The Money Pit

March 26th, 1986


The Money Pit

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© 1986 Universal  **I.V.

A young couple struggles to repair a hopelessly dilapidated house.

Release Year: 1986

Rating: 5.9/10 (19,556 voted)

Director: Richard Benjamin

Stars: Tom Hanks, Shelley Long, Alexander Godunov

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.

Tom Hanks - Walter Fielding, Jr.
Shelley Long - Anna Crowley Beissart Fielding
Alexander Godunov - Max Beissart, the Maestro
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
Douglass Watson - Walter Fielding, Sr.
Lucille Dobrin - Macumba Lady

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

Release Date: 26 March 1986

Filming Locations: Astoria, Queens, New York City, New York, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: $5,344,555 (USA) (30 March 1986)

Gross: $54,999,651 (Worldwide)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?

For the scene with the bathtub falling two floors down after being filled with water, Tom Hanks does a obnoxious laugh. This clip of him laughing is commonly used for the Universal back-lot tour when the tour guides joke with the visitors.

Continuity: Initially, the front door swings into the house and the door knob is inside and the handle is outside. They are on the left (as viewed from outside the house). After the door and frame fall off the house it is propped up in the doorway, but the door now swings outward. The door could only do that if it were propped up backward, which it is not: the door handle is still outside and the knob is inside, and they are still on the left (when facing the house from outside).

Estelle: I'm desperate! Can we close?
Walter: We need a little time to...
Estelle: There is no time! Extradition is Friday.
Walter: Extradition?
Anna: I'll tell you later.
Estelle: I need an answer by the close of business tomorrow.
Walter: Oh, you'll have it. By the way, you have the most beautifully kept pool I've ever seen.
[Estelle breaks down and starts crying]
Walter: What did I say? What did I say?

User Review

i love this movie

Rating: 10/10

i have seen this movie so many times and it is still hilarious. regardless of what others have said i think this movie is great. the plot is not that well written but who cares this movie wants to make u laugh and it succeeds admirably. I think that this movie is great and is one of my favorite all time movies. It is absolutely hilarious. Many think that Tom Hanks is a dramatic actor, but his roots are in comedy. This movie proves that, he is absolutely perfect and hillarious. Shelley Long although not great, is the best she has ever been in a movie. Her timing and emotions are well fit for this movie. You will laugh and be touched, please vote afterwards and make this rating go up.


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