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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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Marika
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Carlos (as John van Dreelen)
Douglass Watson ...
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

According to website Wikimapia, The Money Pit House once had a real life name which was "Northway House". The site states that the house was "built for H.W. Warner in 1906. Federal in style. Called Northway House when William McNair owned the place. In the 1980s during the filming of the movie The Money Pit (1986) with Tom Hanks and Shelley Long, the house was owned by Eric Ridder, Sr. (publisher). Ridder was a gold medal winner in 1952 as a member of the American yachting team. In 1964 he co-captained the Constellation in successful defense of the America's Cup". See more »

Goofs

When Carlos says, "Goodbye" to Walter, Sr. and his Brazillian wife, he first says "Auf Wiedersehen!"(German), then tries to correct himself by saying, "Hasta la vista." However he is still using the wrong language, as "Hasta la vista" is Spanish and not Portuguese. See more »

Quotes

Walter: It doesn't make any sense, why would somebody be selling a million dollar house for a hundred thousand?
Jack: Who knows? A divorce, loan sharks, a scandal. The point is you get to capitalize on another human being's misfortune. That's the basis of real estate. So do we have a deal?
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Remake of George Washington Slept Here (1942) See more »

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WEB OF DESIRE
Written by White Lion
Performed by White Lion and Louise Robey (as Robey)
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Where's the funny?
16 February 2010 | by (Long Island) – See all my reviews

I looked over all the reviews here and so many people just LOVED this film, it was so FUNNY! What could possibly tie these reviewers together. Surely the film is too old to have the studio bribe them. They can't ALL be the writers of this whimsical farce, can they? What could it be? Then I saw it! They were all kids when The Money Pit was released. They remember their hand-clapping joy at watching a bathtub fall through several floors or seeing a staircase collapse. They were kids and kids love slapstick. Adults used to love slapstick, back when film was young and Buster Keaton was a genius.

This contrived Hollyweird potboiler is a throwback to the studio contract player days when they had to regularly crank out formulaic drivel for the masses. You know, like TV. What a piece of unwatchable crap. What a star-studded lineup of talent (look at the credits) gone to waste. What a chance to do something better with your time, like scoop out the litter box and wash the kitchen trash pail; something you can actually enjoy doing.


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