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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Walter Fielding
... Anna Crowley
... Max Beissart
... Estelle
... Art Shirk
... Curly
... Jack Schnittman
... Shatov
Carmine Caridi ... Brad Shirk
... Ethan
Billy Lombardo ... Benny
... Marika
... Carlos (as John van Dreelen)
Douglass Watson ... Walter Fielding, Sr.
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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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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Geschenkt ist noch zu teuer  »

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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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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The title card seen at both the beginning and towards the end of the movie read "Rio de Janeiro". See more »

Goofs

When the work crew arrives at the house, various numbers of ladders are leaning against the house in various shots. See more »

Quotes

[Walter and Anna are discussing the possibility of buying the house]
Walter: You know what this is? This is the short line in Motor Vehicles.
Anna: What?
Walter: Yeah! You go to Motor Vehicles to get your license renewed, and you get on this line that reaches to Spain, and right next to it is this little short line with only two guys on it, but you don't get on that line, 'cause you think something must be "wrong" with it - otherwise everyone else would be on it - so you waste three hours!
Anna: I got on the short line ...
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Connections

Referenced in Family Guy: The Griffin Family History (2006) See more »

Soundtracks

The Wedding Contract
From "Lucia Di Lammermor"
By Gaetano Donizetti
Text by Salvatore Cammarano (as Salvadore Cammarano)
Act II - Scene 6; Act III - Scene 6
Performed by London Symphony Orchestra (as The London Symphony Orchestra)
Ambrosian Opera Chorus
Conducted by Thomas Schippers
Courtesy of MCA Records, Inc.
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Tom Hanks at his Best.
3 September 2007 | by See all my reviews

This is truly the era when Tom Hanks was a comedian. He really made me laugh in this movie. Especially when the bath tub falls through the flooring. The best parts happen when something goes wrong. Tom Hanks has moved on since this time period to make Oscar winning movies such as Forrest Gump and the Green Mile, but this is truly when he was at his best. I have to admit, I never thought that Tom Hanks could be funny until I saw this film. I inspire anyone to give this movie a try. I guarantee that it will make you laugh at least once or twice. So go on and try the Money Pit. It is when Tom Hanks was not in it for the awards.


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