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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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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 ... 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>

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Taglines:

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

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Release Date:

26 March 1986 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Money Pit 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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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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Trivia

The movie was filmed during April, May, June, and July 1985. See more »

Goofs

When the bathtub falls, the chunk of floor it was sitting on - which would have also fallen - is nowhere to be seen. See more »

Quotes

[Jack is being taken on an ambulance after losing his breath on the jogging track]
Jack: I'm fine really.
Paramedic: Take it easy Mr. Schidntmann
Walter: Has this ever happened to you before?
Jack: Yes.
Paramedic: Seven times in the past five months.
Walter: I thought the jogging was getting you in better shape.
Jack: It is.
Paramedic: Yeah thanks to the jogging I can lift him into the ambulance.
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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 »

Connections

Spoofed in The Money Hole (1993) See more »

Soundtracks

Ode to Joy
(uncredited)
From "Symphony No. 9 in d-minor"
Written by Ludwig van Beethoven
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The home version of "The Poseidon Adventure"
21 August 2005 | by blanche-2See all my reviews

Tom Hanks and Shelley Long star in this hilarious film about a couple who buy a million dollar home for $200,000 - only to find out it's going to cost close to a million to repair it! Wood rot, raccoons in the dumbwaiter, a bad roof, bad plumbing, bad electricity - you name it, this house has it. Hard to choose the funniest scene - the staircase collapse or Hanks getting dumped in cement.

The entire cast is excellent, from Maureen Stapleton, the former homeowner whose boyfriend is being deported, Hanks' clients (he's an entertainment attorney), the many workers who populate the house, or Douglass Watson, Hanks' embezzler father who now lives in Rio.

It would also be hard to choose the funniest line, but for anyone who has owned a home, probably the Shirks Brothers line when their team comes to repair the house - "Your name came up in a drawing - we work today!"


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