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Sweet Lorraine (1987)

PG-13 | | Drama | 8 May 1987 (USA)
Summers at The Lorraine have been a blast, but the guests and staff have saved the best...for last.


Steve Gomer


Michael Zettler (screenplay), Shelly Altman (screenplay) | 3 more credits »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Maureen Stapleton ... Lillian Garber
Trini Alvarado ... Molly Garber
Lee Richardson ... Sam
John Bedford Lloyd ... Jack
Freddie Roman ... Phil Allen
Giancarlo Esposito ... Howie
Edie Falco ... Karen (as Edith Falco)
Todd Graff ... Leonard
Evan Handler ... Bobby
Mindy Morgenstern ... Sarah
Tamara Tunie ... Julie
Boris Sichkin ... Ivan
Ben Lin ... Tony
Marcell Rosenblatt Marcell Rosenblatt ... Pearl
Donald Moore Donald Moore ... House Band Leader (as Don Moore)


In its heyday, the Lorraine Hotel saw its fair share of guests, laughter and good times. But now that the aging inn is well past its prime, owner Lillian Garber must decide whether to repair the Catskills landmark - or sell to developers. As Lillian and her zany staff enjoy what may be the Lorraine's best- and last-summer season, they realize that not even a wrecking ball can demolish life's sweetest treasures. A slice-of-life comedy about old friendships, new romance, and letting go of the past. Written by Echo Bridge Home Entertainment

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Release Date:

8 May 1987 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Las locas vacaciones de Catskill Street See more »

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Film debut of Edie Falco. See more »


During the scene where the kids are all sitting in the bedroom talking, when Molly describes a "boondocker", Bobby sets the end of a "cheese doodle" snack aflame. The second time you see him holding the snack, the amount that has burned has actually decreased, and the flame is smaller. He would have had to pick up and light a second piece, but you see no indication of this. See more »


References Casablanca (1942) See more »


Sweet Lorraine
Words by Mitchell Parish
Music by Cliff Burwell
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an enjoyable quiet, simple and wistful film
31 May 2004 | by russellldSee all my reviews

A relatively quiet and simple movie, but in a good way that leaves the viewer with a nice, somewhat melancholic wistfulness.

The movie excellently captures the world it portrays (one summer holiday season with the owner, staff and guests of a Catskill hotel that has seen better days). As others have noted, Maureen Stapleton makes the movie worthwhile on her own, and it's a special pleasure for anyone who has an appreciation for the history of such resort hotels, and the role they played giving many entertainers a start in "the old days."

The Nat King Cole song of the same title captures in song much of what the movie captures on film.

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