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Dunston Checks In (1996)

A young boy befriends a larcenous orangutan in a luxury hotel.

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Lord Rutledge
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Buck LaFarge
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Lionel Spalding
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Victor Dubrow
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Mrs. Dellacroce
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Murray
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Artie
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Mrs. Winthrop
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Storyline

Robert's a beleaguered concierge of the luxury hotel owned by Mrs. Dubrow. She tells Robert an undercover reviewer is coming and to look sharp. If he does well he might get a promotion and some time off to take his sons, Brian and Kyle, on vacation. But then the villainous jewel-thief Rutledge checks in with his specially trained orangutan, Dunston. And when Dunston gets loose and tries to escape a life of crime with the help of Brian and Kyle, things go just a little lunatic. Written by Kathy Li

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hotel | orangutan | boy | fistfight | cake | See All (42) »

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He's about to turn a Five Star Hotel into a three ring circus.


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Rated PG for some mild language and sensuality | See all certifications »

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12 January 1996 (USA)  »

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$18,838,000 (USA)
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Trivia

Jason Alexander who went bald at age 16 had to wear a toupee for the movie. See more »

Goofs

When Dunston goes into the spa and takes the cucumber off of the woman's face, it remains missing. But when Mr. Grant comes in, the cucumber is back on her face. See more »

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Doorman: Welcome to the Majestic Hotel.
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During the opening credits, the morning preparations in a luxury hotel are shown. As the credits end, a concierge in a top hat opens the door with the words "Welcome to the Majestic Hotel". See more »

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Referenced in Very Important Pennis: Very Important Pennis: Part 3 (1997) See more »

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Written by Mildred J. Hill and Patty S. Hill
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One of my son's favorite movies!
11 April 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Very unique plot, well acted, well directed and highly recommend! Good film for the entire family! The title and leaders might be deceiving, but what kid (or adult) doesn't love a monkey making a monkey out of snooty adults? Jason Alexander (George from "Seinfeld" being the responsible, single father of two boys and manager of a major hotel is stretch, at least initially due to his stereotype; however, after watching it a half hour you forget that it is "George" and get involved with the other characters.

Another reason to watch is to see Faye Dunaway's amazing post-op face lift and Pee-wee Herman as the "Animal Catcher"? Good, clean fun for the whole family!


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