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Plaza Suite (1971)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 12 May 1971 (USA)
Three vignettes, each set in room 719 of New York's Plaza Hotel, make up this comedy.

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Borden Eisler
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Storyline

Three separate stories concerning relationship issues are presented, each largely taking place in suite 719 of the Plaza Hotel in New York City. In story one, suburban New Yorkers Sam and Karen Nash are spending the night in the hotel as their house is being painted, but more importantly for Karen because it is their twenty-"something" wedding anniversary, the hotel where they spent their honeymoon. While Karen wants to recreate the romance that she remembers of their wedding night, Sam is preoccupied with business matters. But it is other issues that highlight their fundamental differences that may demonstrate if they will make it to twenty-something plus one. In story two, womanizing Hollywood movie producer Jesse Kiplinger has exactly two hours free during his whirlwind stay in New York, which he wants to fill with a quickie. Of the many women he calls, the first to agree to meet at his suite is his old hometown flame, married Muriel Tate. Muriel, who knows what Jesse wants, he who... Written by Huggo

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Through these portals pass the most mixed-up mortals See more »

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Rated PG-13 for mature thematic elements | See all certifications »
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Apartament la Hotelul Plaza  »

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Trivia

In 1969, Paramount announced that the movie's three vignettes would star George C. Scott and Maureen Stapleton (both of whom had played all the roles on Broadway); Peter Sellers and Barbra Streisand; and Walter Matthau and Lucille Ball. In the end Matthau wound up playing all male roles, with Barbara Harris subbing for Streisand, and Lee Grant playing Ball's role. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

[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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Followed by London Suite (1996) See more »

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Tangerine
Written by Johnny Mercer and Victor Schertzinger
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Kill the Interior Decorator!
13 August 2010 | by 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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