A 1987 American black comedy film directed by and starring Danny DeVito in his directorial feature film debut. The title comes from Patti Page’s 1956 hit song, “Mama from the Train (A Kiss, A Kiss)”. The film was inspired by the 1951 Alfred Hitchcock thriller Strangers on a Train.
Billy Crystal plays Larry, a divorced, failed writer and teacher who is talked by one of his students Owen, in to taking part in a murder for a murder exchange. Owen lives with his abusive mother. When he begins taking Larry’s evening class he stumbles upon an ingenious way of getting rid of her once and for all.
Larry (Billy Crystal), an author with a cruel ex-wife, Margaret (Kate Mulgrew), teaches a writing workshop where Owen (Danny DeVito), one of his students, is fed up with his domineering mother (Anne Ramsey). When Owen watches a Hitchcock classic that seems to mirror his own life, he decides to put the movie’s plot into action and offers to kill Margaret, if Larry promises to murder his mom. Before Larry gets a chance to react to the plan, it seems that Owen has already sealed Margaret’s fate.
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