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The Money Pit (1986)

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



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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 <>

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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  »

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$10,000,000 (estimated)


$37,499,651 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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The real life address of the mansion seen at the end of the movie, known as the Villa Vlzcaya, is 3251 South Miami Avenue, Coconut Grove, South of Miami, Florida. See more »


There is ceiling plaster visible in Anna's hair before the plaster is shown to fall on her head. See more »


Walter: It's a big house, we'll divide it up! You stay in your half, I'll stay in mine!
Anna: That is such a dumb idea. Sometimes it amazes me you ever passed the bar.
Walter: I'm sure it does, you've never passed a bar in you life.
Anna: You are so much less attractive when I'm sober.
Walter: Thank goodness it's not that often.
Anna: [yelling] All right, that's it! I've had it with you, and the house, and Max, and the orchestra and everything! How long will it take to put this house together?
Curly: Two weeks.
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Performed by Stephen Bishop
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Mr. Hanks builds his dream (make that "nightmare") house
12 August 2006 | by (Portland, Oregon, USA) – See all my reviews

I know, the critics ripped at "The Money Pit" when it got released. They apparently didn't realize that it wasn't pretending to be a masterpiece; it was a big excuse to be funny, and they succeed. Some of the gags her seem to forecast the equally funny "Mousehunt". Personally, I think that Tom Hanks needs to act in some more comedies, and Shelley Long needs to get more roles in movies. My favorite scene? Well, I get the giggles whenever I think of the whole chain reaction. Just the kinds of things about which anyone should worry when moving into a new house (although my family didn't have such experiences when we moved into our house).

All in all, it shows that Richard Benjamin is as great a director as he is an actor. My generation ought to give him the recognition that my parents' generation gave him. Also starring Alexander Godunov (one of the Amish guys in "Witness"), Maureen Stapleton, Joe Mantegna and Josh Mostel.

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