Madhouse (1990 film)

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Madhouse poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Tom Ropelewski
Produced by Leslie Dixon
Written by Tom Ropelewski
Music by David Newman
Cinematography Dennis C. Lewiston
Edited by Michael Jablow
Distributed by Orion Pictures
Release date
  • February 16, 1990 (1990-02-16) (U.S.)
Running time
90 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget Unknown
Box office $21,036,771 (U.S.)

Madhouse is a 1990 American comedy film starring Kirstie Alley and John Larroquette. Written and directed by Tom Ropelewski, it was produced by Boy of the Year and released by Orion Pictures.


A successful married couple with an idyllic California life see it ruined when their house is overrun by unwelcome house guests.[1]

Because of a delay in mail forwarding, Mark and Jessie Bannister only find out that a cousin, Fred, and his pregnant wife, Bernice, are flying in from New Jersey to visit on the day they arrive. Though a little unpleasant, this only lasts five days...until Bernice falls on the way to the airport and is instructed by her doctor not to leave until she delivers six months later.

Things progressively get worse as a series of unfortunate events finds Fred gone to find himself, and more and more people moving into the house, destroying it in the process.[2] Ultimately, after fifty days of hell, the couple reclaim their home in a violent act of revenge.



The film was written and directed by Tom Ropelewski,[3] and produced by Leslie Dixon. The cinematographer was Denis Lewiston.[2]


The film received a mediocre review from Roger Ebert[2] and a poor rating from the Los Angeles Times[4] and People magazine.[5]


  1. ^ a b Dennis A. Bjorklund (January 1997). Toasting Cheers: An Episode Guide to the 1982-1993 Comedy Series with Cast Biographies and Character Profiles. Praetorian Publishing. pp. 27–. ISBN 978-0-89950-962-4. 
  2. ^ a b c "Madhouse". Roger Ebert, February 16, 1990
  3. ^ Hamid Naficy (6 November 2012). A Social History of Iranian Cinema, Volume 4: The Globalizing Era, 1984–2010. Duke University Press. pp. 286–. ISBN 0-8223-4878-0. 
  4. ^ "MOVIE REVIEW : 'Madhouse' a Satire That Misses the Mark". Los Angeles Times, February 21, 1990 | MICHAEL WILMINGTON
  5. ^ "Picks and Pans Review: Madhouse". People, By Ralph Novak, March 5, 1990

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