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Mousehunt (1997)

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Two stumblebum inheritors are determined to rid their antique house of a mouse who is equally determined to stay where he is.



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A family film about a mouse that lives in an old house where the geriatric owner dies, and Ernie and Lars Smuntz have plans for, but they have trouble getting rid of the mouse. It's like Home Alone with a mouse. Written by ShowBob <showbob@geocities.com>

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Comedy | Family

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for language, comic sensuality and mayhem | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

19 December 1997 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Mouse Trap  »

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Box Office


$38,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$6,062,922 (USA) (19 December 1997)


$61,834,214 (USA) (8 May 1998)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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The mouse doesn't appear until 20 minutes into the film. See more »


The bite marks in the vegetarian snack that Alexander Falko bites into, disappear throughout the next shots of him biting into it. See more »


[first lines]
Lars: [at their father's funeral, they carry his coffin down the steps of a cathedral] Hold your end up higher, you're not holding it.
Ernie: I am too.
Lars: You are not.
Ernie: Don't worry about me. Hey, isn't that suit charcoal?
Lars: No.
Ernie: Looks charcoal gray to me, some gray polyester blend. Couldn't even find a black suit for your own father's funeral.
Lars: It's black.
Ernie: No, I'm sure it's gray.
Lars: It's black.
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I'll Be Home For Christmas
Written by Walter Kent, Kim Gannon, and Buck Ram
Arranged by Bruce L. Fowler
Performed by the Los Angeles Children's Chorus Ensemble
Daryl Getman, Gavin Hale, Julia Long, Adrienne Pardee, Mark Perry, Amy Sargious, Jonathan Saul, Chai-Fu Wang, and Julia Wells
Anne Tomlinson, Artistic Director
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A true family classic.
14 February 2001 | by (dublin, ireland) – See all my reviews

A children's film with a moral. Unlike a certain purveyor of saccharine entertainment, however, this moral is political, even metaphysical - if you exploit your workers, if you pursue greed until it makes you mad, if you break the ties that bind; if, in short, you snap the string, a Pandora's Box of chaos will be your lot, until you become a latterday Roderick Usher, your crumbling mansion a metaphor for your disintegrating mind.

With its Gilliam-like recreation of a dank, Orwellian universe; with its Tim Burton pervading of Gothic atmosphere; with its twisted Coens' live-action cartoon sensibility (imagine Christopher Walken in a children's film? Even better than that), and you have fun for all the family.

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