Chelsea Walls (2001)

R  |   |  Drama  |  21 September 2001 (USA)
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This movie tells five stories set in a single day at the famed Chelsea Hotel in New York City, involving an ensemble cast of some 30-35 characters.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Girl (as Paz De La Huerta)
Paul D. Failla ...
Cop (as Paul Failla)
Jimmy Scott ...
John Seitz ...
Mark Strand ...


In New York's storied Chelsea Hotel, a novelist, a dancer, a painter, a poet, an aged jazz singer, and a young troubadour sort out their personal and artistic lives within walls haunted by the likes of Dylan Thomas, O. Henry, and Sarah Bernhardt. A boozy novelist balances wife, mistress, and stories. A dancer who's a waitress in the basement club chooses between a Hollywood jerk and a local painter. A youth from Minnesota who composes and sings may be the next Bob Dylan. A poet decides to give her feckless boyfriend another chance, even as her eyes tell us she knows what's ahead. An old jazz artist wants to place a bet and share his love for Lady Day. These walls do seem to talk. Written by <>

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Release Date:

21 September 2001 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Last Word on Paradise  »

Box Office


$100,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$10,003 (USA) (19 April 2002)


$59,675 (USA) (14 June 2002)

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1.85 : 1
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Ross: You're Bob Dylan? By any chance can I kiss your boot?
Terry Olsen: Fuck off.
Ross: Hey! You're from Minnesota, aren't ya? You must be him! Huh?
Terry Olsen: Seriously dude, fuck off.
Ross: Bob! Bob! Bob! Bob! Hey, listen to this, you're not going to believe this, man. I am down in the lobby, right? Right?
Terry Olsen: Yeah?
Ross: There's this guy, puttin' up a paintin'. So, I'm like, helpin' 'em with the ladder and shit. He tells me, he lives here, in a room just like this one... but he's got it all for free. Yup, all he's gotta do is give a paintin'...
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Literature and music as cinema? This one works!
17 August 2002 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A literary style, namely poetry, make this energetic and non-linear

movie a real joy to take in; the mixing of sounds and dialogues or

monologues also follow a poetic and jazz-like bee-bop approach.

The characters presented are very real and yet also seems like

phrases in a continually changing musical piece. The DV'ography is just beautiful, some of the most tasteful and

downright pleasurable work I've ever seen in these video-to-film

times...Tom Richmond and Richard Rutkowski have really set a

new standard with this movie, where the form (digital video)

doesn't intrude on the content, but rather complements (and even

compliments!) the tones and textures of the story. Ethan Hawke

did a great job with the actors and the story, I totally recommend

this movie.

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