Ruthless People Soundtrack (

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Alternate Names:
Title in Español:

Por favor, maten a mi mujer

Title in Português:

Por Favor, Matem a Minha Mulher


Ruthless People

Sam Stone (Danny DeVito) is a clothing manufacturer who married his wife Barbara (Bette Midler) for the money that she was supposed to inherit from her dying father, but her father didn't die for another 15 years. He is now planning to kill her and he tells his girlfriend Carol Dodsworth (Anita Morris) what he intends to do. He then goes home to do just that, but when he gets there, she's not there. He soon receives a call from someone claiming to have kidnapped Barbara and threatening to kill her if he informs the police--which he does, hoping that they do. What Stone doesn't know is that the kidnappers, Ken (Judge Reinhold) and Sandy (Helen Slater) Kessler are a couple whose idea for a garment he stole and made a fortune with, are not that lethal; actually, Barbara is more lethal. Stone also doesn't know that Carol has another boyfriend, Earl Mott (Bill Pullman), and they plan to blackmail Sam by videotaping him disposing of Barbara's body. When Earl goes there to do that, the person who goes there is not Sam but a man with a hooker (Jeannine Bisignano), and he instructs the hooker to scream her head off. Earl mistakenly believes that Barbara's not dead and that Sam is killing her there; he's so freaked out that he doesn't think to make sure it's actually Sam. Carol tries to activate her plan by sending Sam a copy of the tape; Sam thinks that it's for something kinky that Carol wants and when Sam tells her that he'll do to her what was done on the tape and she assumes that he will kill her, so she sends another copy of the tape to the Chief of Police (William G. Schilling), and tells him that she wants him to arrest Sam for murdering Barbara, and the Chief is happy to oblige--because he is the man on the tape. The Chief manages to find the instruments that Sam intended to use to kill Barbara and arrests him. Now Sam must get Barbara back, alive, so he can prove he didn't kill her. Meanwhile, Barbara starts to bond with Sandy.

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Ruthless People
Ruthless People Theme
Daryl Hall: Writer
Mick Jagger: Performer
Dance Champion
Kool & The Gang: Performer
Ronald Bell: Writer
Give Me The Reason
Luther Vandross: Performer
Luther Vandross: Writer
Stand On It
Modern Woman
Billy Joel: Writer
Billy Joel: Performer
Wherever I Lay My Hat (That's My Home)
Marvin Gaye: Writer
Paul Young: Performer
Waiting To See You
Neighborhood Watch
Wherever I Lay My Hat (That's My Home)
Paul Young: Performer
Michel Colombier: Performer
Foxy Lady
Jimi Hendrix: Performer

User reviews

Linda Hall

The sound design in Ruthless People is masterfully crafted, with each note and rhythm contributing to the overall narrative arc of the movie.

James Taylor

The musical choices in the film were uninspired and generic, lacking originality and failing to create a memorable atmosphere or emotional connection with the characters.

Lisa Gonzalez

The memorable melodies and catchy tunes in the soundtrack make it a joy to listen to even outside of watching the film, standing on its own as a fantastic musical work.

David Allen

The soundtrack of Ruthless People felt disconnected from the tone of the film, failing to enhance the suspense or comedy elements of the story.

Susan Thompson

Overall, the soundtrack of Ruthless People is a standout element of the film, enriching the viewing experience and leaving a lasting impression on the audience.

Edward Jackson

The overall production quality of the soundtrack is impressive, with clear and crisp audio that enhances the viewing experience. The sound mixing and editing are top-notch, ensuring that the music blends seamlessly with the dialogue and action on screen.

Paul Davis

The variety of musical styles in the soundtrack keeps the audience entertained and intrigued, showcasing the versatility of the composers and musicians involved.

Edward Williams

The instrumental pieces in the soundtrack create a sense of tension and anticipation, especially during the more dramatic moments of the film. The music effectively builds suspense and enhances the emotional impact of key scenes.

Dorothy Martinez

The soundtrack's ability to evoke a range of emotions, from suspense to humor to tension, showcases the skillful composition and arrangement of the music.

James Walker

The music in Ruthless People serves as a character of its own, enhancing the personalities of the on-screen characters and adding depth to their interactions.

Joshua Anderson

The use of different musical genres in the soundtrack adds depth and variety to the film. From energetic pop tracks to suspenseful melodies, the music keeps the audience engaged and entertained throughout.

Michael Hall

The soundtrack of Ruthless People effectively sets the mood for each scene, creating a dynamic atmosphere that complements the characters' emotions and motivations.

Mark Thompson

The soundtrack of Ruthless People perfectly captures the comedic and chaotic tone of the film. The upbeat and lively music enhances the scenes and adds to the overall entertainment value.

Jennifer Brown

The use of upbeat and energetic tracks in key moments adds a layer of excitement and fun to the storyline, making the viewing experience more engaging.

Matthew Martin

The choice of songs in the soundtrack complements the characters and their personalities. The music helps to define the characters and their motivations, adding layers to their development and interactions.

Carol Clark

The seamless integration of music with the on-screen action demonstrates a strong understanding of how sound can elevate the visual storytelling.

Brian Carter

The soundtrack of Ruthless People perfectly captures the comedic and suspenseful tone of the film, enhancing every scene with appropriate music cues.

Margaret Williams

Overall, the soundtrack of Ruthless People is a standout element of the film, showcasing the talent and creativity of the composers and music supervisors involved. It is a vital component that elevates the overall viewing experience and adds to the film's entertainment value.

Melissa Hernandez

The lack of a cohesive musical theme throughout the movie made the soundtrack feel disjointed and inconsistent, detracting from the overall viewing experience and failing to elevate key moments in the plot.