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Tragi-comic, romantic whodunnit set in a run down hotel which plays host to mentally ill people too poor to afford medical insurance.

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The movie starts when a billionaire's son dies in a skid row hotel and a federal agent turns the lives of the miscreant residents upside down to find out if it was suicide or murder. Written by Eddie Tomayko <eddiet@geocities.com>

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Rated R for language and some sexual content | See all certifications »

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The Billion Dollar Hotel  »

Box Office

Budget:

$8,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$29,483 (USA) (2 February 2001)

Gross:

$52,526 (USA) (9 February 2001)
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Mel Gibson was so ashamed of the film that he fought to prevent it from being released to theatres in the U.S. See more »

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Tom Tom: Wow, after I jumped it occurred to me, life is perfect, life is the best. It's full of magic, beauty, opportunity, and television, and surprises, lots of surprises, yeah. And then there's that stuff that everybody longs for, but they only real feel when it's gone. All that just kinda hit me. I guess you don't really see it all clearly when you're - ya know - alive.
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The film version of a literary style known as Magical Realism
30 March 2005 | by (Hollywood, United States) – See all my reviews

It's a screwball tragedy, a term made up by someone else to describe this film. There are no others of this type. It's a love story without "They lived happily ever after"; it's a mystery (the essence of real) in a subtly surreal world. Not only is the story unique, but so are most of the characters, which seems to be a problem for some viewers. I don't want to paint this movie as too weird, but its differences are some of the best things about it.

Cinematography is classic, sharp, lots of deep focus. Exteriors, interiors, non-traditional lighting, a dawn scene shot before the magic hour, it all looks great. I can't recall a scene with foreground in focus while background is out, or vice versa.

U2 contributed a tune or two to the soundtrack, as they have for all Wim Wenders films since the 80s. The rest of the soundtrack is jazzy. It supports the film beautifully, and is available on CD.

If you've liked any of Wim Wenders films, I think you'll love this one.


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