R | | Comedy, Crime
A couple, cheated by a vile businessman, kidnap his wife in retaliation, without knowing that their enemy is delighted they did.
Although it has been perceived that Ruthless People was influenced by O. Henry's story The Ransom of Red Chief, writer Dale Launer claims that it was inspired by the kidnapping of Patricia Hearst and that the similarities between the film and the earlier story were a coincidence.
Carol, did I ever tell you why I married her?
Carol: Yes, Sam, you told me many, many...
Sam Stone: Her father was very, very rich, and very, very sick. The doctors assured me he'd be dead any minute. There wasn't a second to lose! I rushed right out and married the ...
When Sam Stone is looking through the yellow pages for attack dogs, back in the window is a telescope sitting on a tripod and pointing upward. Actually, it is pointing down and inside the office, because it is obviously a Newtonian-reflector telescope, in which the eye-piece is closer to the aperture side and opposite to the mirror side.
Dwight Gooden, the well-known major league baseball pitcher, is listed in the end credits as "Best Pitcher." Gooden won the 1985 National League Cy Young Award, which is given annually to the best pitcher in each league.
$5,274,306 29 June 1986