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Mousehunt (1997)

PG | | Comedy | 19 December 1997 (USA)
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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.

Director:

Gore Verbinski

Writer:

Adam Rifkin
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Nathan Lane ... Ernie Smuntz
Lee Evans ... Lars Smuntz
Vicki Lewis ... April Smuntz
Maury Chaykin ... Alexander Falko
Eric Christmas ... Ernie and Lars' Lawyer
Michael Jeter ... Quincy Thorpe
Debra Christofferson ... Ingrid
Camilla Søeberg ... Hilde, the Bench Lady (as Camilla Soeberg)
Ian Abercrombie ... Auctioneer
Annabelle Gurwitch ... Roxanne Atkins
Eric Poppick Eric Poppick ... The Banker
Ernie Sabella ... Maury, the Cat Care Society Owner
William Hickey ... Rudolph Smuntz
Christopher Walken ... Caeser, the Exterminator
Cliff Emmich ... Mayor McKrinle
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Storyline

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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You don't need to be big to be a hero. See more »

Genres:

Comedy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 December 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Mouse Trap See more »

Filming Locations:

Bass Lake, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$38,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,062,922, 21 December 1997, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$61,917,389

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$122,417,389
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Company Credits

Production Co:

DreamWorks See more »
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DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Jennifer Aniston were considered for the role April Smuntz. See more »

Goofs

When the vacuum cleaner is attached to the sewage line, the mouse watches from outside. He sits on top of the upper ("outer") window panel which has been pulled down to the bottom position of its track (for easier cleaning - consistent with the boys housecleaning). Based on interior and exterior shots in the scene, the lower ("inner") window panel appears to run the entire length of the window. In addition, the position of the curtains change from framing the window to pulled back. See more »

Quotes

[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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Alternate Versions

DVD version contains six deleted scenes:
  • Lars Smuntz explores his late fathers office in his very own style;
  • Caesar presents his 'weapons' and tools;
  • Caesar goes Mouse hunting with a heat seeker;
  • Caesar is doing his new job in the Quality Control department of Smuntz String Cheese factory;
  • A collection of various small scenes from the auction, showing Falco getting back his cheque from Ernie after the flood and ripping it in pieces;
  • The ensemble of Smuntz String Cheese factory gathers for a photo shooting.
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Soundtracks

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 the red duchessSee 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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