Ruthless People

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.

Ruthless People
Theatrical release poster
Directed byJim Abrahams
David Zucker
Jerry Zucker
Written byDale Launer
Produced byMichael Peyser
CinematographyJan de Bont
Edited byGib Jaffe
Arthur Schmidt
Music byMichel Colombier
Distributed byBuena Vista Distribution
Release date
  • June 27, 1986 (1986-06-27)
Running time
94 minutes
CountryUnited States
Budget$9-13 million[1][2]
Box office$71.6 million[3]

The film is the story of a couple who kidnap their ex-boss's wife to get revenge and extort money from him. They soon realize he does not want her back and was planning to kill her himself. Meanwhile, the boss's mistress plans a blackmail attempt on him which also does not go as planned.

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