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Throw Momma From the Train (1987)

Danny DeVito , Billy Crystal , Danny DeVito  |  PG-13 |  DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Danny DeVito, Billy Crystal, Kim Greist, Anne Ramsey, Kate Mulgrew
  • Directors: Danny DeVito
  • Writers: Stu Silver
  • Producers: Arne Schmidt, J. Marina Muhlfriedel, Kristine Johnson, Larry Brezner
  • Format: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Subtitles: Spanish, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: MGM (Video & DVD)
  • DVD Release Date: May 8, 2001
  • Run Time: 88 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000059TFR
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #119,391 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Throw Momma From the Train" on IMDb

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Editorial Reviews

Two friends agree to kill the pesky woman in each other's life.
Genre: Feature Film-Comedy
Rating: PG13
Release Date: 30-JUL-2002
Media Type: DVD

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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
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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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars What a Momma! November 18, 2004
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 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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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely hilarious October 21, 2003
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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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Momma Is A Potty-Mouth June 5, 2009
Anne Ramsey is a hoot as the brutal old lady whom Danny DeVito wants to "throw off the train." She is truly a unique character. The black humor in here and the classic film references are always fun to hear. The story moves fast with no real lulls, so the hour-and-a-half flies by.

I was sorry to hear Ramsey use the Lord's name in vain abouty a half dozen times while Crystal and Geiest exclaim way too many OMGs. Otherwise, with all the references, audibly and visually, to Alfred Hitchcock films - especially "Starngers On A Train" - it is always fun for a classic film buff to enjoy.
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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
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 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 21 days 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 1 month ago by Animal Whisperer
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice price for a classic movie
This is our whole family's best funny movie ever. Have never been able to find it on DVD or anywhere else for many years. Read more
Published 2 months ago by JenSteve
4.0 out of 5 stars Momma
Some parts of this movie are so funny you need to wear Depends! Especially if you can relate to it! And I think most of us can.
Published 2 months ago by Carol Stevenson
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed
I am very disappointed when my grandson tried to watch the tape it was distorted its not watchable static galore when watching it.
Published 3 months ago by antoinette caver
4.0 out of 5 stars Classic movie still classic.
This is an oldie but goodie I couldn't pass up. It was priced cheaply, so I jumped on it. It played flawlessly and I had a lot of laughs.
Published 3 months ago by Roy Goodwin
5.0 out of 5 stars funny
I gave this as a gift to my 85yr old mother-in-law an she loves it...............................So she gives it a 5 star
Published 4 months ago by Leslie Scott
5.0 out of 5 stars awesome movie!
Loved it,. Too funny. Good actors!I had seen it. Before, and I could watch it, again and again! Good comedy.
Published 6 months ago by green eyes
4.0 out of 5 stars Funny ...
This is a good escape movie ... it is entertaining and funny. I remembered seeing it at the theater and wanted to add it to my collection.
Published 6 months ago by Sister Benedicta
5.0 out of 5 stars Off their track
How wonderful when the lost find one another...and we have fun along the way.
I purchased this oldie because it is a treasure!
Published 7 months ago by Joyloraine Wilson
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