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

Box Office


$10,000,000 (estimated)


$37,499,651 (USA)

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(70 mm prints)| (35 mm prints)


Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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The amount of money that the Fieldings bought the house for was US $200,000. See more »


When Walter is watching the fire go through the electrical system in the walls of the kitchen, the chunky liquid in the blender vanishes. See more »


Walter: What happened?
Curly: It was no picnic but those guys are work animals. Well everything looks pretty much under control.
Walter: It does?
Curly: Well not to the layman's eyes of course.
Walter: They completely ripped up my house!
Curly: They sure as hell did didn't they? They really ripped the guts out of it. They're work animals I tell you. Look at those holes huh? Then you've got your gravel piles, your sand piles, your scrap piles. Animals!
Walter: Animals.
Curly: Well I like a good conversation as much as any but I've got to run. Hasta ...
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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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