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“Tom Hanks and Shelley Long star in this movie that has hysterical scenes where Hanks is trying to fix up a huge house. There were some serious parts in this as well, but the
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The Money Pit
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The Money Pit is a 1986 comedy film, and a remake of Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House. Directed by Richard Benjamin and executive produced by Steven Spielberg, the film stars Tom Hanks as Walter Fielding Jr., an entertainment industry lawyer, Shelley Long as Anna Crowley, a violist, and Alexander Godunov, who plays Max Beissart ("the Maestro"), Anna's ex-husband


The story begins with Walter and Anna learning of his father’s escape from the country after having embezzled millions of dollars. Walter and Anna hear noises and are surprised to find workmen putting furnishings around their apartment and Shatov (Yakov Smirnoff), Max’s assistant, asking them “you’re still here?!” (We learn that Walter and Anna do not own the apartment; it belongs to Anna's ex-husband Max (Alexander Godunov), who has returned unexpectedly early from a tour abroad and intends to take up residence again.)

Walter and Anna now need a place of their own. Through an unscrupulous real estate agent friend, Walter learns about a million dollar distress sale mansion. He and Anna meet the owner, Estelle (Maureen Stapleton), who claims she must sell the house quickly because her husband has been arrested by the Israelis, having been accused of being Adolf Hitler's pool boy. Her sob story and insistence of keeping the place in candlelight in order to save money “for the bloodsucking lawyers” distracts Walter and enchants Anna, who finds it ...
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Director: Richard Benjamin
Genre: Comedy
Screen Writer: David Giler
DVD Release Date: February 4, 2003
Runtime: 91 minutes
Studio: Universal Studios
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