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The Hotel New Hampshire (1984)

The film talks about a family that weathers all sorts of disasters and keeps going in spite of it all. It is noted for its wonderful assortment of oddball characters.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Lilly (as Jennie Dundas)
Wally Aspell ...
Jobst Oriwol ...
German Man (as Jobst Oriwal)
Linda Clark ...
Nicholas Podbrey ...
Norris Domingue ...


The film talks about a family that weathers all sorts of disasters and keeps going in spite of it all. It is noted for its wonderful assortment of oddball characters. Written by L.H. Wong <as9401k56@ntuvax.ntu.ac.sg>

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The successes and failures of an American family. See more »


Comedy | Drama | Romance


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Release Date:

9 March 1984 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Hotel New Hampshire  »

Filming Locations:


Box Office


$7,500,000 (estimated)


$5,100,000 (USA)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Early in preproduction, the rock band Queen was asked to record some songs for the movie. They completed at least one song for the soundtrack, "Keep Passing The Open Windows", but the collaboration fell through. The finished film saw no Queen contribution, but that same year their album "The Works" (1984) did feature this song. See more »


Derry, New Hampshire is spelled "Dairy" [sic] in the film. It is also spelled "Dairy" in John Irving's original novel which this movie was based on. Nonetheless, the town of Derry's high school is a private school just as in the film (i.e., the town pays tuition for its students to attend the private school). Its name is Pinkerton Academy and its colors are red and silver/white, vice the "Dairy High School" and blue and white of the film. See more »


[last lines]
Lilly: Life's a fairy tale.
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Crazy Credits

The opening credits misspell the word "association" as "associatiation". See more »


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Why all this negativity?
19 October 2004 | by (Sydney) – See all my reviews

I must say I'm surprised by all the strongly unfavourable reviews. I saw this one back in 1984 when it was first released and I loved it for the very reasons that some people here seem to hate it. It was deliciously weird. Our heroes are in an incestuous relationship, and the movie is uncritical of this. That gets the brain working from the start. Then you discover the other bizarre characters and their relationships and the movie becomes, to me at least, extremely lovable.

Admittedly, Rob Lowe's acting isn't up to much, and that's glaringly obvious here, but it doesn't destroy the film, and there's great work, as usual, from Jodie Foster to compensate.

Basically, this is a light-hearted, feel-good film that I would expect to have mass appeal. To top it off, it achieves this effect without being overly sentimental. That's rare. If you haven't seen it, give it a whirl. If you don't like it, keep on passing open windows.

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