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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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Walter Fielding, Sr.
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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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$10,000,000 (estimated)

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$37,499,651 (USA)
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Trivia

Kathleen Turner was considered for the female lead. At the time, Turner was in a dispute with 20th Century Fox, as she did not want to do The Jewel of the Nile (1985), and tried to use the offer of playing in this movie as a negotiating ploy, although some thought at the time, that it was simply an attempt to get paid more money. See more »

Goofs

When the lead Cheap Girl tells Walter they want to change their name, you hear "Meryl Streep" but his lips say something else. The same thing for Walter when he tells him he's not changing their name. Perhaps another name was originally used and the producers didn't get the permission to use it. See more »

Quotes

Anna: This is my house, too. I want to help.
Walter: Do you have a gun?
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Referenced in Mike & Mike: Episode dated 5 September 2016 (2016) See more »

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Gavotte (sonata VI for violin, E major partita)
From the album "Christopher Parkening Plays J.S. Bach"
Written by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performed by Christopher Parkening
Courtesy of Angel Records
A Division of Capitol Records, Inc.
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Now the house is perfect...let's move!!!!
8 November 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This film when it first came out was not given credit, it fell into the categories with the "Ghostbusters sequel" and other silly 80's movies. But, if you watch it again, it may have you laughing.

Shelley Long, while not a favorite, is good, and Tom Hanks, as a young couple finally buying that country mansion dream house every American should want. Maureen Stapleton is selling it; she is classic.

Joe Mantegna as Art Shirk, one of the many contractors and plumbers who take the young couple for a ride. Richard Benjamin has done a good job directing (You may want to watch "Goodbye, Columbus" again; he was excellent in that film).

The story is predictable, but will lighten your mood; it is not just a romantic comedy with a ridiculous premise. Anyone who has ever had to deal with house repairs and contractors will find this to be a good tonic. 8/10.


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