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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

Maureen Stapleton recreated ONE of her three roles from the stage version. Like the male roles, Neil Simon wrote all three female roles to be played by one actress. George C. Scott and Maureen Stapleton originate all of the roles in the play; Walter Matthau took over for Scott in all three roles - Stapleton kept her role from the first act; the other two roles went to Lee Grant and Barbara Harris. See more »

Goofs

Each act is set in Suite 719. In Act 3, Ed Hubley goes out on the ledge outside the suite's window. However in the final shot of The Plaza it is clear that the ledge is outside the fourth floor (not the seventh floor). See more »

Quotes

Norma Hubley: Roy, just talk nicely and she'll come out.
Roy Hubley: We've had "nice talking," now we're gonna have "door breaking."
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Version of Plaza Suite (1986) See more »

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Three stories in one movie
12 January 2010 | by barryrdSee all my reviews

This movie features Walter Matthau in three separate roles but the real stars are the women he performs with: Maureen Stapleton, Barbara Harris and Lee Grant. In each case, we see them in the roles of wife, girlfriend and mother. Maureen Stapleton's role was sad and the other two--Harris and Grant-- are comical. I found the roles of these women were more interesting and the acting more convincing than Walter Matthau. I am a fan of Walter Matthau but in this film he gives a lacklustre performance with limited material in the first story and overblown performances in the other two. Matthau is usually a very funny guy with great lines and superb delivery but the humour just isn't there and the lines fall flat. All three stories deal with marriage and relationships at various stages of life. The common thread is that they take place in the same suite at New York City's Plaza Hotel, a Neil Simon touch.


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