Tom Hanks Archives
The Money Pit

Character: Walter Fielding
Directed by: Richard Benjamin
Written by: David Giler
Produced by: Frank Marshall, Kathleen Kennedy, Art Levinson, Steven Spielberg
Other cast: Shelley Long, Alexander Godunov, Maureen Stapleton, Joe Mantegna
Release date: March 26, 1986
Genre: Comedy
Running time: 1h 31min

Young lovers Walter and Anna are house-sitting the New York City apartment owned by Max, Anna's ex-husband, who suddenly decides to toss them out. Needing a new home, they settle on buying a country estate outside the city, which is available for a suspiciously low price. It soon becomes apparent why, as doors fall off their hinges, staircases come tumbling down and a bathtub falls through the floor. The couple's relationship suffers similarly.


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

Character’s Quotes

• Here lies Walter Fielding. He bought a house, and it killed him.
• You can’t do that! You’ve spent years making your name a household word. Your name is perfect! Cheap Girls. I love it.
• No, no you cannot call yourselves Meryl Streep. […] No, in fact considering your act, I think I can guarantee a giant lawsuit.
• Yeah! You go to Motor Vehicles to get your license renewed, and you get on this line that reaches to Spain, and right next to it is this little short line with only two guys on it, but you don’t get on that line, ’cause you think something must be “wrong” with it – otherwise everyone else would be on it – so you waste three hours!
• Look, I’m very sorry I wasn’t here this afternoon. What can I say? My wife was poisoned and taken to the hospital… Well, what would cut any ice with you?… A bribe? Sure, can you be here in a half an hour? All right. Cash, no problem.