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Dinner at Eight (1989)

TV Movie  -   -  Comedy | Drama  -  11 December 1989 (USA)
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Society matron Millicent Jordan arranges a dinner party to honor some visiting aristocrat oblivious to the health and financial problems of her husband.

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A wry, insightful comedy of manners in which society matron Millicent Jordan arranges a dinner party to honor some visiting aristocrat oblivious to the health and financial problems of her husband and the emotional feelings of her daughter. Her guests include the vain, greedy, and self absorbed. Written by duke1029@aol.com

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Cena a la ocho  »

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Remake of the 1933 film, directed by George Cukor, starring Jean Harlow, Lionel and John Barrymore, Billie Burke, Wallace Beery, and Marie Dressler. See more »

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Millicent Jordan: What were Ricky and the dessert man fighting about?
Miss Wendell: Inflation...
Millicent Jordan: Inflation! Inflation! Ricky and the dessert man had to have a fight about inflation! In the kitchen! It is almost five o'clock!
Miss Wendell: We can't use the aspic.
Millicent Jordan: I know we can't use the aspic. Ricky and the dessert man have stomped all over it! Do you suppose we could call up the aspic lion store and order another one?
Miss Wendell: I don't think there is an aspic lion store...
Millicent Jordan: I know there isn't an aspic lion store! That is the point! that is the whole ...
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Harry Hamlin is the Main Course
17 April 2013 | by (Earth) – See all my reviews

In a play on modern manners, New York socialite Marsha Mason (as Millicent "Millie" Jordan) arranges a dinner party for friends, relatives and total strangers. For the most part, the results are disastrous. Decades ago, MGM's stellar production studio, with the Great Depression hidden behind the curtain, provided the original "Dinner at Eight" (1933) with a setting that cannot be duplicated. Surprisingly, writer Tom Griffin updates the classic nicely for a "Turner TV Movie". Although re-making mega-hits seldom works, this script might have been made a good mainline feature film, given a fuller crop of 1980s super-stars...

The legendary Lauren Bacall (as Carlotta "Lotta" Vance) is light and lovely, unlike predecessors in the role. But, it's handsomely addicted Harry Hamlin (as Larry Renault) who steals this version. Like John Barrymore before him, Mr. Hamlin takes advantage of the best-written role in the play. His scenes with agent Joel Brooks (as Max Kane) are especially good. Filthy rich Charles Durning (as Dan Packard) and trashy wife Ellen Greene (as Kitty) stand-in for their characters. Reluctant dinner host John Mahoney (as Oliver "Ollie" Jordan) is solid while Ms. Mason's hostess is more high-strung than flighty (see Billie Burke).

****** Dinner at Eight (12/11/89) Ron Lagomarsino ~ Harry Hamlin, Lauren Bacall, Marsha Mason, Charles Durning


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