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Blame It on the Bellboy (1992)

PG-13 | | Comedy | 6 March 1992 (USA)
Several strangers converge on a hotel in Venice, Italy, where a bellboy's bad English sets them up to clash against each other in a hilarious case of mistaken identity.


Mark Herman


Mark Herman




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


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

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Final theatrical movie as an actor of director Lindsay Anderson (Mr. Marshall). See more »


Maurice Horton: [Horton has just paid 210,000,000 lira, the equivalent of 100,000 pounds, to Caroline for the Villa Romano] Just so you know, it bloody well wasn't worth it!
Caroline Wright: [Slyly] Don't worry, neither is this house.
Maurice Horton: One hundred thousand pounds for a villa in Venice. How could I lose?
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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 »


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


(Pour Toi)
Music by Louis Gasté
French lyrics by Albert Simonin and Marie-Hélène Bourquin
English lyrics by Morris Albert
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Very funny farce!
23 December 2002 | by mattymatt4everSee all my reviews

Why did this receive such a low rating? This is a delightfully funny farce that had me on the floor. It's so hilarious! It goes through with its intention of being a fast-paced, old-fashioned farce mixed with the good ol' comedy of errors. The cast is superb. I only wish Dudley Moore could've been given a funnier part - this is definitely one of his more thankless roles. Unfortunately, this was one of his last roles, if not the last. But he was still an incredible comic actor and he will surely be missed. Richard Griffiths, who I remember as the cripple in "Naked Gun 2 1/2," is extremely funny. Bryan Brown plays it straight as a bewildered hitman, and does a fantastic job. I also liked that woman who played his eventual love interest - she has some very funny scenes. And man-oh-man is Patsy Kensit a hottie or what?!!!

The script is contrived and most of the gags are forced, but I give the writer/director an "E" for effort. It's hard to pull off a wacky farce like this with great precision. It was done excellently in "Ruthless People," but not every farce can be like "Ruthless People." I said it before and I'll say it again, the sense of humor don't lie. If I'm roaring with laughter, obviously the film did its job. And I was roaring all right!

My score: 7 (out of 10)

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Release Date:

6 March 1992 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,326,472, 8 March 1992

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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