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California Suite (1978)

Misadventures of four groups of guests at the Beverly Hills Hotel.

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Four totally different and separate stories of guests staying at the Beverly Hills Hotel. Maggie Smith and Michael Caine come from England to attend the Oscars; Jane Fonda comes from New York, Alan Alda is her ex who lives in California; in the slapstick part Bill Cosby, Richard Pryor and their wives come to the hotel to relax and play tennis, only to find there is only one room vacant; in the fourth segment Walter Matthau arrives a day before his wife for his nephew's Bar Mitzvah while his brother (Herb Edelman) sends a prostitute to his room. Written by Jonathan (jrd@netvision.net.il)

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Neil Simon's CALIFORNIA SUITE is the story of five couples who, for diverse reasons, have come to the Beverly Hills Hotel during Academy Award® Week. See more »

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22 December 1978 (USA)  »

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Neil Simon's California Suite  »

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Trivia

The film cast includes five Oscar winners: Jane Fonda, Walter Matthau, Michael Caine, Dame Maggie Smith, and James Coburn; and three Oscar nominees: Alan Alda, Elaine May, and Richard Burton. See more »

Goofs

Sidney Cochran admonishes his wife that they have a 10:00 AM flight. He also loses count of his Librium, quipping "if I'm not up at 9:00 AM, I've overdosed." It would not be possible to wake up at 9:00 AM and travel from Beverly Hills to LAX FOR A 10:00 AM departure. See more »

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[a two-seater plane is flying over snow-capped mountains]
Harold: For heaven's sake, Wendy - look for an airport. Will you look for the airport?
Diana Barrie: Oh don't make such a fuss. Just put it down on a mountain.
Harold: What do you mean 'just put it down'? I'm lucky I can keep it up. I told you I never flew before.
Diana Barrie: Don't shout at me - I'm a first-class passenger.
Harold: You're a first class lunatic. It's all over Wendy - our relationship has a quarter of a tank to go.
Diana Barrie: Yes, but - you do love me, don't you Harold? ...
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Crazy Credits

In the opening credits, famous 70s artworks of British artist David Hockney are featured. The painting before Elaine May's name is entitled "Portrait of an Artist (Pool with two figures), 1972" and features a swimming pool with the Hollywood hills in the backdrop. The "two figures", both male, one swimming and the other standing over watching have been mysteriously edited out of the picture for some unknown reason. See more »

Connections

References The 50th Annual Academy Awards (1978) See more »

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My brief review of the film
29 June 2005 | by (Perth, Australia) – See all my reviews

An ensemble cast that dreams are made of is present in this film, and all deliver quite well, even Walter Matthau who goes a bit over-the-top. Smith deservedly won an Oscar for her role as a screen actress loses her first Oscar nomination in a very long career. As her husband, Caine is also good, but the next two best performances come from Fonda and Alda as a bickering divorced couple. Those four performers, however, only cover two out of four tales in this film, and the other two are not as well as acted and neither are they filled with the same quality of witty dialogue. It is bit weird to watch the overall film, as it becomes fragmented by the transitions between each of the stories, and towards the end the lesser interesting tales dominate. With just the Fonda/Alda and Smith/Caine stories, this is excellent, very well written stuff. With all four put together, it is still quite interesting stuff, but nothing too great.


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