Housesitter

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Overview

In this romantic comedy from director Frank Oz, Steve Martin plays Boston architect Newton Davis, an impulsive dreamer who builds a bucolic dream home for his girlfriend (Dana Delany) as a means of proposing to her -- only she turns him down. Three months later, the depressed Davis meets a waitress who calls herself Gwen (Goldie Hawn), though pretending to be Hungarian proves to be only the first of her many deceptions. Davis has a one-night stand with Gwen during which he tells her the sad story of the house, ...
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Overview

In this romantic comedy from director Frank Oz, Steve Martin plays Boston architect Newton Davis, an impulsive dreamer who builds a bucolic dream home for his girlfriend (Dana Delany) as a means of proposing to her -- only she turns him down. Three months later, the depressed Davis meets a waitress who calls herself Gwen (Goldie Hawn), though pretending to be Hungarian proves to be only the first of her many deceptions. Davis has a one-night stand with Gwen during which he tells her the sad story of the house, which remains unoccupied just outside the city in his hometown of Dobbs Mills, because he can't bear to sell it. Following what seems to be a familiar path for this con artist, Gwen locates the house, figuring she can take up residence without anyone noticing. During a trip to the local grocery, she ends up telling the proprietor she's Davis' wife while trying to charge her purchases to his account. When she offers the same story to a local furniture dealer (Donald Moffat), unaware he's Davis' father, it triggers a string of fabrications in which the shocked Davis unwittingly becomes a co-conspirator. Seeing an opportunity of his own, Davis allows Gwen to stay in the house and agrees to go along with her story in hopes of winning back his jealous ex. Of course, this also necessitates outlandish lie upon outlandish lie, leaving the whole enterprise forever on the verge of collapse.
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Editorial Reviews

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The dream pairing of Steve Martin and Goldie Hawn does not produce the comic gold, so to speak, one would hope for, but Housesitter still has its share of lukewarm pleasures. Frank Oz's follow-up to the hits Dirty Rotten Scoundrels and What About Bob? is at its best when allowing the two veterans to engage in their experts-only subliminal sparring. As lie builds upon lie and both must go along with the others' whoppers for their own preservation, it's wonderful to watch Martin and Hawn match wits, trying to work each other into a corner without blowing the whole charade. The frustration, disbelief, and panic they barely contain, instead forcing a smile and having to run with the other's story, is priceless. However, the script on the whole doesn't live up to these best moments, asking altogether too many characters to play a lot dumber than they would really be. The ending is too hasty to sit well, for that matter. There's something too restrained about Housesitter, especially if one considers it a screwball comedy. Martin and Hawn's verbal gymnastics are good, but one wishes Oz would have found room for their gifts at physical comedy, which both have made something of a trademark. Still, their other trademarks -- Martin's righteous outrage ("I punched a totally innocent Hungarian!") and Hawn's blithe teasing -- make Housesitter worth recommending to their fans.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/22/1998
  • UPC: 025192031922
  • Original Release: 1992
  • Rating:

  • Source: Universal Studios
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Theatre Wide-Screen (1.85.1)
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Sound: Dolby Digital Surround
  • Language: English, Fran├žais
  • Time: 1:42:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 22,326

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Steve Martin Newton Davis
Goldie Hawn Gwen
Dana Delany Becky
Julie Harris Edna Davis
Donald Moffat George Davis
Peter MacNichol Marty
Richard B. Shull Ralph
Laurel Cronin Mary
Roy Cooper Moseby
Christopher Durang Reverend Lipton
Heywood Hale Broun Travis
Cherry Jones Patty
Vasek Simek Karol
Suzanne Whang Moseby's Secretary
Mary Klug Lorraine
Alice Duffy Hazel
Ken Cheeseman Harv
David Hannegan Party Guest
John Lyons
Bill L. McDonald Uncle Ray
Rose-Ann San Martino Shopkeeper
Tony V. Bus Driver
Ricardo Pitts-Wiley Bus Driver
Belle McDonald Aunt Betty
Kevin O'Brien Caterer Truck Driver
Maggie Steig Party Guest
Molly D. Gerard Party Guest
Edward Mason Party Guest
Grenville Cuyler Party Guest
Hazel Gardner Mother with Stroller
Phyllis Jubett Gould Dobb's Mill Pedestrian
George Jones Restaurant Guest
Moira J. McCarthy Restaurant Guest
Michael Nurse Dedication Ceremony Speaker
Howe F. Perrigo Bus Person
Patricia Madden China Shop Proprietor
Technical Credits
Frank Oz Director
John A. Alonzo Cinematographer
Jack Blackman Art Director
Marty Bolger Sound/Sound Designer
Betsy Cox Costumes/Costume Designer
Tracy Doyle Set Decoration/Design
Miles Goodman Score Composer
Brian Grazer Producer, Screenwriter
John Jympson Editor
Karen Kehela Associate Producer
John Lyons Casting
Philip Messina Set Decoration/Design
Ida Random Production Designer
Jefferson Sage Art Director
Jeff Sage Production Designer
Mark Stein Screenwriter
Bernard Williams Executive Producer
Michelle Wright Associate Producer
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Chapter List
1. Opening Credits [7:03]
2. Gwen Do You Get Off? [8:41]
3. Homeward Bound [4:46]
4. Off To A Good Start [9:32]
5. Caught In A Trap [10:21]
6. Davis Strikes Back [4:37]
7. Divine Intervention [5:16]
8. Married Life [8:37]
9. Kicking Architectural Butt [5:20]
10. Heating Up An Old Flame [5:53]
11. Righting A Wrong [5:33]
12. Family Gathering [7:51]
13. An Irish Lullaby [4:36]
14. Davis Stories [5:07]
15. The Truth At Last [4:27]
16. End Credits [3:34]
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Bonus Materials
      Production Notes
      Cast & Filmmakers
         Steve Martin as Newton Davis
         Goldie Hawn as Gwen
         Dana Delany as Becky
         Julie Harris as Edna Davis
         Donald Moffat as George Davis
         Peter MacNicol as Marty
         Directed by Frank Oz
      Theatrical Trailer
   Language Selection
      Spoken Languages
      Captions & Subtitles
   Play
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