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(1996 TV Movie)

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The third of Neil Simon's "Suite" movies, the others being Plaza Suite (1971) (remade as Plaza Suite (1987)) and California Suite (1978). It's the fourth made of Simon's "Suite" movies counting the TV remake.
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The four playlets from Neil Simon's "London Suite" play are entitled: "Going Home", "Settling Accounts", "Diana and Sidney" and "The Man on the Floor".
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This tele-film was made and released about two years after its source play of the same name by Neil Simon was first performed in 1994. The premiere season of the play opened at the Seattle Repertory Theatre on 12th October 12 1994 running until 5th November that year. The original New York production opened off-Broadway at the Union Square Theatre on 28th March 1995 and ran for 169 performances until 3rd September 1995. The production was nominated for the 1995 Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Off-Broadway Play.
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Though he starred in both Plaza Suite (1971) and California Suite (1978), actor Walter Matthau did not appear in London Suite (1996).
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One of three 1996 Neil Simon adaptations made for television and first broadcast in that year. The others were Jake's Women (1996) and The Sunshine Boys (1996). All were made for production houses Hallmark Entertainment and Metropolitan Productions.
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Second Neil Simon "Suite" movie that was made for television. The first had been Plaza Suite (1987) around nine years earlier in 1987, a TV remake of Plaza Suite (1971).
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When the film's source Neil Simon "London Suite" play opened in New York, it opened off-Broadway, and not on Broadway, something fairly rare in the history of Neil Simon stage productions.
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Second Neil Simon written film for actress Madeline Kahn who previously had appeared in the earlier Neil Simon comedy The Cheap Detective (1978) around eighteen years earlier.
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The "Diana and Sidney" one-act segment from Neil Simon's "London Suite" play features the Diana and Sidney characters from Simon's earlier California Suite (1978) play and film. In California Suite (1978), Diana is portrayed by Maggie Smith (who won an Oscar for the part) whilst Sidney is played by Michael Caine. In London Suite (1996), Diana is played by Patricia Clarkson whilst Sidney is played by Kelsey Grammer. The London Suite (1996) Diana and Sidney characters are based on the California Suite (1978) Diana and Sidney characters, except the names have been changed slightly. In London Suite (1996), they are called Diana Nichols and Sidney Nichols, whereas in California Suite (1978) they were known as Diana Barrie and Sidney Cochran.
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Second of two Neil Simon written films directed by Jay Sandrich. The first was Seems Like Old Times (1980).
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