Taglines: Who’s hunting who?
Gore Verbinski, the TV-commercials director responsible for the Budweiser frogs, directed this Adam Rifkin screenplay about two brothers (Nathan Lane and Lee Evans) who inherit a string factory and a decaying country home after the death of their father (the late William Hickey, in his last role).
After moving in, they learn that the house has historical architectural importance and is valued in the millions. However, they are constantly tormented by a mouse within the walls. They engage in cartoon-like combat against the rodent, but it manages to outwit the brothers in successive situations. Both live and animatronic mice portray the title role, and some scenes assume the mouse’s point of view. The film is dedicated to William Hickey.
MouseHunt is a 1997 American black comedy film directed by Gore Verbinski, written by Adam Rifkin and starring Nathan Lane and Lee Evans, and featured William Hickey, who died shortly after the film was shot. It was the first family film to be released by DreamWorks Pictures.
In the story, two Laurel-and-Hardy-like brothers struggle against one small house mouse for possession of a house that was willed to them by their father. The intelligent and crafty mouse outwits them completely. The film is set in a humorously indeterminate 20th century time period, with styles ranging from the 1940s to the 1970s to the 1990s.
Directed by: Gore Verbinski
Starring: Nathan Lane, Lee Evans, Vicki Lewis, Maury Chaykin, Eric Christmas, Debra Christofferson, Camilla Søeberg, Annabelle Gurwitch, Christopher Walken
Screenplay by: Adam Rifkin
Production Design by: Linda DeScenna
Cinematography by: Phedon Papamichael
Film Editing by: Craig Wood
Costume Design by: Jill M. Ohanneson
Set Decoration by: Ric McElvin
Art Direction by: James Nedza
Music by: Alan Silvestri
MPAA Rating: PG for language, comic sensuality and mayhem.
Distributed by: DreamWorks Pictures
Release Date: December 19, 1997