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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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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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Debut feature film as both a screen-writer and a director for Mark Herman. 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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References The Day of the Jackal (1973) See more »

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The Perfect Moment
Music by Henry Priestman
Lyrics by Henry Priestman and Mark Herman
Performed by The Christians
©1991 Island Records Limited
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Very funny farce!
23 December 2002 | by (Jersey City, NJ) – See all my reviews

Why did this receive such a low rating? This is a delightfully funny farce that had me on the floor. It's so hilarious! It goes through with its intention of being a fast-paced, old-fashioned farce mixed with the good ol' comedy of errors. The cast is superb. I only wish Dudley Moore could've been given a funnier part - this is definitely one of his more thankless roles. Unfortunately, this was one of his last roles, if not the last. But he was still an incredible comic actor and he will surely be missed. Richard Griffiths, who I remember as the cripple in "Naked Gun 2 1/2," is extremely funny. Bryan Brown plays it straight as a bewildered hitman, and does a fantastic job. I also liked that woman who played his eventual love interest - she has some very funny scenes. And man-oh-man is Patsy Kensit a hottie or what?!!!

The script is contrived and most of the gags are forced, but I give the writer/director an "E" for effort. It's hard to pull off a wacky farce like this with great precision. It was done excellently in "Ruthless People," but not every farce can be like "Ruthless People." I said it before and I'll say it again, the sense of humor don't lie. If I'm roaring with laughter, obviously the film did its job. And I was roaring all right!

My score: 7 (out of 10)


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