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The Money Pit (1986)

 -  Comedy  -  26 March 1986 (USA)
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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 <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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26 March 1986 (USA)  »

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$10,000,000 (estimated)

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$37,499,651 (USA)
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This 1986 film was the first produced screenplay of screen-writer David Giler in five years. Giler's last at the time had been 1981's Southern Comfort (1981). See more »

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When Anna is leaving Max's house after spending the night, she grabs her stockings which are hanging from the fireplace. The stockings are obviously brand new fresh out of the box. See more »

Quotes

Walter: [to Anna] Well, thanks to that fall, we're now the same height.
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WEB OF DESIRE
Written by White Lion
Performed by White Lion and Louise Robey (as Robey)
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hanks at his physical comedy best
14 June 2002 | by (trenton, nj) – See all my reviews

It continually amazes me that Tom hanks will go down as one of the best dramatic actors of our generation and little will be spoken of how good a physical comedian he was before "Philadelphia" changed his career. Hanks made a string of movies in the 80s relying on his physical comedy ability, most notable "Big", "the burbs", "dragnet", "turner & hooch" etc. But I think that with the POSSIBLE exception of "Big" - "The Money Pit" is his best. Some of the scenes involving Hanks in this movie made me laugh so hard I couldn't breathe. This movie is intended to be a farce and it succeeds totally. The rest of the cast is not very strong - I have never, and I assume never will be, a Shelley Long fan - she doesn't do anything but provide a sounding board for Hanks anyway. But then again, she really doesn't need to.

This movie is definitely worth taking a look at if you haven't seen it - the first time you watch it, it is genuinely hilarious. I just watched it again after about three years without seeing it and found it to still hold up. The scene when the chimney falls apart is my favorite. I wish hanks would do another comedy, but he's all serious now. oh well.


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