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Blame It on the Bellboy (1992)

PG-13 | | Comedy | 6 March 1992 (USA)
Messrs Lawton (a hit-man), Horton (expecting some middle-aged dating agency nooky) and Orton (checking out properties for his boss) converge on the Hotel Gabriella in Venice. Linguistic ... See full summary »

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Mark Herman

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Mark Herman
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Dudley Moore ... Melvyn Orton
Bryan Brown ... Mike Lawton / Charlton Black
Richard Griffiths ... Maurice Horton
Andreas Katsulas ... Scarpa
Patsy Kensit ... Caroline Wright
Alison Steadman ... Rosemary Horton
Penelope Wilton ... Patricia Fulford
Bronson Pinchot ... Bellboy
Jim Carter ... Rossi
Alex Norton ... Alfio
John Grillo ... Hotel Manager
Andrew Bailey Andrew Bailey ... Shady Character
Ronnie Stevens ... Man on Plane
Enzo Turrin Enzo Turrin ... Senior Policeman
Andy Bradford ... Italian Victim
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Storyline

Messrs Lawton (a hit-man), Horton (expecting some middle-aged dating agency nooky) and Orton (checking out properties for his boss) converge on the Hotel Gabriella in Venice. Linguistic mix-ups by the staff mean each of the trio get wrong instructions for the next day. So Horton meets up with puzzled estate agent Caroline to see what she's offering, Orton attempts to make a gang of hoods an offer they can't refuse on their villa, while Lawton sets off to rub out a lonely-hearts lady from Huddersfield. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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Comedy

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PG-13 | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 March 1992 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Enredos de hotel See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,326,000, 8 March 1992, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$3,104,545
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The film was made and released about thirty-two years after the Jerry Lewis comedy classic The Bellboy (1960) which shares the "Bellboy" name for the title character of both films. See more »

Quotes

Maurice Horton: So what's the form then? Do I pay you now?
Caroline Wright: You don't carry that sort of cash around, do you?
Maurice Horton: What sort of cash are we talking about?
Caroline Wright: Well, how much do you think it's worth?
Maurice Horton: It's all new to me.
[picks up his wallet]
Maurice Horton: Uhm, sixty? Eighty? A hundred?
Caroline Wright: Okay, a hundred. A hundred thousand is about right.
Maurice Horton: A hundred thousand? No, no. I was talking about Pounds.
Caroline Wright: Well, so am I. A hundred thousand Pounds.
[...]
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Alternate Versions

Television version substitutes alternate takes of several scenes toning down the sexuality but adding dialogue not in the theatrical/home video version. See more »

Connections

References The Day of the Jackal (1973) See more »

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Music by Louis Gasté
Lyrics by Morris Albert
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Not terrible but pretty weak with a contrived and forced line in laughs
28 May 2006 | by bob the mooSee all my reviews

Three different men check into a Venice hotel for very different reasons. Melvyn Orton has come to look at property being sold by Caroline Wright. Maurice Horton has come to meet a blind date that has been set up by a dating agency. Mike Lawton is a professional hit-man who has come to do a job. On their arrival each man is due to get information delivered to the hotel but the similarity of their surnames combined with language difficulties sees them getting the wrong contact information without knowing it. So Orton goes to view a house and finds himself held by a mobster. Horton thinks he is on a date with property seller Wright while Lawton thinks he has to kill Patricia Fulford (who thinks she is on a blind date).

Although this film produced the odd laugh from me, I found it very difficult to get past how very contrived and forced this farce was for the most part. It is a very dated British comedy that is rather predictable and very silly, those with low expectations might not be too disappointed because it occasionally amused me but there wasn't a great of wit here and everything was painted in very broad strokes. The characters are obviously thin and the comedy is supposed to come from all of them talking to one another at cross-purposes. At first this is a little funny but after a while it gets a bit tiresome and there isn't a great deal to distract as it moves forward. However I must contest those that call this the worst film they have ever seen; it isn't that bad – basic of course but it is weak, not terrible.

The cast mainly have little to do apart from act confused. Brown and Wilton are probably the best of the bunch and even they are not that good. They manage to produce interesting characters and are better for it. Moore has nothing to do of value and this is a poor thing to remember him by. Griffiths is amusing and works reasonable well with Kensit, but they don't have good material to work with. They all try hard to make the most of what they are working with but generally there isn't much there other than mugging.

Overall a faintly amusing farce but one that is far too contrived, forced and obvious to really be that funny. I can understand why many viewers hate it but it really isn't that bad – but it is pretty damn weak throughout but maybe if you are in an undemanding mood you'll get tickled by it a bit.


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