Ruthless People is a 1986 American black comedy film written by Dale Launer, directed by David Zucker, Jim Abrahams, and Jerry Zucker, and starring Danny DeVito, Bette Midler, Judge Reinhold, Anita Morris, and Helen Slater, with Bill Pullman in a supporting role in his film debut.
Millionaire Sam Stone (Danny DeVito) hates his wife Barbara (Bette Midler). He plans on murdering her to gain control of her $15 million family fortune and run off with his mistress Carol (Anita Morris). He goes home to murder his wife, but he can't find her. The phone rings and an anonymous man tells him that Barbara has been kidnapped and if Sam informs the media or the police, or if any of their detailed demands are not met, they will kill his wife.
|director||David Zucker Jerry Zucker Jim Abrahams|
|keywords||arrest birthday present capture chloroform end fashion design happen hear held captive hollywood hills kidnap kill mistress on the beach plan police chief police search prostitute revenge plot santa monica pier steal think video camera video store want weight loss|
|productionCompany||Silver Screen Partners Touchstone Pictures|
|publisher||Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures|
|theme||black comedy crime comedy serial killer|