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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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Nancy
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Murray
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Artie
Lois De Banzie ...
Mrs. Winthrop
Natalie Core ...
Mrs. Feldman
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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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Apestreker  »

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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

The cake on Mrs. Dubrow's gown changes between shots. See more »

Quotes

[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 »

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

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Happy Birthday to You
Written by Mildred J. Hill and Patty S. Hill
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The Ape - Faye Dunaway - The Cake! It works on so many levels!
29 September 2000 | by (Boston, MA) – See all my reviews

When I tell people this is one of my favorite movies, they look at me as though I'm nuts. Okay, Citizen Kane it ain't, but even after repeat viewings I still laugh out loud. Pure escapism; who hasn't wanted to have an entire luxury hotel as a private playground? The "villains" are larger than life (terribly polite Rupert Everett as the monkey-abusing jewel thief, plus Faye Dunaway all but waving a wire hanger as the ultimate Evil Boss), the kids are cute without being gooey, and Jason Alexander does a good job as the hotel manager, playing it straight but enjoying the ride (the long climactic scene, with a mano-a-mano fight in the hotel kitchen, is the closest thing to a live cartoon). Hiss as mean Lord Rutledge threatens the monkey! Cheer as the fat guy falls on top of a frosting-smeared Dunaway! Laugh as the crazy red ape dresses up in lingerie and blows kisses at himself!


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