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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 ...
Macumba Lady


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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Release Date:

26 March 1986 (USA)  »

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$10,000,000 (estimated)


$37,499,651 (USA)

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Did You Know?


For the scene with the bathtub falling two floors down after being filled with water, Tom Hanks does a obnoxious laugh. This clip of him laughing is commonly used for the Universal back-lot tour when the tour guides joke with the visitors. See more »


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 »


Walter: Mozart? Mozart is dead, his problems are over, help MEEE...
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Written by Michel Colombier and Kathleen Wakefield
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The home version of "The Poseidon Adventure"
21 August 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Tom Hanks and Shelley Long star in this hilarious film about a couple who buy a million dollar home for $200,000 - only to find out it's going to cost close to a million to repair it! Wood rot, raccoons in the dumbwaiter, a bad roof, bad plumbing, bad electricity - you name it, this house has it. Hard to choose the funniest scene - the staircase collapse or Hanks getting dumped in cement.

The entire cast is excellent, from Maureen Stapleton, the former homeowner whose boyfriend is being deported, Hanks' clients (he's an entertainment attorney), the many workers who populate the house, or Douglass Watson, Hanks' embezzler father who now lives in Rio.

It would also be hard to choose the funniest line, but for anyone who has owned a home, probably the Shirks Brothers line when their team comes to repair the house - "Your name came up in a drawing - we work today!"

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