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Dunston Checks In (1996)

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A young boy befriends a larcenous orangutan in a luxury hotel.

Director:

Ken Kwapis

Writers:

John Hopkins (story), John Hopkins (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
4 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jason Alexander ... Robert Grant
Faye Dunaway ... Mrs. Dubrow
Eric Lloyd ... Kyle Grant
Rupert Everett ... Lord Rutledge
Graham Sack ... Brian Grant
Paul Reubens ... Buck LaFarge
Glenn Shadix ... Lionel Spalding
Nathan Davis ... Victor Dubrow
Jennifer Bassey ... Mrs. Dellacroce
Judith Scott ... Nancy
Bruce Beatty ... Murray
Danny Comden ... Norm
Steven Gilborn ... Artie
Lois De Banzie Lois De Banzie ... Mrs. Winthrop
Natalie Core Natalie Core ... Mrs. Feldman
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Storyline

Robert's a beleaguered concierge of the luxury hotel owned by Mrs. Dubrow. She tells Robert an undercover reviewer is coming and to look sharp. If he does well he might get a promotion and some time off to take his sons, Brian and Kyle, on vacation. But then the villainous jewel-thief Rutledge checks in with his specially trained orangutan, Dunston. And when Dunston gets loose and tries to escape a life of crime with the help of Brian and Kyle, things go just a little lunatic. Written by Kathy Li

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He's about to turn a Five Star Hotel into a three ring circus.


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for some mild language and sensuality | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

12 January 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dunston Checks In See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,996,891, 14 January 1996

Gross USA:

$9,871,065

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$9,871,065
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Jason Alexander who went bald at age 16 had to wear a toupee for the movie. See more »

Goofs

The bandage on Dunston's hand. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Doorman: Welcome to the Majestic Hotel.
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Crazy Credits

During the opening credits, the morning preparations in a luxury hotel are shown. As the credits end, a concierge in a top hat opens the door with the words "Welcome to the Majestic Hotel". See more »

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Featured in WatchMojo: Top 10 Kids' Movies That Don't Hold Up (2015) See more »

Soundtracks

Ooh-Wow
Written by Roy E. Montrell and Robert 'Bumps' Blackwell (as Robert Blackwell)
Performed by Buckwheat Zydeco
Courtesy of Island Records, Inc.
by arrangement with PolyGram Film & TV Licensing
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One of my son's favorite movies!
11 April 2005 | by KSprowlSee all my reviews

Very unique plot, well acted, well directed and highly recommend! Good film for the entire family! The title and leaders might be deceiving, but what kid (or adult) doesn't love a monkey making a monkey out of snooty adults? Jason Alexander (George from "Seinfeld" being the responsible, single father of two boys and manager of a major hotel is stretch, at least initially due to his stereotype; however, after watching it a half hour you forget that it is "George" and get involved with the other characters.

Another reason to watch is to see Faye Dunaway's amazing post-op face lift and Pee-wee Herman as the "Animal Catcher"? Good, clean fun for the whole family!


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