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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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Won 1 Oscar. Another 4 wins & 10 nominations. See more awards »

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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. Diane Barrie (Dame Maggie Smith) and Sidney Cochran (Sir Michael Caine) come from England to attend the Oscars; Hannah Warren (Jane Fonda) comes from New York City, Bill Warren (Alan Alda) is her ex who lives in California; in the slapstick part, Dr. Willis Panama (Bill Cosby), Dr. Chauncey Gump (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, Marvin Michaels (Walter Matthau) arrives a day before his wife for his nephew's Bar Mitzvah, while his brother Harry (Herb Edelman) sends a prostitute to his room. Written by Jonathan (jrd@netvision.net.il)

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Neil Simon's CALIFORNIA SUITE is the story of five couples who, for diverse reasons, have come to the Beverly Hills Hotel during Academy Award® Week. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
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Trivia

According to an interview with Dame Maggie Smith on 60 Minutes (1968), director Herbert Ross was very difficult to work with. She also stated that she was told that Ross reduced Walter Matthau to tears. See more »

Goofs

When Diane & Sidney stop in the bar and the bartender puts a dip tray in front of them, Sidney Double and Triple dips his chip. 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? I ...
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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

Featured in Walter Matthau: Diamond in the Rough (1997) See more »

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Plain average
13 August 2005 | by ODDBearSee all my reviews

Four stories, courtesy of Neil Simon, concerning the ongoings of several people staying at a nice hotel in sunny California.

Walter Matthau's segment provides the film's only real laughs. Desperately trying to cover up his infidelity, Matthau is a riot in his attempts.

Bill Cosby and Richard Pryor try their best as doctor friends who are having an awful time on their vacation with their wives. It's just not that funny, despite them both being extremely likable.

Alan Alda and Jane Fonda do well in their dramatic story of separated couple meeting after nine years to discuss their child. Their segment is too short to really have an impact, might have worked well as a feature film. It's not all that involving.

Michael Caine and Maggie Smith are both excellent in their little segment, with Smith portraying an actress who's up for the academy award. Caine plays her show off gay husband. The two stars really shine in an otherwise average story, not all that interesting.

I feel that California Suite should have been much better, it had such potential. It's just plain average.


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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
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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