|Danny DeVito||Owen/Ned 'Little Ned' Lift/Cousin Paddy|
|Billy Crystal||Larry Donner|
|Anne Ramsey||Mrs. Lift|
|Kim Greist||Beth Ryan|
|Kate Mulgrew||Margaret Donner|
|Bruce Kirby||Detective DeBenedetto|
Larry, an author with a cruel ex-wife, Margaret, teaches a writing workshop where Owen, one of his students, is fed up with his domineering mother . 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.