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Throw Momma From the Train

PG-13 Released Dec 11, 1987 1h 26m Comedy List
64% Tomatometer 36 Reviews 54% Audience Score 25,000+ Ratings Larry (Billy Crystal), an author with a cruel ex-wife, Margaret (Kate Mulgrew), teaches a writing workshop where Owen (Danny DeVito), one of his students, is fed up with his domineering mother (Anne Ramsey). When Owen watches a Hitchcock classic that seems to mirror his own life, he decides to put the movie's plot into action and offers to kill Margaret, if Larry promises to murder his mom. Before Larry gets a chance to react to the plan, it seems that Owen has already sealed Margaret's fate. Read More Read Less Watch on Fandango at Home Buy Now

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Danny DeVito's direction is too broad to offer the kind of nastiness that would have made Throw Momma from the Train truly special, but DeVito's on-screen chemistry with co-star Billy Crystal makes this a smoothly entertaining comedy.

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Variety Staff Variety Very clever and engaging from beginning to end, pic builds on the notion that nearly everyone - at least once in life - has the desire to snuff out a relative or nemesis, even if 99.9% of us let the urge pass without ever acting on it. Mar 26, 2009 Full Review Geoff Andrew Time Out If it all gets a little soft-centred towards the end, there's more than enough vitality and invention to be going on with. Jun 24, 2006 Full Review Janet Maslin New York Times Mr. Crystal and Mr. DeVito ... make one of the oddest pairs imaginable but have a rapport that's a delight. May 20, 2003 Full Review Rene Jordan El Nuevo Herald (Miami) Demonstrates more talent laughing at Hitchcock than Mel Brooks in High Society… [Full review in Spanish] Jun 14, 2022 Full Review Richard Freedman Newhouse News Service Throw Momma from the Train is a comic triumph for all involved. Rated: 3.5/4 Nov 15, 2019 Full Review Cathy Burke United Press International Danny DeVito directs and stars in this funny, offbeat homage to Alfred Hitchcock thrillers, but it's co-star Billy Crystal who brings all the elements together Nov 8, 2016 Full Review Read all reviews

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mark g Surprised by the lukewarm to negative feedback on this film. Thought it was fresh and well directed. Plenty of laugh out loud scenes. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 06/24/24 Full Review Dinos K Well, movie is funny. Not perfect but it make me laught and de vito is great comedian Rated 3 out of 5 stars 04/14/24 Full Review Vander A A rollicking good time of a movie. Just silly enough to be adorable. Watch it when you can't handle anything heavy. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 01/17/24 Full Review nick s The movie had a great cast and could have delivered a lot more. It just seemed to fall short, with few memorable moments. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 11/15/23 Full Review Teddy B While DEFINITELY not perfect, Danny Devito's 'Throw Momma from the Train' manages to still capture what is most prominently unique about his features: the villainy in humanity and the prospect of looming death or ruination. Also, any cinematography by Barry Sonnenfeld is a welcoming aspect. This film will not please everybody, but those who see it and embrace it will find it to be a good enough time. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 08/27/23 Full Review Patrick S I only made it about a third of the way through. It's grating and terribly unfunny. Awful. Rated 0.5 out of 5 stars 06/10/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Throw Momma From the Train

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Synopsis Larry (Billy Crystal), an author with a cruel ex-wife, Margaret (Kate Mulgrew), teaches a writing workshop where Owen (Danny DeVito), one of his students, is fed up with his domineering mother (Anne Ramsey). When Owen watches a Hitchcock classic that seems to mirror his own life, he decides to put the movie's plot into action and offers to kill Margaret, if Larry promises to murder his mom. Before Larry gets a chance to react to the plan, it seems that Owen has already sealed Margaret's fate.
Director
Danny DeVito
Producer
Larry Brezner
Screenwriter
Stu Silver
Distributor
Orion Pictures, MGM/UA Home Entertainment Inc.
Production Co
Orion Pictures
Rating
PG-13
Genre
Comedy
Original Language
English
Release Date (Theaters)
Dec 11, 1987, Original
Release Date (Streaming)
Nov 21, 2010
Box Office (Gross USA)
$54.4M
Runtime
1h 26m
Sound Mix
Surround
Aspect Ratio
Flat (1.85:1)
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