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For Love or Money (1993)

Doug's a concierge at a luxury hotel on Manhattan. He saves all his tips towards his plan for a hotel. A potential investor seduces the girl, Doug loves, with false promises of leaving his wife. Doug's dilemma: hotel project or girl?


Barry Sonnenfeld





Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael J. Fox ... Doug Ireland
Gabrielle Anwar ... Andy Hart
Anthony Higgins ... Christian Hanover
Michael Tucker ... Harry Wegman
Bob Balaban ... Ed Drinkwater
Isaac Mizrahi ... Julian Russell
Patrick Breen ... Gary Taubin
Udo Kier ... Mr. Himmelman
Simon Jones ... Albert
Dianne Brill Dianne Brill ... Gloria
Dan Hedaya ... Gene Salvatore
Susan Blommaert ... Charlotte
Fyvush Finkel ... Milton Glickman
Mike Moyer ... Charlie the Doorman
Saverio Guerra ... Carmen


Doug is a young man who works all day as a concierge at a luxurious hotel, saving money to make his own business. Unfortunately, when he finds the financial supporter he needs, he discovers that his "savior" is having an affair with the woman he loves. Now, he must choose between money and love. Written by Chris Makrozahopoulos <makzax@hotmail.com>

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A Choice Comedy. See more »


Comedy | Drama | Romance


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Did You Know?


One of two films that Barry Sonnenfeld directed in 1993. The other was Addams Family Values which would be released weeks after this film would be in theaters. See more »


During the opening shots of Doug riding around NYC in a limo, he purchases a large stuffed giraffe. The only way it will fit in the limo is standing up through the moon roof. When the limo is shown from above while in the traffic jam before heading back to the hotel, there is no moon roof. See more »


Doug Ireland: Short skirt on a breezy day, a real crowd-pleaser.
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References The Apartment (1960) See more »


Written by Anders Wollbeck (as A. Wollbeck), Alexander Bard (as A. Bard), Midi Berhanu (as M. Berhanu)
Freweyni Teclehaimanot (as F. Teclehaimanot) and Maxi Berhanu (as M. Berhanu)
Performed by Midi, Maxi and Efti
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barely functional romance
9 August 2015 | by SnoopyStyleSee all my reviews

In NYC, Doug Ireland (Michael J. Fox) is a master of deals as concierge in the classy Bradbury hotel. He has a heart of gold protecting some of the older workers from manager Mr. Himmelman. He even takes care of a cheapskate guest like Harry Wegman. Ed Drinkwater from the IRS is on his case. He dreams of owning his own hotel and he hopes billionaire investor Christian Hanover is his ticket. He is infatuated with store perfume girl Andy Hart (Gabrielle Anwar) who claims to have a boyfriend. It turns out she's Hanover's mistress and he's forced to cover for Hanover as he needs the deal more.

This is a barely functional romance. It's mostly riding on the shoulders of Michael J. Fox and he's plenty charming by himself. The romance is questionable. It's not well set up and a bit more back story could have helped. The villain is underwhelming. Overall this is a watchable and unimpressive rom-com.

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Release Date:

1 October 1993 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Concierge See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA See more »


Box Office


$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,016,220, 3 October 1993

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Universal Pictures See more »
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1.85 : 1
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