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The Money Pit (1986)

Tom Hanks , Shelley Long , Richard Benjamin  |  PG |  DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (202 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Tom Hanks, Shelley Long, Alexander Godunov, Maureen Stapleton, Joe Mantegna
  • Directors: Richard Benjamin
  • Writers: David Giler
  • Producers: Frank Marshall, Kathleen Kennedy, Art Levinson, Steven Spielberg
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, Dubbed, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), English (DTS 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Universal Studios
  • DVD Release Date: February 4, 2003
  • Run Time: 91 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (202 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00007GZQZ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,406 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Money Pit" on IMDb

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Two-time Oscar winner Tom Hanks stars with Shelley Long in this devastatingly hilarious comedy romp from executive producer Steven Spielberg. Evicted from their Manhattan apartment, Walter and Anna (Hanks and Long) buy what looks like the home of their dreams – only to find themselves saddled with a bank-account-draining nightmare. Struggling to keep their relationship together as their rambling mansion falls to pieces around them, the two hapless homeowners watch in hilarious horror as everything – including the kitchen sink – disappears into The Money Pit. It’s an outrageously entertaining comedy for everyone who’s ever been deeply in love…or deeply in debt.

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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
3.0 out of 5 stars SCENES MISSING July 24, 2005
Format:DVD
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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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Great! October 4, 2003
Format:DVD
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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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars DVD Missing Scene January 22, 2004
By A Customer
Format:DVD
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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19 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Truly Funny Movie August 5, 2003
Format:DVD
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly underrated comedy August 14, 2006
Format:DVD
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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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
4.0 out of 5 stars relaxing comedy February 25, 2007
By Itam
Format:DVD
This is a good romantic comedy. Just relax and enjoy it.

By the way, there are no guns and almost no crimes in the movie.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT MOVIE
WANTED THIS TO BE ADDED TO MY MOVIE COLLECTION.LOVE TOM HANKS IN AN MOVIE. I AM GOING TO BUY MORE MOVIES FROM AMAZON
Published 55 minutes ago by lance76
4.0 out of 5 stars One of my favorites, but not PG
This movie is a classic and personal favorite. I must have seen it 100 times while my husband and I were remodeling our first home. Read more
Published 1 day ago by Denis Graves
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie
This movie is a classic! It also still holds true to any couple trying to remodel. The phrase "money pit" is still used today.
Published 4 days ago by Tammy McClurg
5.0 out of 5 stars The Money Pit
Such a fun, joyful movie! With all the problems they had the love still shown through it all! Delightful for the whole family!!
Published 4 days ago by Nancy Chapman
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this movie!!!
This movie is sweet and hilarious!! I've seen it a bunch of times and it is still funny!! Tom Hanks is great.
Published 8 days ago by Amelia
3.0 out of 5 stars Flawed but funny
First half is great. Second half falls off the table. You end up not liking the two main characters because they act so stupid in the end (she's mad at him for being mad at her... Read more
Published 10 days ago by Sammy Darko
2.0 out of 5 stars bad tape
my wife and i were watching this movie and it stopped streaming after approximately 20 minutes and i could not get it to come back on. Read more
Published 11 days ago by james hetrick
5.0 out of 5 stars Cute movie
Very cute movie! Love Shelley Long and Tom Hanks - they are great together. Good family movie - provided lots of laughs.
Published 18 days ago by Pamela Houston
5.0 out of 5 stars DVD collection maker!!!
One of my all time favorite comedies! This movie speaks to anyone, no matter what age! It is brilliant in its humor and perfectly timed with two amazing comedians. Read more
Published 23 days ago by shannon lovelace
5.0 out of 5 stars Watch great gags
Greatest comedy of the 80s I crack up every time I watch the part where he falls Down the scaffold.
Published 1 month ago by Amy Lodholz
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