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The Hotel New Hampshire (1984)

R | | Comedy, Drama | 9 March 1984 (USA)
The film talks about a family that weathers all sorts of disasters and keeps going in spite of it all. It is noted for its wonderful assortment of oddball characters.

Director:

Tony Richardson

Writers:

John Irving (novel), Tony Richardson (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Rob Lowe ... John
Jodie Foster ... Frannie
Paul McCrane ... Frank
Beau Bridges ... Father
Lisa Banes ... Mother
Jennifer Dundas ... Lilly (as Jennie Dundas)
Seth Green ... Egg
Wally Aspell Wally Aspell ... Hotel Manager
Joely Richardson ... Waitress
Wallace Shawn ... Freud
Jobst Oriwol Jobst Oriwol ... German Man (as Jobst Oriwal)
Linda Clark Linda Clark ... German Woman
Nicholas Podbrey Nicholas Podbrey ... Boy with Rifle
Norris Domingue Norris Domingue ... High School Band Conductor
Matthew Modine ... Chip Dove / Ernst
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Storyline

The film talks about a family that weathers all sorts of disasters and keeps going in spite of it all. It is noted for its wonderful assortment of oddball characters. Written by L.H. Wong <as9401k56@ntuvax.ntu.ac.sg>

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The successes and failures of an American family. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Country:

UK | Canada | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 March 1984 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hotel New Hampshire See more »

Filming Locations:

Canada See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$7,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,075,800, 11 March 1984, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$5,100,000
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The film was set to be shot in New Hampshire in the summer of 1982, using the Wentworth by the Sea Hotel (which had been shuttered the previous year) as its primary location. Only 5 days prior to the arrival of the pre-production crews, Tony Richardson and Neil Hartley informed the state's Film Bureau director and Hugh Gallen, the NH governor, that they had suddenly lost the film's financing (from the owner of Pizza Hut.) As both the state and the producers had committed months to location scouting and pre-production, it was a devastating blow to both. The film ultimately was shot in Canada the following year due to a favorable exchange rate allowing for a lower production budget. Fun fact: Author John Irving's younger brother was head of security at the Wentworth Hotel and assisted the producers on their location prep there. See more »

Goofs

In the award ceremony scene, numerous Austrian flags are show, but all are the civil/merchant version. As an official government function, the flags would have been the state flag (the government flag.) Unlike the United States, Austria and many other nations have multiple national flags for different purposes (government, civilian/merchant, military, on shore versus afloat, etc.) Austria's state flag bears the national coat of arms in the centre, overlapping into both of the red bars. The vertical version of the state flag has the coat of arms turned 90 degrees and placed within a shield. None of the flags in the scene bore the coat of arms. See more »

Quotes

Lilly: [when seeing the Vienna hotel for the first time] There's gonna be sex and violence.
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Crazy Credits

The opening credits misspell the word "association" as "associatiation". See more »


Soundtracks

Bad Boy Blues
By Pierre P. Belmar
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Why all this negativity?
19 October 2004 | by tonyhicSee all my reviews

I must say I'm surprised by all the strongly unfavourable reviews. I saw this one back in 1984 when it was first released and I loved it for the very reasons that some people here seem to hate it. It was deliciously weird. Our heroes are in an incestuous relationship, and the movie is uncritical of this. That gets the brain working from the start. Then you discover the other bizarre characters and their relationships and the movie becomes, to me at least, extremely lovable.

Admittedly, Rob Lowe's acting isn't up to much, and that's glaringly obvious here, but it doesn't destroy the film, and there's great work, as usual, from Jodie Foster to compensate.

Basically, this is a light-hearted, feel-good film that I would expect to have mass appeal. To top it off, it achieves this effect without being overly sentimental. That's rare. If you haven't seen it, give it a whirl. If you don't like it, keep on passing open windows.


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