Throw Momma from the Train
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Amber said on 2022-08-05:
This rather dark comedy features Billy Crystal as the writing professor Larry Donner. Larry has a miserable ex-wife that stole his novel and became rich and famous over it. One of Larry’s students, Owen Lift, brilliantly played by Danny DeVito gets inspired by a Hitchcock film to “swap murders” and “criss-cross”, thereby eliminating motives fatal to any successful murder. Owen kills Larry’s ex-wife and expects Larry to kill his overbearing mother, played by the incomparable Anne Ramsey, in return. I appreciate the references to and the re-imagining of the Hitchcock classic, Strangers on a Train, and recommend this film!

Director: Danny DeVito, Barry Sonnenfeld, Joe Napolitano Writer: Stu Silver
Run time: 88 minutes Release date: 1987-12-11
Floor location: Comedy Format: DVD
Production Countries: United States of America
Spoken Languages: English
Larry Donner, an author with a cruel ex-wife, teaches a writing workshop in which one of his students, Owen, is fed up with his domineering mother. When Owen watches a Hitchcock classic that seems to mirror his own life, he decides to put the movie's plot into action and offers to kill Larry's ex-wife, if Larry promises to murder his mom. Before Larry gets a chance to react to the plan, it seems that Owen has already set things in motion.

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