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The Hotel New Hampshire (1984)

R | | Comedy, Drama | 9 March 1984 (USA)
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.



(novel), (screenplay)

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Lilly (as Jennie Dundas)
Wally Aspell ...
Hotel Manager
Jobst Oriwol ...
German Man (as Jobst Oriwal)
Linda Clark ...
German Woman
Nicholas Podbrey ...
Boy with Rifle
Norris Domingue ...
High School Band Conductor


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


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Release Date:

9 March 1984 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Hotel New Hampshire  »

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Box Office


$7,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,075,800, 11 March 1984, Limited Release

Gross USA:

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The two star-teamed leads of the later movie Mesmerized (1985), Jodie Foster and John Lithgow, had both appeared in filmed adaptations of novels by John Irving, they being The Hotel New Hampshire (1984) and The World According to Garp (1982) respectively. For the latter, actor Lithgow was nominated for the Best Supporting Actor Academy Award but lost out to Louis Gossett Jr. for An Officer and a Gentleman (1982). See more »


In the award ceremony scene, numerous Austrian flags are show, but all are the civil/merchant version. As an official government function, the flags would have been the state flag (the government flag.) Unlike the United States, Austria and many other nations have multiple national flags for different purposes (government, civilian/merchant, military, on shore versus afloat, etc.) Austria's state flag bears the national coat of arms in the centre, overlapping into both of the red bars. The vertical version of the state flag has the coat of arms turned 90 degrees and placed within a shield. None of the flags in the scene bore the coat of arms. See more »


Multiple Characters: Keep passing the open windows.
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Crazy Credits

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


References The Great Gatsby (1949) See more »


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By Robert 'Bumps' Blackwell & John Marascalco
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Characters who are allowed to be mad
7 January 1999 | by See all my reviews

Slowly I realize what Homer Simpson meant when he said: "I wanna be John Irving!" No, seriously, that was just supposed to be a joke. The ONLY movie I know "The Hotel New Hampshire" can be compared to is "The World According to Garp" - as this one based on a novel by John Irving.

Sometimes this movie makes you think that it's a mediocre and senseless one. That it's gross and abnormal. But that is John Irving! Like in "Garp", sex plays a central role in "New Hampshire" - and it's turned upside down. In "Garp", Glenn Close *raped* a dying man. In this movie, Jodie Foster is raped, she and her brother (Rob Lowe) want to make love and know that they will eventually - and they tell each other. They also tell each other everything about their sexual relationships, they talk about whom they fancy and how they should make love with them. Sex is always present in the development of the characters, but at another level as normally, i.e. as the most normal thing of the world, basically.

The main reason why that strange movie works is that the characters are very interesting. They are grotesque, alright, but something makes them real. The point is, that the characters in this movie are allowed to dream and even to be really mad. However, there are frontiers to their freedom, it's just not the same frontiers as we know. They make the frontiers themselves. Their frontiers allow the siblings to make love - on ONE single looong afternoon. And that scene is not as disturbing as it is kind of beautiful and touching, because THESE characters CAN do this! It's the *radicals* in Vienna who bring us back to the real world - still in a grotesque way. Well, and there are sooo many important characters in this movie - that makes it!

The actors are fabulous. Jodie Foster can never be bad, Rob Lowe is believeable and Amanda Plummer is as good as always. A real stand-out is young Jennie Dundas. About twelve or how old she was then, she looks so adult in terms. She does not have to hide opposite stars of Jodie Foster's kind here, she is really great. What she does is make a quite unreal character come to life - quietly but impressive and likeable. Well, it's no normal movie and there should not be many more of its kind. But, though confusing and gross, there are so many things that you must see. The characters, the actors, the freedom to be mad. Almost as good as "Garp"; there may be worse movies that I rated 8 out of 10.

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