Throw Momma from the Train

Throw Momma from the Train

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Cast: Billy Crystal, Anne Ramsey, Kim Greist

     
 

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Throw Momma From the Train, Danny Devito's darkly comic retelling of Hitchcock's Strangers on a Train, comes to DVD with a widescreen anamorphic transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1. English and French soundtracks are rendered in Dolby Digital Surround, while a Spanish soundtrack has been recorded in Dolby Digital Mono.…  See more details below

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Throw Momma From the Train, Danny Devito's darkly comic retelling of Hitchcock's Strangers on a Train, comes to DVD with a widescreen anamorphic transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1. English and French soundtracks are rendered in Dolby Digital Surround, while a Spanish soundtrack has been recorded in Dolby Digital Mono. Spanish and French subtitles are accessible, and the English soundtrack is closed captioned. Supplemental materials include deleted scenes and the original theatrical trailer. This is a solid if bare-bones release from MGM/UA.

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Director Danny DeVito guides this black comedy with a demented oddball vision and also turns in a magnificently eccentric performance as the diminutive schnook, Owen. The film itself is a sickly hilarious Keystone capers-style comedy punctuated by some great acting and dialogue. Billy Crystal gives a nice performance in the lead, but it is the late Anne Ramsey as the ghoulish Momma who makes your skin crawl even as you howl with laughter. The story borrows its favor-for-a-favor murder premise from Alfred Hitchcock's Strangers on a Train, and then spins it into a slapstick riot. Filled with great gags and such classic knee-slapping one-liners as (when DeVito is trying to persuade Crystal to kill Momma) "Well, at least meet her, maybe she'd be someone you'd like to kill." This is well-written, funny stuff, making this film one of the better comedies of the late 20th century.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/08/2001
UPC:
0027616861023
Original Release:
1987
Rating:
PG13
Source:
Mgm (Video & Dvd)
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Time:
1:28:00

Special Features

Deleted scenes; Original theatrical trailer

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Danny DeVito Owen Lift
Billy Crystal Larry Donner
Anne Ramsey Momma
Kim Greist Beth
Kate Mulgrew Margaret, Larry's Ex-Wife
Branford Marsalis Lester
Annie Ross Mrs. Hazeltine
Rob Reiner Joel
Bruce Kirby Detective DeBenedetto
Oprah Winfrey Herself
Joey de Pinto Sergeant
Raye Birk Pinsky
Olivia Brown Ms. Gladstone
Philip Perlman Mr. Perlman
Stu Silver Ramon
Randall Miller Bucky
Andre Rosey Brown Rosey
Larry McCormick Announcer
Peter Brocco Old Man
Hettie Lynne Hurtes Reporter

Technical Credits
Danny DeVito Director
Larry Brezner Producer
Ken Chase Makeup
William Elliott Art Director
M. Todd Henry Camera Operator
Michael Jablow Editor
Kristine Johnson Co-producer
Anne McCulley Set Decoration/Design
Joe Napolitano Asst. Director
Charles James Newirth Production Manager
David Newman Score Composer
Ida Random Production Designer
Robert R. Rutledge Sound/Sound Designer
Arne Schmidt Executive Producer
Stu Silver Screenwriter
Barry Sonnenfeld Cinematographer
Marilyn Vance Costumes/Costume Designer

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Scene Selections
1. Title/Writer's Block [5:58]
2. A Soda For Momma [2:09]
3. Writing Rules [4:52]
4. "The Night Was..." [3:15]
5. A Public Passion [3:22]
6. Writer's On A Train [9:15]
7. A Perfect Murder [6:26]
8. "It's Done" [6:14]
9. Conditional Confession [7:14]
10. Cousin Paddy [6:29]
11. The Fugitive [4:55]
12. The Tea Cop [4:06]
13. Plan B [5:59]
14. Sultry On The Trail [5:47]
15. Once And For All [6:47]
16. Cryptic Endings/Credits [4:32]

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Throw Momma from the Train 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Shula More than 1 year ago
Highly entertaining, one of those outrageously ridiculous and original plots that actually works well, great performances by all, interesting to see Kate Mulgrew playing the role of the ex-wife (a new one for her)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago