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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 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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Geschenkt ist noch zu teuer  »

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Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,344,555, 30 March 1986

Gross USA:

$37,499,651

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$17,500,000
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The key location issue during development and pre-production that faced producers Frank Marshall and Kathleen Kennedy was to find a real life gigantic mansion that its owners would consent to allow to be partially demolished. See more »

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After the characters have hauled two two-gallon buckets of water up the ladder and dumped them into the bathtub, Walter goes back downstairs and, after the kitchen fire, brings up the third recently heated on the stove. That is also dumped into the tub, causing the tub to crash through the floor and land below. As the camera angle picks up the tub falling through the floor and the ensuing crash and breakage, there is no water spray from the broken tub. See more »

Quotes

Walter: [Anna is running toward the stairs that have collapsed] THE STAIRS ARE OUT!
[Anna stops right at the edge]
Walter: Honey, you're standing on my fingers.
[Anna steps back and Walter lets go, falling to the first floor]
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Spoofs The Amityville Horror (1979) See more »

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RUSH RUSH
Written by Giorgio Moroder and Debbie Harry
Performed by Debbie Harry
Courtesy of Chrysalis Records, Inc.
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Right on the money
15 December 2013 | by See all my reviews

Another film, I love from 86, sees Hanks, again impressing us, with great comic timing, and soon to be wife, Shelly Long (always good in any role) buy the lemon from hell. There are laughs here and there, but the fun is in just watching this place come apart and crumble. Not sounding morbid or dastardly here. Here, anything and everything comes apart, you have to ask yourself, "How the hell did they stage all of the faults". It must of taken hours. Some of the defects are bloody dangerous to watch, mostly concerning wires blowing apart and power outlets. Poor Hanks getting sucked in through a hole in the second story floor, was one of the fun moments. No other actor could fit this role, and I wouldn't want to see any other actor in this role. Joe Mantegna as a randy carpenter who makes the moves on Long, I liked. Shelly's ex-Alexander Gordonuv provided a likable character of flair, despite being shallow, and narcissistic. After not seeing this film in a very long time, I still enjoyed it today as I did then. By the way, in the house is amazingly, revamped, where in the end, for first home buyers, hope is possible. Lets face it, at the start, this crumbling house made the one in Emoh Ruo, look like a dream, it's faults, coming in small pittance.


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