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Ruthless People (1986)

Great cast and big hit for its time., Somewhat forgotten now - which is a shame, because it's probably one of the best comedies of the 80s.

by Anonymousreply 49May 14, 2024 5:06 AM

I've been kidnapped by Kmart.

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by Anonymousreply 1May 13, 2023 10:05 AM

Not forgotten by this queen. I love that trashy movie.


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by Anonymousreply 2May 13, 2023 10:09 AM

Love it.

My perfect Bette Midler movie marathon is Ruthless People, Outrageous Fortune, and Big Business.

by Anonymousreply 3May 13, 2023 10:29 AM

[quote]He said I looked like his mother. He hates his mother. So, if I look like his mother and you look like his father... this is what our son would look like. Pretty strong argument for birth control.

by Anonymousreply 4May 13, 2023 10:38 AM

Bette's film career was on a roll in the '80s. Though JINXED (1982) bombed big time early in the decade, after a few years, she had a string of back-to-back hits: DOWN AND OUT IN BEVERLY HILLS (1986), RUTHLESS PEOPLE (1986), OUTRAGEOUS FORTUNE (1987), BIG BUSINESS (1988), OLIVER & COMPATNY (1988), BEACHES (1988).

RUTHLESS PEOPLE was even among the Top 10 grossers of '86, and BEACHES spawned her a #1 hit single that won two Grammys.

Then in the '90s, she made stupid decisions like remaking STELLA DALLAS (1990), which flopped, and turning down SISTER ACT (#8 of '92). She surprisingly received an Oscar nomination and won the Golden Globe for FOR THE BOYS (1991), but that film was both a critical and commercial failure.

She did HOCUS POCUS (1993) because she kicked herself for having turned down SISTER ACT, but that film was a box office dud, too, though overtime it became a cult classic. It was idiotic to release the movie in theaters in mid-July.

She briefly rebounded with THE FIRST WIVES CLUB (1996), but that was her only hit of the decade.

by Anonymousreply 5May 13, 2023 10:49 AM

Her workout sequences in the basement in Ruthless People are comic gold. Doesn't a Billy Joel song play? "Modern Woman?"

by Anonymousreply 6May 13, 2023 10:52 AM

Allegedly, Suzanne Somers was asked to do Outrageous Fortune (according to her).

by Anonymousreply 7May 13, 2023 11:26 AM

This is my favorite Bette movie and one of my favorite movies ever. What a cast! DeVito, Midler and of course the legendary Anita Morris.

It’s never not funny. It’s one of the most twisted, surprising and darkest comedies of the 80s.

Also it’s a showcase of Memphis Design and tacky 80s pop art.

by Anonymousreply 8May 13, 2023 11:44 AM

I loved all of the Memphis furniture. I would watch it again just for that.

by Anonymousreply 9May 13, 2023 12:00 PM

Here you go, r9.

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by Anonymousreply 10May 13, 2023 12:34 PM

I watched it last week and it's great, but could never be made now.

by Anonymousreply 11May 13, 2023 12:36 PM

A remake of Outrageous Fortune would work. Emma Stone and Margot Robbie.

by Anonymousreply 12May 13, 2023 3:04 PM

Classic ‘80s comedy. Everyone in it is great, and the soundtrack is killer.

by Anonymousreply 13May 13, 2023 3:21 PM

A very funny comedy. I loved seeing 𝖡𝗂𝗅𝗅 Pullman as the dopey crook. His hair was a laugh, but he was still hot eye candy.

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by Anonymousreply 14May 13, 2023 4:36 PM

10 fun facts about Ruthless People. Number 7 surprised.

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by Anonymousreply 15May 13, 2023 4:46 PM

I saw this every time this movie is mentioned but it needs to be released on Blu-Ray as does Outrageous Fortune.

I watched this during lockdown and it's still as funny as ever. What I realized about the movie is that I liked every character, even the despicable ones. And every actor is fantastic and looks like they're having a ball.

As for Bette, if there was any film where she deserved an Oscar nomination, it's this one. The film is only better because of her presence. She is so funny in this and also so lovable. BTW, r5 summarized Bette's film career perfectly.

Bill Pullman was so funny and sexy in this.

And Danny DeVito was part of some of the best dark comedies of the '80s - Ruthless People, Throw Momma from the Train and War of the Roses.

by Anonymousreply 16May 14, 2023 2:28 AM

R16 he directed two of them! He has a great, sick sense of humor.

by Anonymousreply 17May 14, 2023 3:25 AM

"Muffy, meet Adolf.

Adolf, eat Muffy!"

by Anonymousreply 18May 14, 2023 3:37 AM

One line I remember the kidnapper saying "I'm not a criminal. I can't even sell retail."

by Anonymousreply 19May 14, 2023 3:49 AM

Judge was cute too.

by Anonymousreply 20May 14, 2023 4:44 AM

I like the soundtrack

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by Anonymousreply 21May 14, 2023 4:54 AM

Ignore the shortness and bald head, Danny DeVito is a handsome man.

by Anonymousreply 22May 14, 2023 5:03 AM

Movies rarely come as tight as this. Plus, it's insanely 80s.

by Anonymousreply 23May 20, 2023 8:57 PM

LOVE this move. I laugh my ass off every time I see it. The scenes with Anita Morris are hysterical. My favorite, among many in this mve, is when she thinks Danny Devito wants her to fuck a dog,

by Anonymousreply 24May 20, 2023 9:52 PM

Cried laughing at the scene of Anita Morris in the car and Bill Pullman looking on in horror thinking she was being murdered while she was having sex

by Anonymousreply 25May 20, 2023 10:14 PM

That wasn't Anita Morris in the car, that was some random ho.

by Anonymousreply 26May 20, 2023 10:21 PM

That wasnt Anita Morris, that was a prostitute, but yes, it was funny as hell.

by Anonymousreply 27May 20, 2023 10:22 PM

Despite the myth that SUPERGIRL (1984) ended her film career, Helen Slater followed that turkey with a supporting role in RUTHLESS PEOPLE (#9 of 1986) and the female lead in THE SECRET OF MY SUCCESS (#7 of 1987).

Rather, it was Faye Dunaway who SUPERGIRL did no favors.

by Anonymousreply 28May 21, 2023 9:39 AM

I even loved Helen in the Supergirl follow up The Legend of Billie Jean, which was also a bomb but has since become a cult classic.

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by Anonymousreply 29May 21, 2023 12:41 PM

It wasn't a hit but I like the theme song for this movie.

How did they get Mick jagger? Someone had connections.

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by Anonymousreply 30May 21, 2023 2:32 PM

R30, I don't know if Bette and Mick were or are friends/buddies/long term acquaintances, but they do look chummy and friendly and playful in this whacked out video from 1983... anyone else think there was a lot of cocaine on the set?

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by Anonymousreply 31May 21, 2023 2:45 PM

The Head of the Class guy going, "Moar! Moar!! MOOOOOOARRRRR"

Then they play the video in a Sears or something and you hear some woman blurt out, "Oh God, that's my husband!"

by Anonymousreply 32May 21, 2023 2:58 PM

As a kid, I actually believed that Bette was really big and had lost all that weight exercising in the basement.

by Anonymousreply 33May 21, 2023 3:50 PM

Wasn't Madonna originally supposed to be in this? Can you imagine the stench she would have left???

The film is perfectly cast. Everybody in this film is terrific.

by Anonymousreply 34May 21, 2023 4:57 PM

R34, check out R15.

by Anonymousreply 35May 21, 2023 8:55 PM


by Anonymousreply 36May 21, 2023 9:39 PM

[quote]This could very well be the stupidest person on the face of the earth. Perhaps we should shoot him.

by Anonymousreply 37May 21, 2023 9:50 PM

Look at the Bette Midler-ologist at r5

by Anonymousreply 38May 21, 2023 9:52 PM

One of the few modern day screwball comedies Hollywood attempted after What's Up, Doc? Broadway Danny Rose was another one. I respect Ruthless People A LOT. Structurally, it does everything right for a screwball comedy. It's one big flaw: it ain't that funny joke-wise and the performances were a little too over-the-top (I'm looking at you Danny DeVito -- and you, too, Bette).

by Anonymousreply 39May 22, 2023 12:43 AM

Just watched it again for the first time since it came out thanks to this thread. Very enjoyable, but my favorite part was Judge Reinhold's ass! I wish those type of 80s jeans were still popular.

by Anonymousreply 40May 22, 2023 3:45 AM

Touchstone Pictures = Disney's excuse to use swear words

Would Walt approve...???

by Anonymousreply 41May 22, 2023 10:55 AM

God, I love this movie.

by Anonymousreply 42May 13, 2024 10:14 PM

R5 is a great post. I hate the heavy handed red lining around here. So McCarthy.

by Anonymousreply 43May 13, 2024 10:25 PM

Even the opening credits were great.

by Anonymousreply 44May 13, 2024 11:15 PM

Where is it streaming?

by Anonymousreply 45May 13, 2024 11:31 PM

My favourite comedy of all time. Great cast, great ploy, funny as he'll with lots of big belly laughs. I often compare recent comedy's to Ruthless people, in terms of, Why isn't this funny..and name the last comedy that made u belly laugh...for me it was Borat 2..but I can't think of a comedy since Bridesmaids that made me lol. Is it PC maybe?

by Anonymousreply 46May 13, 2024 11:33 PM

R45 nowhere free but Prime and other pay streaming has it to rent or own

by Anonymousreply 47May 14, 2024 2:37 AM

R46 absolutely too PC now. “Comedies” now are usually just riffing on the straight white male patriarchy and making a bunch of women with horrendous behavior out to be heroes. Funny thing is men are being dumbed down in media and irl like crazy. Most straight men are pussywhipped losers, and most gay men are too, they just haven’t realized that the femme court jester act that women require them to play is their own shackles.

by Anonymousreply 48May 14, 2024 2:40 AM

So many quotable lines, like: "I hate the way she licks stamps!"

by Anonymousreply 49May 14, 2024 5:06 AM
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