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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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Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$5,344,555 (USA) (30 March 1986)

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$37,499,651 (USA)
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Tom Hanks also made a movie with Jackie Gleason later that year after the Money Pit, where his character Walter had a terrible fight with his wife Anna. Walter hits the staircase with his hand and goes "Bang! Zoom!" and flies his fist to the sky (or the Moon), just like Ralph Kramden would do in The Honeymooners (1955). See more »

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Pushing the raccoon out of the dumbwaiter. See more »

Quotes

Estelle: [as she lights a candelabra] I'm trying to save a few bucks on the lights... for the blood-sucking lawyers.
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Referenced in The Cinema Snob: The Devil with Hitler (2012) 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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Mr. Hanks builds his dream (make that "nightmare") house
12 August 2006 | by (Portland, Oregon, USA) – See all my reviews

I know, the critics ripped at "The Money Pit" when it got released. They apparently didn't realize that it wasn't pretending to be a masterpiece; it was a big excuse to be funny, and they succeed. Some of the gags her seem to forecast the equally funny "Mousehunt". Personally, I think that Tom Hanks needs to act in some more comedies, and Shelley Long needs to get more roles in movies. My favorite scene? Well, I get the giggles whenever I think of the whole chain reaction. Just the kinds of things about which anyone should worry when moving into a new house (although my family didn't have such experiences when we moved into our house).

All in all, it shows that Richard Benjamin is as great a director as he is an actor. My generation ought to give him the recognition that my parents' generation gave him. Also starring Alexander Godunov (one of the Amish guys in "Witness"), Maureen Stapleton, Joe Mantegna and Josh Mostel.


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