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The Money Pit (1986)

A young couple struggles to repair a hopelessly dilapidated house.

Director:

Richard Benjamin

Writer:

David Giler
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tom Hanks ... Walter Fielding
Shelley Long ... Anna Crowley
Alexander Godunov ... Max Beissart
Maureen Stapleton ... Estelle
Joe Mantegna ... Art Shirk
Philip Bosco ... Curly
Josh Mostel ... Jack Schnittman
Yakov Smirnoff ... Shatov
Carmine Caridi Carmine Caridi ... Brad Shirk
Brian Backer ... Ethan
Billy Lombardo Billy Lombardo ... Benny
Mia Dillon ... Marika
John Van Dreelen ... Carlos (as John van Dreelen)
Douglass Watson Douglass Watson ... Walter Fielding, Sr.
Lucille Dobrin Lucille Dobrin ... Macumba Lady
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Storyline

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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

For everyone who's ever been deeply in Love or deeply in debt.

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish | Chinese | Russian

Release Date:

26 March 1986 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Geschenkt ist noch zu teuer See more »

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Box Office

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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints)| Dolby Stereo (35 mm prints)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The make and model of Art Shirk's (Joe Mantegna's) red sports car was a 1984 Chevrolet Corvette. Its customized license plate read "AS-1". See more »

Goofs

Pushing the raccoon out of the dumbwaiter. See more »

Quotes

Walter: [on the phone trying to locate a plumber] Hi! We're having a little trouble with our pipes, and I was - uh, Fielding, Walter Fielding... Well, there's no reason why should have heard of me... no, that's not a Jewish name... how much do I make a year? Well, how much do you make a year? Really!... Yale, I went to Yale...
[gets angry]
Walter: Look, get out of my life, would ya!
[slams the phone down]
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Alternate Versions

Several scenes are different or added to the television version. The TV version offers an extended scene when Walter tries to carve his name and Anna's on the tree. More than one tree falls, explaining why Walter comes in the house and says they have weak trees, instead of just one tree. In between the shots of the realtor stamping the house sheet with a "SOLD", and Walter and Anna moving in, there is a scene with Walter and Anna in the house discussing how drunk they were on a trip to Puerto Rico. See more »


Soundtracks

Web of Desire
Written by White Lion
Performed by White Lion and Louise Robey (as Robey)
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A different meaning to "bringin' down the house".
8 November 2003 | by michaelRokeefeSee all my reviews

Richard Benjamin directs this comedy about a young couple and their misery trying to turn a dilapidated house into their dream home. Situational comedy makes up for the flimsy story line. Two young stars on their way up...Tom Hanks and Shelley Long work absolutely great together. Funny script with even funnier one-line rebuttals. Very good support from Joe Mantegna, Philip Bosco and Yakov Smirnoff.


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