10 Facts You Probably Never Knew About Throw Momma From The Train
In 1987, Throw Momma From the Train was released to mixed reactions, but the film nonetheless saw two of the finest actors of the decade working together, with Billy Crystal and Danny DeVito playing two men who both want someone out of their lives for good and think that they can help each other out in the darkest possible way.
The film often gets overlooked, but is well worth a watch if you’ve never seen it and a re-viewing if you haven’t seen it in a long time.
Let’s take a look back at the film with some facts you may not have known…
10. DeVito used himself for inspiration
In one scene in the film, DeVito’s character Owen shows Crystal’s character Larry his coin collection. This was based on DeVito’s love of sharing his hobbies with his friends when he was growing up and wanted to show this in the film.
9. Warner Bros initially refused the film’s request to reference Strangers on a Train
During the movie there are several references to the Warner Bros movie Strangers on a Train. When going to Warner, studio Orion found it very difficult to get Warner to allow them the rights to use the references to their film in Throw Momma From the Train.
8. A deal was struck
To get the rights to reference Strangers on a Train, Orion had to allow Warner the rights to the movie Arthur so that Warner could produce a sequel to the hit movie, Arthur 2: On the Rocks.
7. The movie parodies Alfred Hitchcock
Throw Momma From the Train has a very deliberate style and is designed to mimic and parody classic thriller movies, specifically those of thriller master Alfred Hitchcock.
6. Anne Ramsey was undergoing treatment for throat cancer during filming
Whilst filming Throw Momma From the Train, Anne Ramsey was undergoing treatment for throat cancer and had to have oral surgery, but never asked for any time away from the production or to be excused from work.
5. Ramsey was Oscar-nominated for her work in the film
Anne Ramsey was recognised for her role in Throw Momma From the Train with her only Oscar nomination as Best Supporting Actress. Her speech impediment in the film was also very real and a result of the treatment she was undergoing at the time.
4. In one scene, DeVito hits Crystal with a frying pan that’s clearly made of rubber
Fake props are often used for slapstick scenes, and during the film Billy Crystal is hit by Danny DeVito with a frying pan. It’s clearly a rubber frying pan and you can even see it bend if you look closely at the scene.
3. DeVito was ill throughout shooting
Whilst filming Throw Momma From the Train, Danny DeVito suffered from an illness and was hit with flu-like symptoms, he has stated that the only things that helped him to get through this time was cigarettes and chocolate!
2. DeVito rides a Sunset cab in one scene, a nod to his sitcom Taxi
During the film, DeVito’s character is seen travelling in a Sunset cab, this is a nod to the classic comedy series Taxi in which DeVito’s character in the show worked for Sunshine Cab Co.
1. Bill Murray and Robin Williams were considered for the DeVito and Crystal roles
Before DeVito and Crystal were confirmed for their roles in the movie, Bill Murray and Robin Williams were considered for the roles of Larry and Owen respectively which could have seen the film played very differently.