Throw Momma from the Train

Synopsis: Larry Donner is an author and writing professor who tutors people that want to write books. Larry's life has become a misery when his ex-wife Margaret has published a book he wrote under her name and has gotten rich over it. Owen Lift, one of Larry's students, offers Larry to kill Margaret, and in return Owen, wants Larry to kill his horrible mother. Larry thinks it's a joke, until he learns Owen killed his ex-wife. And Larry has now become the prime suspect.
Director(s): Danny DeVito
Production: Orion
  Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 2 wins & 3 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
88 min

"'Yeah' said the captain. "

"'We foiled those bastards again,

didn't we, Dave?'"

"'Yeah' said Dave. "

"The end. "


Here we have all the elements of drama.

We have the tension, the horror of war...

Uh... Mrs Hazeltine, when you're writing

a novel that takes place on a submarine,...

.. it's not a bad idea to know

the name of the instrument...

.. that the captain speaks through.

- I used to know that.

- And your similes... need a little work.

"His guts oozed nice

like a melted malted. "

Well, it's, um... a little...

- Too harsh?

- A tad.

Otherwise it was, um...

.. very good, it was, uh...

.. very real.

Here's another one.

This is a real classic by Mr Pinsky.

It's entitled 100 Girls I'd Like to Pork.


It's a coffee-table book.

100 Girls I'd Like to... hm.

"Chapter 1:
Kathleen Turner. "

"Chapter 2:
Cybill Shepherd.

Chapter 3:
Suzanne Pleshette. "

"Chapter 4:
The Girl

in the Taco Commercial. "

"Chapter 5:
The Woman in 4B.

Chapter 6:
The Oriental Laker Girl. "

"Chapter 7:
Chris... "

Mr Pinsky, this is not literature.

Well, you know,

I would put in photographs,...

.. a brief character sketch,

like a biography,...

.. and a nice dust jacket.

- Mr Pinsky, what is this?

- It's... literature. It's a fantasy.

Like Melville. This is

my great white whale.

- It's whacking material.

- Isn't that literature?

How do you associate Moby Dick to a list

of women you'd like to have sex with?

- I think it's brave.

- (Mrs Hazeltine) He's vulgar.

- They said Twain was.

- I'm saying he is.

- I think you're vulgar.

- You're a no-talent shit.

- Maybe I should change the title.

- (man) I like the title.

- (bell)

- OK, I'll see you Wednesday, class.

Good work today. Remember,

a writer writes... always.

Argh! Oh!

- This is your tie.

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Stu Silver

Stu Silver is an American screenwriter and television writer best known for such films and television series as Throw Momma from the Train, It's A Living, Bosom Buddies and Soap. He also wrote the first half of Good Morning, Vietnam. more…

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Submitted on August 05, 2018


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