Dunston Checks In (1996)

PG  |   |  Comedy, Adventure, Family  |  12 January 1996 (USA)
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Young boy befriends larcenous orangutan in 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.

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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


£802,390 (UK) (19 April 1996)

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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 »


When Lionel gets his glasses off the cucumber woman's chest he is holding the end of them. When the camera changes he is not touching the glasses at all. When it goes back to the first camera he is touching them again. See more »


Robert: [sees Dunston out the window; shouts] HOLY SHIT!
Mrs. Feldman: [to Mrs. Winthrop] He must really hate the Four Seasons.
Robert: No, no!
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Referenced in Ultrachrist! (2003) 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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Dunaway checks in, out, and around
14 January 2008 | by (Portland, Oregon, USA) – See all my reviews

After a career entailing "Bonnie and Clyde", "Little Big Man", "Chinatown", "Three Days of the Condor" and "Network", might it seem really low for Faye Dunaway to act in a movie like "Dunston Checks In"? Maybe, but the movie pretty much understands what sort of movie it is: silly, harmless fun. As it is, Faye Dunaway plays the same kind of character that she played in "Network", only bitchier. And if it seems that I try too hard to analyze a movie like this, so be it. Above all, I still consider Faye Dunaway REALLY hot! And I'm sure that I always will.

Also starring Jason Alexander, Rupert Everett and Paul Reubens (aka Pee-Wee Herman).

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