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||IMDB Rating: 6.2/10 from 25,796 votes
||Release: 14 July 1988 (Netherlands) /
||Genre: Action, Comedy, Crime
||Director: Danny DeVito,
||Stars: Anne Ramsey, Annie Ross, Billy Crystal, Branford Marsalis, Bruce Kirby, Danny DeVito, Joey DePinto, Kate Mulgrew, Kim Greist, Olivia Brown, Oprah Winfrey, Philip Perlman, Raye Birk, Rob Reiner, Stu Silver
||Synopsis: Larry Donner is an author and writing professor who tutors people that want to write books. Larry's life has become a misery when his ex-wife Margaret has published a book he wrote under her name and has gotten rich over it. Owen Lift, one of Larry's students, offers Larry to kill Margaret, and in return Owen, wants Larry to kill his horrible mother. Larry thinks it's a joke, until he learns Owen killed his ex-wife. And Larry has now become the prime suspect. Written by Daniel Williamson
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Owen loves his Mamma...only he'd love her better six feet under in this
dark, laugh-out-loud comedy that both stars and is directed by Danny
DeVito, with admirable assists from Billy Crystal and Anne Ramsey in
the title role.
"Throw Momma From The Train" is a terrific comedy, even if it isn't a
great film. It's too shallow in parts, and the ending feels less
organic than tacked on. But it's a gut-splitting ride most of the way,
with Crystal and DeVito employing great screen chemistry while working
their own separate comic takes on the essence of being a struggling
writer (DeVito is avid but untalented; Crystal is blocked and bitter).
Crystal's Professor Donner believes his ex-wife stole his book (the
unfortunately titled "Hot Fire") and can't write more than the opening
line of his next book, which doesn't come easy. He teaches a creative
writing class of budding mediocrities, including a middle-aged woman
who writes Tom Clancy-type fiction but doesn't know what that thing is
the submarine captain speaks through; and an upholstery salesman who
wants to write the story of his life. Mr. Pinsky is probably the
funniest character for laughs-per-minutes-on-screen, an ascot-wearing
weirdo who sees literature as an excuse to write his opus: "100 Girls
I'd Like To Pork."
Then there's DeVito's Owen Lift, who calls himself Professor Donner's
"star pupil" even though the teacher won't read his work in class. Owen
is a somewhat unusual character to star in a movie, a man-child in his
late 30s who lives with his overbearing mother, Anne Ramsey, who calls
him "lardass" and other endearing sentiments. In any other movie, we'd
be asked to feel sorry for Owen, but "Throw Momma From The Train" piles
life's cruelties onto this sad sack for laughs and expects us to go
along. That's one big reason why this film probably loses a lot of
For those of us who enjoy the humor of this character, even identifying
with him, and take the rest of what we see here as a lark, it's not as
big a stretch to go along with the bigger gambit this comedy takes,
asking us to watch in amusement while Owen enlists Professor Donner's
help in a plan to kill his mother. Actually, he first goes to Hawaii to
kill Donner's hated ex, then tells the professor it's his turn to kill
Mrs. Lift, "swapping murders" as seen in Hitchcock's "Strangers On A
As a director, DeVito not only complements his actors' performances
with scene-setting that places the accent on dialogue, he makes some
bold visual statements, throwing in bits of amusing unreality to keep
the audience on its toes (and away from taking things too seriously.)
Also helping matters is writer Stu Silver, who keeps the laughs coming
with his quotable patter. "You got rats the size of Oldsmobiles here."
"She's not a woman...She's the Terminator." "One little murder and I'm
Jack the Ripper." Those are all Crystal's words, but some of the
funniest lines, which work only in context but absolutely kill, are
DeVito's and Ramsey's. Apparently Silver never wrote another screenplay
after this, according to the IMDb, and that's a shame, because he had
real talent for it.
The best scene in this movie, when Crystal meets Ramsey, was actually
used in its entirety as a theatrical 'coming attraction' presentation,
the only time I've seen a movie promoted that way. Owen introduces the
professor to his mother as 'Cousin Patty,' and when Momma says he
doesn't have a Cousin Patty, panicky Owen loses it. 'You lied to me,'
he yells out, slamming the professor's forehead with a pan.
Of course, in reality the professor wouldn't groan out something witty
from the floor, but 'Throw Momma From The Train' works effectively at
such moments, when playing its Looney Tunes vibe for all its worth.
DeVito hasn't disappeared from films, of course, but it's a mystery why
he hasn't really followed up on the directorial promise of this movie.
Maybe it's because, as 'Throw Momma From The Train's lack of mainstream
success shows, his kind of vision isn't to everyone's tastes. That's
too bad for those of us who can watch this over and over, and like it.
Tags for Throw Momma from the Train Full Movie
, Annie Ross
, Billy Crystal
, Branford Marsalis
, Bruce Kirby
, Danny DeVito
, Joey DePinto
, Kate Mulgrew
, Kim Greist
, Olivia Brown
, Oprah Winfrey
, Philip Perlman
, Raye Birk
, Rob Reiner
, Stu Silver
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