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Mousehunt (1997)

PG | | Comedy | 19 December 1997 (USA)
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Two stumblebum inheritors are determined to rid their antique house of a mouse who is equally determined to stay where he is.

Director:

Gore Verbinski

Writer:

Adam Rifkin
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Nathan Lane ... Ernie Smuntz
Lee Evans ... Lars Smuntz
Vicki Lewis ... April Smuntz
Maury Chaykin ... Alexander Falko
Eric Christmas ... Ernie and Lars' Lawyer
Michael Jeter ... Quincy Thorpe
Debra Christofferson ... Ingrid
Camilla Søeberg ... Hilde, the Bench Lady (as Camilla Soeberg)
Ian Abercrombie ... Auctioneer
Annabelle Gurwitch ... Roxanne Atkins
Eric Poppick ... The Banker
Ernie Sabella ... Maury, the Cat Care Society Owner
William Hickey ... Rudolph Smuntz
Christopher Walken ... Caeser, the Exterminator
Cliff Emmich ... Mayor McKrinle
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Storyline

A family film about a mouse that lives in an old house where the geriatric owner dies, and Ernie and Lars Smuntz have plans for, but they have trouble getting rid of the mouse. It's like Home Alone with a mouse. Written by ShowBob <showbob@geocities.com>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

TheMouse Never Dies See more »

Genres:

Comedy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for language, comic sensuality and mayhem | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 December 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Mouse Trap See more »

Filming Locations:

Bass Lake, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$38,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,062,922, 21 December 1997

Gross USA:

$61,917,389

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$122,417,389
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Company Credits

Production Co:

DreamWorks See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The mouse doesn't appear until 20 minutes into the film. See more »

Goofs

In the closeup of Ernie looking out the restaurant door window after the mayor is put in the ambulance, the matte box is reflected in the window. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Lars: [at their father's funeral, they carry his coffin down the steps of a cathedral] Hold your end up higher, you're not holding it.
Ernie: I am too.
Lars: You are not.
Ernie: Don't worry about me. Hey, isn't that suit charcoal?
Lars: No.
Ernie: Looks charcoal gray to me, some gray polyester blend. Couldn't even find a black suit for your own father's funeral.
Lars: It's black.
Ernie: No, I'm sure it's gray.
Lars: It's black.
[...]
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Alternate Versions

DVD version contains six deleted scenes:
  • Lars Smuntz explores his late fathers office in his very own style;
  • Caesar presents his 'weapons' and tools;
  • Caesar goes Mouse hunting with a heat seeker;
  • Caesar is doing his new job in the Quality Control department of Smuntz String Cheese factory;
  • A collection of various small scenes from the auction, showing Falco getting back his cheque from Ernie after the flood and ripping it in pieces;
  • The ensemble of Smuntz String Cheese factory gathers for a photo shooting.
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Connections

Referenced in Saturday Night Live: Ben Affleck/Fiona Apple (2000) See more »

Soundtracks

The Gold Digger's Song (We're in the Money)
Written by Al Dubin and Harry Warren
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An overall sweet family comedy with enough comedy for the grown ups and enough cute mouse for the shorties.
6 October 2006 | by slumlordianSee all my reviews

Luna Macwilliams, age 6, Chicago, il.- 10 stars. "I love this movie because there are real people and a real mouse and it's real-ly funny! I also like the mouse's secret tricks that the viewer will wonder-how did he do that? Check out the mouse swinging across a chasm on a light bulb chain! It's amazing!" Kris- I give this movie 8 stars. Luna, age 6, gave it 10 stars and I thought since this is a family film, one I might not have seen without her, she deserved a voice. She gives a lot of kids flicks 10 stars, but not all. I thought the film captured the perfect feel of a cartoon, but done in live action. There are a few films that come to mind from the past that pulled off the cartoon feel, the Coen's Hudsucker Proxy, or more so even, Raising Arizona, Tim Burton's early films and a few others. None may be shot as perfectly in cartoon style as Mousehunt however, and none are as perfectly suited for kids age 3 to 10. Some of its visual delights could be called cinematic bliss, as great as anything procured by Welles or Lean. There is a fade from a white plastic home on a white cake that dissolves into a white home on a snowy white hill that should be shown in every film school. There is use of shadows and water that would make Ingmar Bergman proud. And of course, there is the mouse. The effects and photography are done so well that he convinced the kids he was real, and really smart and acrobatic. Lee Evans and Nathan Lane are perfectly cast as black and white characters. They don't look like they're related, Evan's too nice and Lane is too mean, but hey, it's a kids movie. Their characters work perfectly in the cartoon world they inhibit. They make you laugh, no matter how old you are. Christopher Walken plays an exterminator and it was right before he became overexposed in every other hip movie made. His best dialogue comes off-screen from a tape recorder. Walken could be just as funny on radio I guess, it's all in his verbiage. So rent or buy this for the family. It's one of those few gems that will have you all laughing at the same joke.


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