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The Money Pit (1986)

PG | | Comedy | 26 March 1986 (USA)
A young couple struggles to repair a hopelessly dilapidated house.




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Cast overview, first billed only:
Carmine Caridi ...
Billy Lombardo ...
Carlos (as John van Dreelen)
Douglass Watson ...
Walter Fielding, Sr.
Lucille Dobrin ...
Macumba Lady


Walter Fielding and Anna Crowley have to start looking for a new house- but there's not much they can afford! This soon changes when they meet a lonely old con artist who sells them a beautiful mansion at a ridiculously low price. Only there's a catch. The second they move into the house it falls apart, starting with the stairway collapsing to the bathtub falling through the floor to eventually the chimney falling into the house! Finally, they have to renovate the house before the frame collapses but the renovations also prove to be a disaster. Written by Michael Feller <reb@magna.com.au>

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For everyone who's ever been deeply in Love or deeply in debt.




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Release Date:

26 March 1986 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Geschenkt ist noch zu teuer  »

Box Office


$10,000,000 (estimated)


$37,499,651 (USA)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The movie was the first remake of Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House (1948). The second was around seven years later in 1993 with Sweden's Drömkåken (1993) whilst the third, which was the second Hollywood remake, was about twenty-one years later in 2007 with Are We Done Yet? (2007). See more »


When the work crew arrives at the house, various numbers of ladders are leaning against the house in various shots. See more »


Walter: What has Max got that I haven't got?
Anna: Walls.
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Written by Peter Alsop
Performed by Peter Alsop
Courtesy of Flying Fish Records, Inc.
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i love this movie
31 March 2004 | by (bozeman, mt, usa) – See all my reviews

i have seen this movie so many times and it is still hilarious. regardless of what others have said i think this movie is great. the plot is not that well written but who cares this movie wants to make u laugh and it succeeds admirably. I think that this movie is great and is one of my favorite all time movies. It is absolutely hilarious. Many think that Tom Hanks is a dramatic actor, but his roots are in comedy. This movie proves that, he is absolutely perfect and hillarious. Shelley Long although not great, is the best she has ever been in a movie. Her timing and emotions are well fit for this movie. You will laugh and be touched, please vote afterwards and make this rating go up.

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