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Plaza Suite (1971)

Three vignettes, each set in room 719 of New York's Plaza Hotel, make up this comedy.

Director:

Arthur Hiller

Writers:

Neil Simon (play), Neil Simon (screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Walter Matthau ... Roy Hubley / Jesse Kiplinger / Sam Nash
Lee Grant ... Norma Hubley
Barbara Harris ... Muriel Tate
Maureen Stapleton ... Karen Nash
Louise Sorel ... Jean McCormack
Dan Ferrone ... Bellboy
José Ocasio José Ocasio ... Room Service Waiter (as Jose Ocasio)
Thomas Carey Thomas Carey ... Borden Eisler
Jenny Sullivan ... Mimsey Hubley
Augusta Dabney Augusta Dabney ... Mrs. Eisler
Alan North ... Mr. Eisler
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Storyline

Three separate stories concerning relationship issues are presented, each largely taking place in suite 719 of the Plaza Hotel in New York City. In story one, suburban New Yorkers Sam and Karen Nash are spending the night in the hotel as their house is being painted, but more importantly for Karen because it is their twenty-"something" wedding anniversary, the hotel where they spent their honeymoon. While Karen wants to recreate the romance that she remembers of their wedding night, Sam is preoccupied with business matters. But it is other issues that highlight their fundamental differences that may demonstrate if they will make it to twenty-something plus one. In story two, womanizing Hollywood movie producer Jesse Kiplinger has exactly two hours free during his whirlwind stay in New York, which he wants to fill with a quickie. Of the many women he calls, the first to agree to meet at his suite is his old hometown flame, married Muriel Tate. Muriel, who knows what Jesse wants, he who... Written by Huggo

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Through these portals pass the most mixed-up mortals See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for mature thematic elements | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Italian

Release Date:

12 May 1971 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Apartament la Hotelul Plaza See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The room number of the Plaza Suite was Suite No. #719. See more »

Goofs

In Act I, the length of Sam Nash's mustache varies between shots. See more »

Quotes

[coaxing his wife while she's on the phone]
Roy Hubley: Shtall em, shtall em. Just keep shtalling em. Whatever you do shtall em!
Norma Hubley: [on the phone to the wedding reception] Yes Mrs. Eisler we'll be down in two minutes.
Roy Hubley: Are you crazy?! I told you to shtall em!
Norma Hubley [innocently]: I did stall them - you've got two minutes.
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Followed by London Suite (1996) See more »

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Tangerine
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Stapleton Shines
14 October 2012 | by Scooter0123See all my reviews

I just watched this movie for the first time. And I have re-watched the first "act" a number of times now. I never gave Maureen Stapleton much of a thought, frankly. Until I watched this movie. I like this movie very much. It will be one of my "go-to's,"- those pictures that I can always watch and always enjoy. Matthau is effective throughout. Act 2 is played quite broadly, and it's a fun segment, but the weakest. Act 3 is (because I can't think of a better descriptor) conventionally funny - it follows the familiar pattern, and it's very good. But the best is the first act where the real focus is Stapleton. From the moment we first see her, she looks real. I wager that most people who watch this movie knows someone that is her character. Watch her closely, as she puts nuance into every scene - the expressions on her face, the gestures. There's a scene where she sits down on a bed, back to the camera as Matthau leaves the room. It's followed by her talking to herself. It's a brilliant bit of acting, that feels so real, and struck an emotional chord in me. I gave this an "8." If I had to grade each act separately, it would be: Act 1 - 10; Act 2 - 7; Act 3 - 8 Watch and enjoy.


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