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Hotel Sorrento (1995)

R | | Drama | 14 July 1995 (USA)
Meg (Caroline Goodall), Pippa (Tara Morice), and Hilary (Caroline Gillmer) are sisters who grew up in Sorrento, Australia. Meg, who has lived in England for ten years, has just written a ... See full summary »


Richard Franklin


Richard Franklin (screenplay), Peter Fitzpatrick (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
4 wins & 10 nominations. See more awards »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Caroline Goodall ... Meg Moynihan
Caroline Gillmer ... Hilary Moynihan
Tara Morice ... Pippa Moynihan
Joan Plowright ... Marge Morrisey
Ray Barrett ... Wal Moynihan
Nicholas Bell ... Edwin
Ben Thomas Ben Thomas ... Troy Moynihan
John Hargreaves ... Dick Bennett
Eric McPhan Eric McPhan
Kelly Griffiths Kelly Griffiths
Louise O'Dwyer Louise O'Dwyer
Bruce Anderson Bruce Anderson
Dave Barnett Dave Barnett ... Radio Announcer
Peter O'Callaghan Peter O'Callaghan ... Radio Announcer
Jane Edmanson Jane Edmanson ... Radio Announcer


Meg (Caroline Goodall), Pippa (Tara Morice), and Hilary (Caroline Gillmer) are sisters who grew up in Sorrento, Australia. Meg, who has lived in England for ten years, has just written a criticially acclaimed novel which she claims is entirely fictional. The book causes a stir in Sorrento and in her family when it is supected that the book is not as fictional as she claims. Written by Murray Chapman <muzzle@cs.uq.oz.au>

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One sister's desire became the family secret.



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Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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Screenwriters Richard Franklin and Peter Fitzpatrick were brothers-in-law. Both won AFI (Australian Film Institute) Awards for their screenplay. See more »


Marge: What's happened is that you've written about all of us. Not just people like you who grew up here, but those of us who came along later. It's our home. Our way of life. The sense we have of ourselves as a people. And they want to take it away and claim it's theirs. You see, I don't believe you really think that this culture is as empty and fatuous as you made out at lunch, because, if you did, you'd never have written "Melancholy." And if you let them get away with it...if you let them pretend ...
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familiar story line sunk by poor acting and direction
22 December 1999 | by jjpSee all my reviews

Hotel Sorrento is the story of three sisters reunited in their family house in a nice resort town on the coast of Australia. One of them, who now lives in England has written a successful novel (or thinly disguised autobiography). This is a very familiar story line, the family or friend reunion where dirty laundry gets sorted out. The novelty is that the movie also serves as a forum to discuss the state of Australian culture.

This kind of movie is supposed to make you cry, to make you laugh and to make you think and, in order to do so, needs a few basic ingredients that Hotel Sorrento is sorely missing: some sense of humor and above all, good acting and subtle direction. The acting is mediocre at best, direction about as light as the Titanic and humor totally absent.

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14 July 1995 (USA) See more »

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Sorrento Beach See more »

Filming Locations:

Sorrento, Victoria, Australia


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