DeVito's hilariously spiteful millionaire husband. DeVito is one of the rare actors who can remain charming even when he's being nasty; his frustrations at not being able to get rid of his wife are show-stopping.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/02/2002
UPC:
0717951005106
Original Release:
1986
Rating:
R
Source:
Walt Disney Video
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Surround]
Time:
1:30:00
Sales rank:
5,877

Special Features

Dolby Digital surround sound; Widescreen (1.85:1)

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Danny DeVito Sam Stone
Bette Midler Barbara Stone
Judge Reinhold Ken Kessler
Helen Slater Sandy Kessler
Anita Morris Carol
Bill Pullman Earl Mott
William G. Schilling Police Commissioner
Art Evans Lt. Bender
Clarence Felder Lt. Walters
J.E. Freeman Bedroom Killer
Jonathan Coleman Actor
Gary Riley Heavy Metal Kid
Phyllis Applegate Loan Officer
Jeannine Bisignano Hooker in Car
J.P. Bumstead Technician
Jon Cutler Stereo Store Customer
Susan Marie Snyder Stereo Store Customer
Jim Doughan Cop at Sam's House
Christopher Keene Cop at Jail
Arnold Turner Cop with Killer Picture
Bob Tzudiker Sam's Attorney
Louise Yaffe Social Worker
Janet Rotblatt Secretary to Chief of Police
Charlotte Zucker Judge
Arturo Bonilla Waiter
Frank Sivero The Mugger
Twyla Littleton Model

Technical Credits
Jim Abrahams Director
Jerry Zucker Director
David Zucker Director,Screenwriter
Arthur Schmidt Editor
Ellen Chenoweth Casting
Michel Colombier Score Composer
Sally Cruickshank Animator
Jan de Bont Cinematographer
Gib Jaffe Editor
Lilly Kilvert Production Designer
Dale Launer Screenwriter
Rosanna Norton Costumes/Costume Designer
Michael Peyser Producer
Jim Teegarden Set Decoration/Design
Richard Wagner Producer
Don Woodruff Art Director
Frederick Zollo Producer

Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Chapter Selection
1. Opening Titles/The Plan [8:38]
2. The Ruthless Get Rich [5:06]
3. Perfect! [9:26]
4. The Drop [9:40]
5. Birthday Wish [10:50]
6. She's Still Alive [4:40]
7. The Setup [4:40]
8. Making the Sale [2:27]
9. Gotta Get Her Back [3:30]
10. She Really Was Kidnapped [11:40]
11. Time to Pay Up [6:56]
12. She's Back/End Credits [10:21]

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5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Kani More than 1 year ago
The chemistry between Danny Devito & Bette Midler was GREAT!!!! This is one of my all-time favorites. I love the ending. You laugh from beginning to the end.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Danny DeVito and Bette Midler are excellent in comedy that gets you laughing from the very start. Lots of laughs throughout. Ms. Midler proves she can ACT, her performance is most entertaining. She is not only an accomplished vocalist, she is a very funny actress too. Judge Rheinhold plays a good straight man. This was in the beginning of his career and probably gave way to his part in Beverly Hills Cop.
dmgelly More than 1 year ago
Hilarious romp with wonderful performances by Danny De Vito, Bette Midler and Judge Reinhold. A must for all DVD libraries.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Guest More than 1 year ago
Oh my what a funny movie! I like when she goes Ive been kidnapped by K mart!