California Suite (1978) - Plot Summary Poster

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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)
  • Staying at the Beverly Hills Hotel, classically trained British actress Diana Barrie and her antiques dealer husband Sidney Cochran are in town to attend the Oscar ceremony as Diana has been nominated for her first ever Best Actress Oscar for what she considers a comic trifle of a movie. Beyond Diana dealing with nerves in the lead up to the ceremony, Diana and Sidney confront the "elephant in the room" issue affecting their marriage, that elephant about which they rarely speak. A marriage long past is that of Bill and Hannah Warren, who divorced nine years ago. New York based Hannah is staying at the hotel to meet with Los Angeles based screenwriter Bill, as their seventeen year old daughter Jenny, of who Hannah has primary custody, had earlier run off on her own volition to live with Bill until she becomes of age next year and heads off to college. Their discussion about what to do about Jenny highlights the fundamental differences in temperament between the two, with uptight intellectual Hannah abhorring the vacuous California lifestyle, which is now epitomized by Bill. A marriage more on solid ground is that of Philadelphia based Marvin and Millie Michaels, who are in town to attend the bar mitzvah of their nephew, the son of Marvin's sex obsessed brother, Harry. Marvin has arrived at the hotel a day earlier than Millie. But their marriage may be in trouble if Millie, upon her arrival, discovers what Marvin is hiding in his bed. And a lost reservation and a full hotel the result of the Oscars is only the latest problem facing traveling companions, couples Dr. & Mrs. Chauncey Gump, and Dr. & Mrs. Willis Panama. Chauncey and Willis are increasingly at odds with each other on this, their driving vacation, which is exacerbated by what is turning out to be Murphy's Law seemingly at every move that they make.

    - Written by Huggo
  • Four sets of people arrive in California and stay at the same hotel. One of these persons is Hannah Warren from New York, who has come to take her daughter who ran away from her and would like to stay with her father Bill. So Bill and Hannah spend the day bickering while trying to decide what's best for their daughter. Another one is British actress Diana Barrie, who's nominated for an Academy Award and is attending the thing with her husband Sidnet Cochran who is not the (entertainment) business. And two doctors, Willis Panama and Chauncy Gump, and their wives. Chauncy has been complaining all the way, and when they arrive they learn that only the Panamas have a room but the Gumps are forced to stay in a small single. And Marvin who came to town for his nephew's bar mitzvah, knowing that his wife is not with him his brother takes him out for a little carousing and when he returns he finds a hooker waiting for him. The next day his wife arrives.

    - Written by rcs0411@yahoo.com
  • Misadventures of four groups of guests at the Beverly Hills Hotel.

    - Written by Anonymous


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