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Dunston Checks In -- Young boy befriends larcenous orangutan in luxury hotel.

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Release Date:
12 January 1996 (USA) See more »
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He's about to turn a Five Star Hotel into a three ring circus.
Plot:
Young boy befriends larcenous orangutan in luxury hotel. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Jason Alexander ... Robert Grant

Faye Dunaway ... Mrs. Dubrow

Eric Lloyd ... Kyle Grant

Rupert Everett ... Lord Rutledge
Graham Sack ... Brian Grant

Paul Reubens ... Buck LaFarge

Glenn Shadix ... Lionel Spalding
Nathan Davis ... Victor Dubrow

Jennifer Bassey ... Mrs. Dellacroce

Judith Scott ... Nancy

Bruce Beatty ... Murray

Danny Comden ... Norm

Steven Gilborn ... Artie
Lois De Banzie ... Mrs. Winthrop
Natalie Core ... Mrs. Feldman
Eugenia Hamilton ... Frau Biedermeyer

Michelle Bonilla ... Consuelo
Alexander Walters ... William
Toribio Prado ... Bernard

Bree Turner ... French Girl
Kevin Kraft ... Desk Clerk

Peter Siragusa ... Maintenance Man
Ernest Perry Jr. ... Doorman

Frank Kopyc ... Night Doorman

Lynne Marie Stewart ... Cucumber Woman

Marceline Hugot ... Mrs. Harrison

Cynthia Martells ... Ms. Pink
Michael McCarty ... Tex
Katherine Olsen ... Mrs. Tex

Cynthia Madvig ... Kimberly
Ken Martin ... Waiter

Karen Maruyama ... Telephone Operator
Ray K. Morris ... Maintenance Man #2
Rita Minor ... Maid #1
Victoria Kemsley ... Maid #2

Ray Chang ... Bellman #1
Nicholas Garr ... Bellman #2
Roderick Bascom ... Bellman #3

Paula Malcomson ... Bellman #4
Toni Perrotta ... Maid #3
Jim Ishida ... Bali Majestic Guest
Sunni Boswell ... Bali Majestic Clerk (as Sunni)
Tracy Zahoryin ... Fashion Model

Bob Bergen ... Special Vocal Effects (voice)

Frank Welker ... Special Vocal Effects (voice)
Sam ... Dunston
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Mark Bastarache ... Waiter (uncredited)
Johnny Kim ... Hotel Clerk (uncredited)

Darren Melton ... Extra (uncredited)
Gary Pike ... Umpire (uncredited)

Directed by
Ken Kwapis 
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
John Hopkins (story)

John Hopkins (screenplay) and
Bruce Graham (screenplay)

Produced by
Todd Black .... producer
Jason Blumenthal .... co-producer
John T. Kretchmer .... associate producer
Rodney Liber .... executive producer
Joe Wizan .... producer
 
Original Music by
Miles Goodman 
 
Cinematography by
Peter Lyons Collister 
 
Film Editing by
Jon Poll 
 
Casting by
John Brace 
Linda Lowy 
 
Production Design by
Rusty Smith 
 
Art Direction by
Keith Neely 
 
Set Decoration by
Jim Samson 
 
Costume Design by
Alina Panova 
 
Makeup Department
Judy Crown .... key hair stylist
Robert Hallowell II .... hair stylist: Ms. Dunaway
Robin LaVigne .... makeup artist
Patricia Messina .... key makeup artist
Kenneth Paul Schoenfeld .... makeup artist
Linda Leiter Sharp .... hair stylist
Christina Smith .... makeup artist: Ms. Dunaway
Cass McClure .... lab assistant (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Jeffrey Downer .... unit production manager (as Jeff Downer)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Bruce A. Block .... second unit director: montage sequences
Albert Cho .... first assistant director: second unit
Susan J. Hellmann .... second assistant director: second unit (as Susan Hellmann)
Thomas A. Keith .... second second assistant director
Carole Keligian .... second assistant director
John T. Kretchmer .... first assistant director
Rodney Liber .... second unit director
Walter Scott .... second unit director
Mark Hansson .... second assistant director: additional photography (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Regina Lee Alonte .... on-set dresser (as Regina Lee Herve)
William Beavers Jr. .... property maker
Theodise Bell .... labour gang boss
Jeffrey Bogust .... property maker
Pasquale 'Pat' Buffolino .... lead person
Rocco Buffolino .... set dresser
Vincenzo Buffolino .... set dresser
Bill Cancienne .... assistant property master
M. Jerry Carroll .... set dresser
Marienus Cetani Sr. .... paint foreman (as M. Cetani)
Donna Cline .... storyboard artist
Peter Croyle .... property maker
Michael Cudlitz .... propmaker gang boss (as Mike Cudlitz)
Kevin Shawn Curran .... propmaker gang boss
Carl Denooyer .... labor foreman
John Duncan .... model maker
Barbara Dunlap .... property master
Jim Ealey .... construction first aid
Mindy Frank .... signwriter
Scott Genofile .... property maker
Jennifer Lee Hirsch .... set dresser
Tom Ivanjack .... stand-by painter
Darin Jones .... set designer
Carl Keller .... signwriter
Steven King .... assistant property master
Michael Kolb .... paint gang boss
Janet Kusnick .... storyboard artist
Michael Levitre .... sculptor
David Lombard .... set dresser
Walter Lucas .... signwriter
Stephen MacMillin .... set dresser
Ron Moser .... property maker
Rick Newsome .... storyboard artist
Thomas A. O'Conor .... property maker
Des O'Regan .... set dresser
Annie O'Sullivan-Pittman .... draper
Joe Olsen .... property master: second unit
Lars Petersen .... construction coordinator (as Lars Herbert Petersen III)
Chris Peterson .... set dresser
Nicholas Rempel .... property maker (as Nick Rempel)
Ed Rieff Jr. .... property maker
Theodore Sharps .... set designer
Laurie Stevens .... art department coordinator
John L. Sullivan .... propmaker gang boss
Dan Sweetman .... storyboard artist
Mindy R. Toback .... set designer (as Mindi Toback)
Steven C. Voll .... construction foreman
Michael Wohlers .... plasterer
Diah Wymont .... buyer
Craig Zumbroegel .... property maker
Marc Christie .... laborer (uncredited)
Jennifer Croyle .... set decorator buyer (uncredited)
Matthew D. Egan .... propmaker (uncredited)
David Halver .... on-set art department assistant: Malibu & Bullock's Wilshire locations (uncredited)
Daren Janes .... set designer (uncredited)
Edward T. Reiff Jr. .... set constructor (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
George H. Anderson .... supervising sound editor (as George Anderson)
Mary Andrews .... adr editor
David A. Arnold .... dialogue editor (as David Arnold)
Craig Berkey .... sound effects editor
James Bolt .... sound re-recording mixer (as Jim Bolt)
Bill Burns .... first assistant sound editor
Ted Caplan .... foley editor
Gary W. Carlson .... stage engineer
Gregory Cheever .... sound recordist (as Gregory T. Cheever)
Susan Dawes .... digital sound assistant (as Susan Shackelford)
Linda Di Franco .... digital sound assistant
Sean Garnhart .... sound effects editor
David Giammarco .... supervising adr editor
Don Givens .... foley recordist
Rick Hart .... sound re-recording mixer
Ellen Heuer .... foley artist
Scott A. Jennings .... sound effects editor
David Jobe .... foley mixer
Robert L. King II .... cable person
Bill King .... boom operator
Clark King .... sound mixer (as Clark D. King)
Dave Kulczycki .... dialogue editor (as David Kulczycki)
Cindy Marty .... sound effects editor
Christopher Moriana .... foley artist
Charleen Richards .... adr recordist (as Charlene Richards)
Roy Seeger .... assistant adr editor
Greg Steele .... adr recordist
Donald Sylvester .... foley supervisor
Paul Urmson .... sound effects editor
Dan Wallin .... sound re-recording mixer
Gayle Wesley .... technical sound supervisor
 
Special Effects by
David Cohen .... mold maker
Tom Del Genio .... special effects foreman
Mike Gelfuso .... special effects
John C. Hartigan .... special effects coordinator
Mauricio Moreno .... mold maker
Gary Phillips .... special effects
Steve Fink .... special effects makeup (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Elaine Alexander .... creature effects
Craig Barron .... visual effects supervisor
Krystyna Demkowicz .... executive in charge of production: Matte World Digital
Christopher Evans .... chief digital matte artist (as Chris Evans)
Caroleen Green .... digital matte artist
Martin Matzinger .... effects editorial
Cameron Noble .... 3D element rendering
Paul Rivera .... digital composite supervisor
 
Stunts
Tony Lee Boggs .... stunts
Brian Burrows .... stunts
Phil Culotta .... stunts
Alex Gaona .... stunts
Gary Guercio .... stunts (as Gary L. Guercio)
Rusty Hanson .... stunts
Robert Jauregui .... stunts
Keoni Kramer .... stunts
Milt Larsen .... stunts
Brian Joseph Moore .... stunts
John Robotham .... stunts (as John M. Robotham)
J.P. Romano .... stunts
Pat Romano .... stunts
John-Clay Scott .... stunts
Lori Scott .... stunts
Walter Scott .... stunt coordinator
Wesley Scott .... stunts
Sammy Thurman .... stunts
Verne Troyer .... stunts (as Verne J. Troyer)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Dennis 'Dink' Adams .... best boy grip
Anthony Lee Beverly .... key grip (as Anthony Beverly)
Anthony Caldwell .... dolly grip (as Tony Caldwell)
Wade Childress .... plate photographer
Keith Collea .... video assist operator
Tracy Allen Davey .... camera loader
Donald D. Davidson .... assistant chief lighting technician
Michael Delahoussaye .... camera operator
Michael Delahoussaye .... director of photography: second unit
Dejon Ellis .... grip
Martha Fay .... lighting technician
Mark Fellman .... still photographer
Aaron J. Galang .... grip
Brett F. Gates .... second assistant camera: "a" camera
Ken Glassing .... first assistant camera: "b" camera
Lloyd Gowdy .... lighting technician
Shane D. Kelly .... chief lighting technician
Patrick Loungway .... plate photographer
Peter Mercurio .... first assistant camera: "a" camera
Juan Morse .... lighting technician
Bruce M. Pasternack .... camera operator (as Bruce Pasternack)
Blake Pike .... grip
Jerome Pondella .... lighting technician
Michael 'Spike' Ryan .... grip
Geoff Shotz .... lighting technician
Bobby Thomas .... best boy grip
Poly Veitzer .... second assistant camera: "b" camera
Lester Boykin .... set lighting technician: second unit (uncredited)
Paul Jacobsen .... set lighting technician: second unit (uncredited)
Larry Kaster .... gaffer: second unit (uncredited)
Ron Kunecke .... night light operator (uncredited)
Jesse Mather .... lighting technician (uncredited)
Michael McCormack .... video assist operator (uncredited)
Andrea Sachs .... gaffer (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Dixie Webster .... extras casting
Terri Douglas .... adr voice casting (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Eugenie Krager .... costumer
Cherlyn Lanning .... costumer: Ms. Dunaway
Noel Leonard .... costumer
Nancy McArdle .... costume supervisor
Jo Torngren .... cutter/fitter
 
Editorial Department
Phillip J. Bartell .... assistant editor
Gary Burritt .... negative cutter
Curtis Croeni .... first assistant editor
Greg Hayden .... additional film editor
Ken Martin .... post-production coordinator
David O'Neill .... post-production assistant
William Pine .... color timer (as Bill Pine)
Jeff Spagnolo .... post-production assistant
 
Music Department
Bob Bornstein .... music preparation
Oscar Castro-Neves .... orchestrator
Sandy DeCrescent .... orchestra contractor
Nancy Fogarty .... music editor
Lesley Langs .... assistant music editor
Joel Moss .... orchestra mixer
Joel Moss .... orchestra recordist
Rich Weingart .... assistant recording engineer
Brian Risner .... music re-recording mixer: temp mix (uncredited)
James Thatcher .... musician: french horn (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
Rod Bearden .... transportation co-captain
Charley Bob Burnham .... transportation coordinator
Corey Pickerill .... transportation co-captain
Marshall Taylor .... transportation captain
Greg Bronner .... driver (uncredited)
Daniel R. Suhart .... transportation (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Ines Bell .... production assistant
Bill Berwald .... craft service
Ray Blanchard .... production assistant
Mike Boxer .... animal trainer
Kelli L. Bright .... production assistant (as Kelli Bright)
George Brown .... production assistant
Carol Sue Byron .... production accountant
Cindy Byron-Fields .... payroll assistant
James Dew .... animal trainer
Bob Dunn .... animal trainer
April Fitzsimmons .... production assistant
Dirk Foster .... production assistant
Nick Garr .... assistant: Mr. Alexander
Laura Gary .... teacher
Gary Gero .... animal provider
Tim Gonzales .... craft service
Rhona Gordon .... teacher
Adrienne Hamalian-Mangine .... script supervisor
Patti Hawn .... unit publicist
Doris Hellmann .... post-production accountant
Peter Hollocker .... production/post secretary (as Peter A. Hollocker)
Larry K. Johnson .... script supervisor: second unit
Jordan Leeds .... production assistant
Diana Lui .... assistant production coordinator
Larry Madrid .... sam the orangutan trained by
Michael Morris Jr. .... animal trainer
Don Munro .... second assistant production coordinator
Cynthia Neipris .... assistant: Mr. Black
Louis Offer .... dailies coordinator
M. Ross-Michaels .... assistant production accountant
Michael L. Ryan .... medic
Stephanie Sain .... key set production assistant
Lori Schaeffer .... production assistant
Todd Carson Schurko .... production assistant
Sam Selis .... site manager
Stacey Siegel .... production assistant
Laura Tateishi .... production coordinator (as Laura 'L.T.' Tateishi)
Andrew Michael Weiss .... assistant: Mr. Liber
Karen Yokomizo .... assistant production accountant
Natalie Alexander .... adr voice (uncredited)
Patricia Ayame Thomson .... adr artist (uncredited)
 
Crew verified as complete


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MPAA:
Rated PG for some mild language and sensuality
Runtime:
88 min
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Aspect Ratio:
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Trivia:
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 »
Goofs:
Continuity: 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 »
Quotes:
Lord Rutledge:From the look of my soup I'd say someone in your kitchen has a serious hair loss problem.See more »
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Soundtrack:
Have Fun, Go Mad!See more »

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19 out of 23 people found the following review useful.
A triumph, 5 May 2006
Author: tdflatt25 from United States

1995 and 1996 were clearly the years for movies dealing with primates. "Ed "in 1996 taught us that heroes come in all shapes, and all sizes. Congo (1995) taught us that apes could be both intelligent and evil. Let's not forget 1995's "Born to be Wild", where a teenage boy and female gorilla's near bestiality captured all our hearts. However, not since the original "Planet of Apes" has a movie captivated our attention, and made us feel what it's like to be a monkey. "Dunston Checks In" set the bar for years to come.

Sam the orangutan's performance as Dunston is both hilarious and heartbreaking. Blockbuster actors such as Ben Affleck and James Franco could learn a lesson or two from Sam. You think Ben Affleck was emotional when he said "I love you" to Bruce Willis in Armageddon? Think again. When Sam looks at the picture of him and his now dead brother, his expression alone brings a tear to ones eye. You think James Franco was in pain in Spider-Man 2 when he realized his best friend was the man who killed his father? Try watching Sam when he is getting a piece of glass torn from his flesh. Sam's connection with the audience is so great you almost feel the glass being ripped from your own hand.

This is not to mention the other wonderful qualities this movie has. Amazing slapstick comedy, alcoholic older women, Jason Alexander cursing, Faye Dunaway's fall from grace, an orangutan spanking a prominent socialite, and a cameo from Paul Reubens that can only be explained with two words: Oscar worthy.

The fact that this film did not win any Academy Awards is shocking. Five for sure: Paul Reubens beating out Cuba Gooding Jr. and James Woods for Best Supporting Actor, "Dunston Checks In" narrowly defeating "The English Patient" for Best Picture, Ken Kwapis for Best Director, Best Music Robert Blackwell, and lastly, a landslide victory for Sam, the orangutan for Best Actor. It is criminal that the Academy shafted this great film in 1996 with no Oscars and zero nominations.

Although it was given no Oscars this much can be certain: it set the standard and paved the way for future primate movies. Where would MVP: Most Vaulable Primate and MXP: Most Xtreme Primate be without Dunston Checks In? In some Hollywood executive's trash, that's where. Because of pioneer movies like "Dunston Checks In" movies like MVP and MXP enjoy much commercial success. So grab your kids, round up the neighbor, pop some popcorn, and get ready to laugh, and cry at one of the best movies in the last twenty years: "Dunston Checks In".

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