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California Suite (1978)

Misadventures of four groups of guests at the Beverly Hills Hotel.

Director:

Herbert Ross

Writer:

Neil Simon (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jane Fonda ... Hannah Warren
Alan Alda ... Bill Warren
Maggie Smith ... Diana Barrie
Michael Caine ... Sidney Cochran
Walter Matthau ... Marvin Michaels
Elaine May ... Millie Michaels
Herb Edelman ... Harry Michaels (as Herbert Edelman)
Denise Galik ... Bunny
Richard Pryor ... Dr. Chauncey Gump
Bill Cosby ... Dr. Willis Panama
Gloria Gifford ... Lola Gump
Sheila Frazier ... Bettina Panama
David Sheehan ... David Sheehan
Michael Boyle Michael Boyle ... Desk Clerk
Len Lawson ... Frank
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Storyline

Four totally different and separate stories of guests staying at the Beverly Hills Hotel. Maggie Smith and Michael Caine come from England to attend the Oscars; Jane Fonda comes from New York, Alan Alda is her ex who lives in California; in the slapstick part Bill Cosby, Richard Pryor and their wives come to the hotel to relax and play tennis, only to find there is only one room vacant; in the fourth segment Walter Matthau arrives a day before his wife for his nephew's Bar Mitzvah while his brother (Herb Edelman) sends a prostitute to his room. Written by Jonathan (jrd@netvision.net.il)

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Taglines:

The best two-hour vacation in town! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 December 1978 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Neil Simon's California Suite See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$29,000,000, 31 December 1979
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

In the opening credits, famous 1970s artworks of David Hockney are featured. The painting before Elaine May's name, is titled "Portrait of an Artist (Pool with two figures), 1972" and features a swimming pool with the Hollywood hills in the backdrop. The "two figures", both male, one swimming and the other standing over watching, have been mysteriously edited out of the picture for some unknown reason. See more »

Goofs

Sidney Cochran admonishes his wife that they have a 10:00 AM flight. He also loses count of his Librium, quipping "if I'm not up at 9:00 AM, I've overdosed." It would not be possible to wake up at 9:00 AM and travel from Beverly Hills to LAX FOR A 10:00 AM departure. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
[a two-seater plane is flying over snow-capped mountains]
Harold: For heaven's sake, Wendy - look for an airport. Will you look for the airport?
Diana Barrie: Oh don't make such a fuss. Just put it down on a mountain.
Harold: What do you mean 'just put it down'? I'm lucky I can keep it up. I told you I never flew before.
Diana Barrie: Don't shout at me - I'm a first-class passenger.
Harold: You're a first class lunatic. It's all over Wendy - our relationship has a quarter of a tank to go.
Diana Barrie: Yes, but - you do love me, don't you Harold? ...
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Crazy Credits

In the opening credits, famous 70s artworks of British artist David Hockney are featured. The painting before Elaine May's name is entitled "Portrait of an Artist (Pool with two figures), 1972" and features a swimming pool with the Hollywood hills in the backdrop. The "two figures", both male, one swimming and the other standing over watching have been mysteriously edited out of the picture for some unknown reason. See more »

Connections

References The 50th Annual Academy Awards (1978) See more »

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California Suite- A Sweetie of A Film ***1/2
17 September 2007 | by edwagreenSee all my reviews

Neil Simon focuses his attention on a variety of people at a hotel in this 1978 comedy hit.

Walter Matthau certainly has a penchant as a hotel guest. Remember him with Maureen Stapleton and several other ladies in another hotel farce comedy-drama?

Matthau, as always, is hilarious when he attempts to hide a hooker from his wife. It seems that Elaine May is always the naive victim in films. Remember her in 1972's "The Heartbreak Kid?"

The real acting kudos here goes to Maggie Smith for a gem of a supporting Oscar-winning performance in this film. Smith plays an actress at the hotel who has been nominated for an Oscar. A win would mean a tremendous comeback for her. Naturally, she loses. How many people have won Oscars for playing an Oscar loser in a film? Judy Garland accomplished the opposite in 1954 in "A Star is Born." In the film she is an actress who wins the academy award but in real-life competition lost it to Grace Kelly for "The Country Girl." Only the lord knows why.

Smith is just grand as she prances around the room delivering memorable one-liners. This is just a gem of a film.


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