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Money Pit [VHS] (1986)

Tom Hanks , Shelley Long , Richard Benjamin  |  PG |  VHS Tape
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (230 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Tom Hanks, Shelley Long, Alexander Godunov, Maureen Stapleton, Joe Mantegna
  • Directors: Richard Benjamin
  • Writers: David Giler
  • Producers: Art Levinson, David Giler, Frank Marshall, Kathleen Kennedy, Steven Spielberg
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • Studio: Universal Studios
  • VHS Release Date: March 1, 1992
  • Run Time: 91 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (230 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6300185249
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #280,041 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Editorial Reviews


Steven Spielberg produced this underwhelming 1986 effort at a slapstick spin on Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House. The pre-Oscar Tom Hanks stars with Shelley Long as a married couple whose efforts to finish construction on their home are sabotaged by costly and sporadically funny accidents. The unfinished domicile becomes a metaphor for their troubled relationship, as evidenced by Long's character's attraction to a madman violinist (Alexander Godunov). Hanks is the only reason at this point to check this film out. Richard Benjamin (My Favorite Year) directs but with no flair or distinction. --Tom Keogh.

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run timke 1 hour 31 min.

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32 of 34 people found the following review helpful
By M. Hart
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
"The Money Pit" is an underrated, romantic, slapstick comedy telling the story of an unmarried couple that unwittingly decides to purchase a large house in dire need of repair. The couple, Walter Fielding, Jr. (Tom Hanks) and Anna Crowley Beissart (Shelley Long), have a strong relationship until Anna's former husband, Max Beissart (Alexander Godunov), returns to claim the apartment where they have been living in NYC. Being forced to move, Walter and Anna decide to purchase a house and find what they believe is a dream house being sold by a seemingly eccentric widow, Estelle (Maureen Stapleton), in Long Island. Walter and Anna hurriedly purchase the house and move in. However, after a series of mishaps, they soon discover that their dream house has a number of problems. Having both invested a sizeable amount of their savings into the house, Walter and Anna have no choice except to hire contractors with dubious reputations to repair the problems.
Anyone who has dealt with home repair issues (as I have) will no doubt identify with the trials and tribulations endured by Walter and Anna. Of course, many of the mishaps they experience in the film are exaggerated but very memorable, including the falling staircase, the crashing bathtub and the exploding kitchen. Naturally, stress resulting from the amount of money invested, the various mishaps and the prolonged loss of privacy due to the presence of many construction workers severely tests Walter and Anna's relationship. Max's presence as conductor of the symphony where Anna performs as a violinist doesn't help matters either.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Great! October 4, 2003
One of the best screwball comedy/romance movies of the last 20 years. Finally on DVD after a long standing dispute with its famous director.
Shelly Long gives what is likely the best performace of her career, she actually carries Tom Hanks, who also puts in a good performance.
People who dont like this movie seem to take it too seriously, not expecting screwball gags from the likes of Hanks and Long. Once you embrace this movie for what it is, every moment is pure comic genius.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars SCENES MISSING July 24, 2005
I love this movie, but in the DVD version there are some scenes that are missing. The entire sequence where they spend there first night in the house and actually break the step is totally left out! Also the scene with the trees falling is cut short. Those were the two I noticed but there may be more. Why do studios do this? It is a total letdown to fans.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars DVD Missing Scene January 22, 2004
By A Customer
One of my favorite movies. Very funny. I just bought it on DVD and was surprised to find one of the scenes "falling trees" was cut out! I expected it would be the same version I had seen many times before.
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20 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Truly Funny Movie August 5, 2003
Go ahead and buy this one. The movie is an absolute riot. Anyone who has ever looked at a home improvement project and thought, "piece of cake", will probably need to wear Depends while watching this movie.
There are so many great lines in this movie that they just keep cropping up in my life. All I need to say to my wife is, "maybe a little dinner, some dancing, that's it" and she's on the floor.
There is one "conflict" scene that I think the movie could've done without, but what do I know, I'm only a viewer. But it does give a setup for a great plasterer line.
If you have "weak trees", bad plumbing, or any of a plethora of other home adventures you will enjoy this movie.
Recommended with absolutely no reservations.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Screwball comedy, 80's style August 21, 2002
Format:VHS Tape
Totally wacky 80's flick, starring Tom Hanks and Shelley Long. This, and Bringing Up Baby, are the two films I turn to when I need a serious pick-me-up. It's nice to know that no "bad" day can ever be as bad as theirs!
All sorts of bizarre, hilarious things happen when Hanks and Long decide to bite the bullet and join the ranks of homeowners. Too bad their house begins falling apart the moment they buy it.
Key moments:
the staircase
the black hole in the study
the contractors
the kitchen
It's rather dated, as all 80's things are, but well worth a look. In this slapsticky version of Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House, Hanks plays one of his trademark roles - the bewildered man fruitlessly trying to make sense of his mad, mad world. It's laugh-out-loud funny no matter how many times you see it.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars PURE COMEDY January 21, 2001
By Lee
Format:VHS Tape
The true test that this movie is just downright funny is that I just finished going through my own mini "money pit" experience and I still howl while watching this movie!! My absolute favorite scene is when Tom Hanks gets stuck in the floor and is squeaking out "I'm here." I always laugh so hard that my abs hurt afterwards!!
No, this movie is not Oscar worthy, but if you think that Tom was at his best in Bosom Buddies and Bachelor Party, and you stopped (or were tempted to stop) watching Cheers after Shelly Long departed, then this is a movie for you. :-)
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly underrated comedy August 14, 2006
This is one of my favorite movies and I cannot understand why it was dismissed by critics. A lot of the comedy is slapstick, with collapsing stairs, flying Perdue chickens and "weak" trees. But in the context of rehabilitating the house, they can get away with it. This is a truly funny movie with none of the grossness that usually passes for comedy in Hollywood. And it is a must see for anybody who has ever rennovated a house. We are currently remodeling our home and use terms from the movie all the time from the "Shirk Brothers" to "anybody call a plumber?"
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Makes you not want to buy a home hilarious
Terrific movie Tom Hanks at his craziest
Published 10 hours ago by ernest l johnson
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
One of the best with Tom Hanks
Published 4 days ago by Sunswhisper
5.0 out of 5 stars The Money Pit ---Might Become Your Pit Someday!
I personally just finished dealing with three different contractors ---in a very similliar situation at my home! This is a very accurate and entertaining movie! Read more
Published 12 days ago by Absalom Peruq
5.0 out of 5 stars Tom Hanks at his best. A great 80s classic. Quotes for days.
This movie is a classic. It's funny, entertaining and as a homeowner I can relate. Check it out on a lazy weekend or movie night.
Published 13 days ago by Knight
5.0 out of 5 stars Same funny.
Clear copy. Same funny.
Published 13 days ago by Baltimore
4.0 out of 5 stars A light comedy, worth seeing.
Dated, and very slapstick, but still funny, and worthwhile for anyone undergoing the nightmare of home repair or renovation.
Published 15 days ago by Megan Flaherty
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great movie
Published 15 days ago by Steven R. Akers
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Still funny after all these years!
Published 16 days ago by Tammy Lee Adams
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie with lots of laughs
Looks can be deceiving. Lots of people end up buying a money pit, but turn the ugly duck into a swan. Great movie with lots of laughs.
Published 19 days ago by carol ann wright
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
I loved this movie its funny and can related to owning old home and ends on happy note
Published 21 days ago by Maureen DiBari
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