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The Hotel New Hampshire (1984)

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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Details

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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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Director Tony Richardson reportedly wanted to simultaneously make two films based on John Irving's "Hotel New Hampshire." Timothy Hutton would have appeared in both films. 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

[last lines]
Lilly: Life's a fairy tale.
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Crazy Credits

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

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One of my all-times favorite films!
18 September 2000 | by erokaSee all my reviews

I can't believe no one ever bothered writing about this wonderful film. Though it is in many way American – most cast and the author of the book on which the book is based are American – but this is one of the least American films I know. It is so European – the director, the locale that is half the time Europe – and the very daring subject matters simply make this a real gem. It is a story of a family with the oddest characters and the most horrible disasters. And yet they persevere. `Keep Passing the Open Windows" – the motto that represents both danger of suicide and hope.

It is funny, sad, emotional and insightful. The course of events may be too quick for some, but as in life – it's so very unexpected.

I love `The World According to Garp' as well, as movie and book and these two share a lot in common. And how can anyone resist watching a film with such a wonderful cast – Rob Lowe, Jodie Foster, Paul McCrane, Beau Bridges, Wallace Shawn, Matthew Modine, Wilford Brimley, Nastassja Kinski and Amanda Plummer… And Rob Lowe and Jodie Foster never looked cuter. The story spans many years and places, and would touch on subject matters such as raising children, music, incest, homosexuality, communism, psychology, terrorism, writing, racism, hotel management and the recurring subjects with John Irving – at least in what I read – airplanes and bears (see Garp again for these too).

A film that leaves you with a feeling of hope and a wish that you also knew these wonderful people. Don't miss it.


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