Madhouse (1990)

PG-13  |   |  Comedy  |  16 February 1990 (USA)
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The luxurious villa of Mark and Jessie Bannister, a yuppie couple, is overrun by loads of uninvited guests who turn the house up side down.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Prick Automaton Cop
Karen Kronwell ...
Female Cop
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Karen Kelly


Mark and Jessie Bannister have a problem. Actually, SEVERAL problems. Namely his cousins, her sister and nephew, and the neighbours next door. All this, problems at work and a cat that keeps coming back from the dead. Written by Brad H. Yasuda <>

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The bad news is you have houseguests. There is no good news.




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Release Date:

16 February 1990 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La casa loca  »

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$21,036,771 (USA)

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Dennis Miller's feature film debut. See more »


When Mark and Jessie hear the message from Dr. Penix on the answering machine, the machine is not plugged into the phone line. See more »


Jessie: [Mark's having a nightmare where zombies are surrounding the house] Mark, what do they want?
Mark Bannister: They want... to stay here!
Jessie: Oh Mark, why?
Mark Bannister: I don't know. Maybe we're in some vacation guide for the damned.
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Referenced in Siskel & Ebert: The Future of the Movies (1990) See more »


Let's Dance
by Chris Rea
[Opening credit song]
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Why oh Why isn't this on DVD yet?
24 March 2012 | by (California, United States) – See all my reviews

If you're not a John Larroquette fan nor a fan or Kirstie Alley at her heyday, don't bother to read on. But if you loved John in Night Court and Kirstie in Cheers, you're in for a treat.

This is the best of both of them. And as a couple they really work - the chemistry, the timing, everything. Tom Ropelewski really hit it out of the park in writing and directing this. So many great quotes, so many great characters, and subplots that all come back together at the end.

I've always heard, in writing school, that if you want us to care about a character or laugh at a character, keep making things fall apart for him/her. Well, I've seldom seen things fall apart so many times in a row. Just when you thought it couldn't get any gets worse. Over and over.

Sure, it's as dated as a film could be for its era. The clothes, hair, music, everything. But nobody could play it better. Nobody.

It's a bit PG in a couple of places, where there's a bit of foreplay and one racy part where Kirstie starts to strip, but my 10 and 13 year olds haven't been grossed and they think it's hysterical.

Just showed it to a friend that's 36 (another writer) and he loved it.

So-o-o-o...why isn't this out on DVD yet, when so many people are clamoring for it? I'd sure buy it!

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