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Dunston Checks In (1996)

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



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Lord Rutledge
Graham Sack ...
Buck LaFarge
Lionel Spalding
Nathan Davis ...
Victor Dubrow
Mrs. Dellacroce
Lois De Banzie ...
Mrs. Winthrop
Natalie Core ...
Mrs. Feldman


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

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

12 January 1996 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Apestreker  »

Box Office


$18,838,000 (USA)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Some of the interior New York hotel scenes were filmed in Los Angeles at the old Bullocks Wilshire Building, which is no longer open. Others were also filmed at the Dorchester Hotel in London. See more »


During the Royal Suite scene, the shirt under Kyle's overalls changes. Even if one assumed that Kyle "packed an extra shirt" when they brought Dunston to the suite, the shirt change would still be an editing error as the shirt changes twice AFTER Kyle takes a bath. See more »


[first lines]
Doorman: Welcome to the Majestic Hotel.
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Crazy Credits

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 »


Referenced in Suburgatory: T-Ball & Sympathy (2013) See more »


Have Fun, Go Mad!
Written by Blair Mackichan and Phil Taylor
Performed by Blair
Courtesy of Mercury Records, Ltd. (London)
by arrangement with PolyGram Film & TV Licensing
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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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