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The Money Pit (1986)

PG | | Comedy | 26 March 1986 (USA)
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A young couple struggles to repair a hopelessly dilapidated house.

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Richard Benjamin

Writer:

David Giler
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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 ... Benny
Mia Dillon ... Marika
John Van Dreelen ... Carlos (as John van Dreelen)
Douglass Watson ... Walter Fielding, Sr.
Lucille Dobrin Lucille Dobrin ... Macumba Lady
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Storyline

Walter Fielding and Anna Crowley must start looking for a new house--but they can't afford much. This changes when they meet a lonely con artist who sells the a beautiful mansion at a ridiculously-low price. The catch: the second they move into the house, it falls apart, starting with the stairway collapsing, to the bathtub falling through the floor, to the chimney eventually falling into the house. Finally, they must renovate the house before the frame collapses, but the renovations also prove disastrous. 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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Comedy

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Did You Know?

Trivia

The closing credits have a special section called "The Construction Crew" for several actors who played tradesmen in the film, but had no character name billing. See more »

Goofs

Pushing the raccoon out of the dumbwaiter. See more »

Quotes

Walter: Here lies Walter Fielding. He bought a house, and it killed him.
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Alternate Versions

When originally released theatrically in the UK, the BBFC made cuts of 5 seconds to secure a 'PG' rating. All cuts were waived later in 1986 when the film was re-rated with a '15' certificate for home video. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Gilmore Girls: Dead Uncles and Vegetables (2002) See more »

Soundtracks

Gavotte (sonata VI for violin, E major partita)
From the album "Christopher Parkening Plays J.S. Bach"
Written by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performed by Christopher Parkening
Courtesy of Angel Records
A Division of Capitol Records, Inc.
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hanks at his physical comedy best
14 June 2002 | by jericho31See all my reviews

It continually amazes me that Tom hanks will go down as one of the best dramatic actors of our generation and little will be spoken of how good a physical comedian he was before "Philadelphia" changed his career. Hanks made a string of movies in the 80s relying on his physical comedy ability, most notable "Big", "the burbs", "dragnet", "turner & hooch" etc. But I think that with the POSSIBLE exception of "Big" - "The Money Pit" is his best. Some of the scenes involving Hanks in this movie made me laugh so hard I couldn't breathe. This movie is intended to be a farce and it succeeds totally. The rest of the cast is not very strong - I have never, and I assume never will be, a Shelley Long fan - she doesn't do anything but provide a sounding board for Hanks anyway. But then again, she really doesn't need to.

This movie is definitely worth taking a look at if you haven't seen it - the first time you watch it, it is genuinely hilarious. I just watched it again after about three years without seeing it and found it to still hold up. The scene when the chimney falls apart is my favorite. I wish hanks would do another comedy, but he's all serious now. oh well.


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Country:

USA

Release Date:

26 March 1986 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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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:

$54,999,651
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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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