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California Suite (1978)

PG  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Romance  |  15 December 1978 (USA)
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Misadventures of four groups of guests at the Beverly Hills Hotel.

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

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The best two-hour vacation in town!

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Neil Simon's California Suite  »

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This film version had the luxury over any stage production by being able to be actually be filmed at the real life and famous Beverly Hills Hotel. The movie shot extensively inside and on the grounds of the hotel. Today the hotel's inside looks rather different, having been renovated for a whopping $150 million. Today a very strict no-filming policy is being enforced by the management, sparing its camera-shy celebrity guests of any media hassle. See more »

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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?
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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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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 »

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Four separate stories from the mind of Neil Simon
4 February 2001 | by (Chicago, Illinois) – See all my reviews

In 1971, the movie "Plaza Suite" was written by playwright Neil Simon. It featured three separate stories that all took place in that famous hotel in New York. In 1978, Simon did it again with "California Suite". This one has four separate stories and takes place at the lush Beverly Hills Hotel. I prefer "California Suite" over "Plaza Suite" because I think it's funnier and has an all-star cast. Jane Fonda and Alan Alda star in the first segment which is the only weak part of the film. Fonda and Alda play a divorced couple from New York who debate on who gets to keep their teenage daughter. This portion of the film is more serious than funny and in the process doesn't really work. Fonda and Alda give good performances but I was mostly bored with this story. The second segment is far and away the best part of the film. Maggie Smith and Michael Caine play bickering Brits in town for the Academy Awards. Smith plays an actress who's nominated for an Oscar and Caine is her companion. These two great British actors play off each other beautifully and what a honor to watch them at work. I would have liked to see more of this part of the film. It's wonderful and very funny. Interestingly enough, Smith won the Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her role her. Isn't that something? The third segment is pretty funny too if not as funny as the second segment. Walter Matthau plays a guy from Philadelphia in town for a big event in his family (no it's not the Oscars), and thanks to his goofy brother (Herbert Edelman from "The Golden Girls") ends up in a compromising position and tries to hide it from his soon-to-be arriving wife (Elaine May). The four segment is funny too but at times feels like torture. Richard Pryor and Bill Cosby play a pair of doctor friends from Chicago vacationing in L.A. with their wives, and their trip turns into a nightmare when alot of things go wrong and the two men start to get at each others throats. All in all "California Suite" is a pretty entertaining comedy, and I enjoyed it.

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