December 19th, 1997



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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.

Release Year: 1997

Rating: 6.1/10 (20,658 voted)

Critic's Score: 54/100

Director: Gore Verbinski

Stars: Nathan Lane, Lee Evans, Vicki Lewis

A family film about a mouse that lives in an old house where the geriatric owner dies, and 'Nathan Lane' and

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 - The Banker
Ernie Sabella - Maury, the Cat Care Society Owner
William Hickey - Rudolph Smuntz
Christopher Walken - Caeser, the Exterminator
Cliff Emmich - Mayor McKrinle

Taglines: TheMouse Never Dies

Release Date: 19 December 1997

Filming Locations: Bass Lake, California, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $38,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: $6,062,922 (USA) (21 December 1997) (2152 Screens)

Gross: $61,834,214 (USA) (10 May 1998)

Technical Specs

Runtime:  | Germany:

Did You Know?

Eric Christmas' last film.

Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): The length of Ernie's hair changes between shots.

[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.

User Review


Rating: 9/10

When I first saw this movie in the theater, I did not really know what to expect. In the end, I never laughed so hard in my life. Granted, its not everyone's kind of humor (which certainly can be seen by the IMDB people that trashed it) but it is an extremely intelligent, yet slapstick dark comedy that may have you rolling on the floor.

I do not think that this movie is good for kids. From the very beginning, the movie isn't afraid to "cross the line" by causing upheaval at a funeral. But it handles things without the gratuitous use of sex, unlike most comedies these days.

Some of the funniest things about Mousehunt are in the details. (Keep an eye on the painting...) But the thing that I enjoyed the most was how the mouse was interweaved into the rest of the story. Although the movie isn't really about a mouse (it was about two brothers coming together in the wake of their father's death), I think we all could use a little chaos in our lives once in a while.


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