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Plaza Suite (1971)

 -  Comedy | Drama  -  12 May 1971 (USA)
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Film version of the Neil Simon play has three separate acts set in the same hotel suite in New York's Plaza Hotel with Walter Matthau in a triple role. In the first, Karen Nash tries to get... See full summary »



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Complete credited cast:
Roy Hubley / Jesse Kiplinger / Sam Nash
Norma Hubley
Muriel Tate
Karen Nash
Miss McCormack
Dan Ferrone ...
José Ocasio ...
Room Service Waiter (as Jose Ocasio)
Thomas Carey ...
Borden Eisler
Jenny Sullivan ...
Mimsey Hubley
Augusta Dabney ...
Mrs. Eisler
Alan North ...
Mr. Eisler


Film version of the Neil Simon play has three separate acts set in the same hotel suite in New York's Plaza Hotel with Walter Matthau in a triple role. In the first, Karen Nash tries to get her inattentive husband Sam's attention to spruce up their failing marriage. In the second, brash film producer Jesse Kiplinger tries to get his former one-time flame Muriel to see him for what he stands for. In the third, Roy Hubley and his wife Norma try and try to get their uncertain-of-herself daughter out of the bathroom before her approaching wedding. Written by Matthew Patay

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Book into Neil Simon's Hotel Suite for the time of your life


Comedy | Drama

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Rated PG-13 for mature thematic elements | See all certifications »




Release Date:

12 May 1971 (USA)  »

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Plaza Suite  »

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1.85 : 1
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Actor Walter Matthau and actress Lee Grant co-star in one of the film's three segments. Years later, Matthau would star with Grant's daughter Dinah Manoff in another Neil Simon adaptation, I Ought to Be in Pictures (1982). See more »


Each act is set in Suite 719. In Act 3, Ed Hubley goes out on the ledge outside the suite's window. However in the final shot of The Plaza it is clear that the ledge is outside the fourth floor (not the seventh floor). See more »


[coaxing his wife while she's on the phone]
Roy Hubley: Shtall em, shtall em. Just keep shtalling em. Whatever you do shtall em!
Norma Hubley: [on the phone to the wedding reception] Yes Mrs. Eisler we'll be down in two minutes.
Roy Hubley: Are you crazy?! I told you to shtall em!
Norma Hubley [innocently]: I did stall them - you've got two minutes.
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Referenced in All in the Family: Second Honeymoon (1973) See more »


by Johnny Mercer and Victor Schertzinger
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Kill the Interior Decorator!
13 August 2010 | by (Toronto, Canada) – See all my reviews

I sat down to watch this film because of the three wonderful actresses in the cast - Maureen Stapleton, Barbara Harris and Lee Grant - and I've never been disappointed by Arthur Hiller. I've been slow to warm to Neil Simon, but "The Sunshine Boys" had me in stitches. I mention this to indicate that I had reasonable expectations for this movie.

Now I have to be honest and admit that I could only watch one segment, it left such a nasty taste in my mouth. In it, Neil Simon presents us with a marriage that has turned sour and seems to have lost any reason for continuing. Trouble is, the pair just aren't sympathetic or particularly interesting. Never mind the husband (Walter Matthau), Maureen Stapleton as his wife drove ME crazy! Arriving, it seems, right off the set of "Bye Bye Birdie", she prowls the hotel suite, nattering incessantly and hopping from place to place like a sparrow on speed, with that irksome camera constantly pursuing her. I don't wish to sound impatient or cruel. I know she plays a doormat begging for crumbs of respect, and I know that whatever happens (past the final fade-out) she'll get the short end of the stick, and I did feel sorry for her, but her neediness and whining were irritating. As for the husband, he's a heel, plain and simple. The story provides no surprising or interesting revelations. At the end, having sat through the entire segment, I wanted to know the outcome. No such luck. Instead, there's an unmerited and annoying void between the moment when the husband strides out of the suite in the evening to meet with his "secretary" and the wife hops out of the hotel in the morning.

When the second segment started - "Just one drink," insists one of the characters (a warning to me that there would be many more) - and the creepy new Matthau persona loomed and it looked as if I was going to be stuck in that same hideous suite, with its puke green and yellow palette, for another forty minutes, I turned the movie off, and breathed a sigh of relief.

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