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Throw Momma From the Train [Blu-ray] (1987)

 PG-13 |  Blu-ray
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (76 customer reviews)

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  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, DTS Surround Sound, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Surround), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), Spanish (Mono)
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Dubbed: English, French, Spanish
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Fox Searchlight
  • DVD Release Date: February 7, 2012
  • Run Time: 88 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (76 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005MQZ0PM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #124,662 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Funnymen Danny DeVito and Billy Crystal are "hilarious," and Anne Ramsey is "hysterically frightful" (The Hollywood Reporter ) in this "wickedly screwball" (Playboy ) laugh riot that was Nominated* for two Golden Globesrand an Oscarr. With Rob Reiner and Oprah Winfrey on board for cameos, this hilariously dark comedy is just the ticket to "make you laugh" (Newsweek ). Long-suffering momma's boy Owen (DeVito) has a mother (Ramsey) who's a cross between Quasimodo and the Wicked Witch. Owen's friend Larry (Crystal) has female problems of his own: an ex-wife who stole his novel and made it a bestseller. Can these hapless males help "eliminate" each other's problems? Get ready for some of the funniest foul play on film when DeVito, Crystal and Ramsey put this laugh-a-minute comedy on track!

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally added this classic to my DVD collection October 16, 2004
Format:DVD
Really, how can you go wrong? Billy Crystal and Danny Devito in their primes. I still hear the old lady's voice in my head whenever I hear the name Owen. This movie is hysterical, both in situational and physical comedy. Devito and Crystal made a good team, it would have been nice to see them work on another film together. Owen's mother is played by the same woman who played Mama Fratelli in the Goonies. A great character actress, she makes you hate her as soon as she makes her entrance. Devito is wonderful in his portrayal of an immature man who stills lives with his mother and can't seem to stand up on his own. Crystal plays one of his classic type roles, similar to the Albert Brooks characters, the whiny and frustrated average Joe. A very fun dark comedy, one that every comedy fan should own.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars What a Momma! November 18, 2004
Format:DVD
Despite the dark story that lurks behind the comedy in this film it is entirely entertaining from beginning to end.

Larry (Billy Crystal) is a creative writing teacher with a class full of inept writers. He is divorced from a woman (Kate Mulgrew) who has taken his novel and "written" it herself and is now receiving all the glory. Larry is stewing. One of Larry's students, Owen (Danny DeVito), becomes obsessed with a murder mystery he is working on and he follows Larry around hoping for a moment of his attention. Owen has issues....his Momma (Anne Ramsey). The fun begins with a mistaken clue being taken by Owen to mean that he and Larry should criss-cross their anger and murder one another's nemesis and it all leads to a completely amusing journey into the dark part of a suffering mind.

Danny DeVito is the king of black comedy and here he stars and directs with a talented ability to find humor in the darkest desires. Along with Billy Crystal they complete a madcap comedy duo in search of some relief from those who taunt their insecurities. The stand out talent in this film is of course Anne Ramsey, who as Momma, will make you roar with laughter....you stupid poop! For you writers out there this movie takes a great look at the inevitable block that stares us in the face every now and then. Get ready to laugh and store this classic close at hand to re-watch time and again when your own heart feels a little heavy and you need a dose of Momma to ease the pain.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely hilarious October 21, 2003
Format:VHS Tape
Absolutely hilarious from the beginning to the end! Billy Crystal plays a creative writing instructor who has writer's block. He also has an ex-wife who has just published a best seller. His best seller. He is frustrated with the writer's block, furious with his ex-wife for stealing his book and being driven insane by the pathetic stories coming through his creative writers class (i.e. 40 yards of Nawgahide and a Dream - the story of an upholsterer).
Danny DeVitto is a slow witted man in about his late thirties or early forties living with his mother who is always yelling at him and being generally disgusting. He is aspiring to be a writer and is taking Crystal's college class. When Crystal tries to explain motive to DeVitto by sending him to see a Hitchcock Film, he sets loose an imaginative and resourceful streak in DeVitto, who gets from the Hitchcock film (Strangers on a Train) that Crystal has offered to set up a reciprocal killing - Crystal would kill his mother if DeVitto killed his wife.
Without realizing what DeVitto is thinking and without having an opportunity to explain the concept of an alibi, Crystal's life is turned upside down as he is put on the run from the law and the only one he can turn to is DeVitto - who expects him to kill his mother.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The night was . . . February 21, 2006
Format:DVD
I gotta tell ya, everything that happens in this movie that is associated with writer's block is absolutely true. It's very hard to begin a novel. At the begining of the movie, larry, who is billy crystal, is driving himself mad trying to write his next book. I'm ashamed to say that I've done the exact same things that he's done in the one opening scene. As for the rest of the movie; it is hysterical. Danny devito purposely used a sort of dark humor hicthcock style for this film. I also love the personalities of the two characters. Larry is the hyperactive, struggling writer who wants to be brilliant and owen is the dopey, bumbling, low-brow writer who wants to be brilliant. Every line in this movie is pure gold, I tell ya. If you really want to buy this movie, I say just do it. You'll have sympathy for writers and you'll also see a ecentric comedy that delivers on all the goods. Enjoy, fellow movie buffs!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Black comedy at its finest... February 25, 2009
Format:DVD
I didn't expect to really like this movie all that much. At times I find DeVito to be rather over-the-top, and not in a good way. I also am not a biggest fan of Billy Crystal either. I actually find him rather dull a lot of the times (aside from his stellar work in `When Harry Met Sally'). Really, I'm not sure why I truly wanted to see this movie. Knowing that it was inspired by the Hitchcock film `Strangers on a Train' was incentive I guess, but since my personal opinion of that movie has lowered since seeing it I guess really the only reason I sat down to watch this comedy was that it has been lauded as truly worth the time.

Yes, `Throw Momma from the Train' is supposed to be really funny.

So, it's safe to say I wasn't expecting much. I think at times that is the best way to walk into a film; without high expectations. That way, when the film bombs at your feet you're not left disappointed. It also works the other way, because when the film excels you are truly surprised and very appreciative.

I think you can tell by the five-star review that this movie excelled, at least for me.

Larry is a Writing Teacher who is tormented by his ex-wife who has stolen his novel and published it as her own. She is ruining his life, his career, his name and he cannot take it anymore, despite pleas from his current girlfriend to just let it go. One of his students, the not so bright Owen, has a similar problem; his mother. She is overbearing, condescending and just plain gross. She is ruining his life and he cannot take it anymore. That's when Owen proposes a solution, an absurd solution, that Larry wants nothing to do with.

But Owen takes it upon himself to set his plan in motion.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars but funny, classic
Cheesy, but funny, classic.
Published 10 days ago by M&M
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Movie Necessary for Your Collection!
A great classic movie! It was a "must-have" for my collection. The Blu-ray quality is really great!
Published 19 days ago by Pamela Postiglione
5.0 out of 5 stars Great family comedy
A classic! Great family comedy. You'll love Momma!
Published 1 month ago by CT
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
One of my fav movies
Published 1 month ago by Frank Holmes Cox III
5.0 out of 5 stars Just as hysterical as I remember from years ago.
This is classic DeVito at his best. We all know the story plot so the only other thing to talk about is the quality of the disk. Read more
Published 3 months ago by kevin
5.0 out of 5 stars too funny
I suppose it depends on the person, but I found this movie hilarious! An absolute must watch classic! The acting is very good and the interaction between the three was wonderful.
Published 4 months ago by John
1.0 out of 5 stars Movie
Not sure why I bought this film. Danny Devito and Billy Crystal, you got to love. But this film went into the trash after watching, saving the next poor sole of misery.
Published 4 months ago by John H. James
4.0 out of 5 stars A funny movie for the whole family
Where as it's true that I like both actors. Danny DeVito, and Billy Crystal, BOTH together made this movie a film you will want to watch over and over. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars One Very Funny Movie
Hilarious movie starring Danny Devito and Billy Crystal about two writers/authors who get into madcap situations all the while dreaming about how to kill Devito's mother, an old... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Mark J. House
5.0 out of 5 stars Too funny for words.
Seen this movie a few times over the last 26 years and bought this one for friends to laugh over. Give yourself a break from stress and laugh your stress away with this dvd.
Published 6 months ago by Animal Whisperer
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