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Blame It on the Bellboy (1992)

 -  Comedy  -  6 March 1992 (USA)
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Messrs Lawton (a hit-man), Horton (expecting some middle-aged dating agency nooky) and Orton (checking out properties for his boss) converge on the Hotel Gabriella in Venice. Linguistic ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Melvyn Orton
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Mike Lawton / Charlton Black
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Maurice Horton
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Scarpa
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Caroline Wright
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Rosemary Horton
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Patricia Fulford
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Bellboy
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Rossi
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Alfio
John Grillo ...
Hotel Manager
Andrew Bailey ...
Shady Character
Ronnie Stevens ...
Man on Plane
Enzo Turrin ...
Senior Policeman
Andy Bradford ...
Italian Victim
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Messrs Lawton (a hit-man), Horton (expecting some middle-aged dating agency nooky) and Orton (checking out properties for his boss) converge on the Hotel Gabriella in Venice. Linguistic mix-ups by the staff mean each of the trio get wrong instructions for the next day. So Horton meets up with puzzled estate agent Caroline to see what she's offering, Orton attempts to make a gang of hoods an offer they can't refuse on their villa, while Lawton sets off to rub out a lonely-hearts lady from Huddersfield. Written by Jeremy Perkins <jwp@aber.ac.uk>

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6 March 1992 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Enredos de hotel  »

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$3,104,545 (USA)
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Dudley Moore was top first billed, Bryan Brown was second billed, Richard Griffiths was billed third, Andreas Katsulas was billed fourth and Patsy Kensit received fifth billing though many posters and DVD / home video covers have Kensit third billed with Griffiths dropping back to fourth and relatively unknown Katsulas not featuring his name above the title at all. See more »

Quotes

Maurice Horton: So what's the form then? Do I pay you now?
Caroline Wright: You don't carry that sort of cash around, do you?
Maurice Horton: What sort of cash are we talking about?
Caroline Wright: Well, how much do you think it's worth?
Maurice Horton: It's all new to me.
[picks up his wallet]
Maurice Horton: Uhm, sixty? Eighty? A hundred?
Caroline Wright: Okay, a hundred. A hundred thousand is about right.
Maurice Horton: A hundred thousand? No, no. I was talking about Pounds.
Caroline Wright: Well, so am I. A hundred thousand Pounds.
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Words and Music by Morris Albert and Louis Gasté
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delightfully enjoyable farce
8 July 1999 | by See all my reviews

Take 3 Englishmen -

1. Michael Horton (a philanderer indulging in a surreptitious tryst) 2. Mike Lawton (a hit man assigned to rub out an Italian mob boss) 3. Melvin Orton (a mousey junior manager on a property-buying assignment for his overbearing boss)

and put them all in the same Venetian hotel with a bellhop who has great difficulty with the English language, and you have what promises to be a raucously funny good time, and 'Blame it on the Bellboy' delivers on the promise. This rousing comedy of confused identities comes right out of the tradition of the great British Ealing Studios film comedies of the late 50's and 60's (the same tradition 'A Fish Called Wanda' purported to come from; I found this movie a LOT funnier).

My only complaint is that some of the grim scenes of mob violence would be more at home in the 'Lethal Weapon' series; in a farce like this they seem jarringly out of place. However, beautiful Patsy Kensit's presence more than compensates for this minor complaint (she was the blonde secretary in Lethal Weapon 2, remember?).

On the whole, an A++ recommendation


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