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Hotel de Love (1996)

Twin brothers meet a childhood sweetheart at a tacky hotel and rediscover their love as they renew their competition for her affection.

Director:

Craig Rosenberg

Writer:

Craig Rosenberg

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Aden Young ... Rick Dunne
Saffron Burrows ... Melissa Morrison
Simon Bossell ... Stephen Dunne
Pippa Grandison ... Allison Leigh
Ray Barrett ... Jack Dunne
Julia Blake ... Edith Dunne
Peter O'Brien ... Norman Carey
Belinda McClory ... Janet Campbell
Caleb Cluff Caleb Cluff ... Bruce
Cassandra Magrath ... Suzy
Andrew Bibby Andrew Bibby ... Matt
Alan Hopgood Alan Hopgood ... Ronnie
Raelee Hill ... Emma Andrews
Margaret Hoctor Margaret Hoctor ... Bridesmaid
Bayard Templin Bayard Templin ... Melissa's Father
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Storyline

10 years ago at a party, Steven thinks he sees the girl of his dreams, Melissa. Just as he's about to make his move, his twin brother Rick gets to her first and they fall in love. Steven watches his brother's relationship bloom, longing for Melissa all the while. Eventually, Melissa leaves to go to college and the brothers go on with their lives. Steven becomes a workaholic to block out his feelings about Melissa and Rick becomes a spineless bellboy at the Hotel de Love, after a later girl friend stood him up at the altar. Enter Steven and Rick's warring parents visiting the Hotel de Love for their anniversary. Re-enter Melissa with her current boyfriend, Norman. Suddenly Rick and Steven have a second chance at Melissa. Also there's Alison the palm reader, Susie behind the counter, the owner/piano player, and the freshly married couple. Written by Kevin Gillease <gillease@scf-fs.usc.edu>

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Taglines:

A comedy about the romantically challenged and the passionately confused.

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sexuality | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

Australia

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

7 February 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

O Hotel do Amor See more »

Filming Locations:

Australia See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$50,947, 9 February 1997

Gross USA:

$165,845

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$165,845
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color
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Did You Know?

Trivia

A subplot involving Susan (the girl behind the counter) and Matt (a worker at the hotel) was cut. Matt gives Melissa some boxer shorts that cost $20. She doesn't have the money, but he lets her go, saying that she owes him. Throughout the movie, Matt was supposed to pop up at inopportune moments asking for the $20. It seems Susan wanted a physical symbol of their love. Matt never gets the $20. They fight, and by the end of the film, he gets Melissa's necklace from Rick. Director Craig Rosenberg cut this subplot because it was not totally necessary. See more »

Quotes

Stephen: What about love at first sight?
Melissa Morrison: I don't believe in it. Norman and I were friends first. For months we just talked. Discussed ideas, books, politics.
Stephen: THAT is not love! THAT is a book group!
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Connections

Referenced in Round the Twist: The Nirandathal Beast (2000) See more »

Soundtracks

In Love With It All
Written by Tim Finn
Performed by Tim Finn
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Low end Aussie romcom
4 January 2004 | by =G=See all my reviews

Twin brothers fall in love with the same woman (Burrows) as teens. Fast forward ten years and they own a honeymoon retreat, encounter their old flame who has come for her wedding, and attempt to pick up where they left off in spite of the presence of the groom. What follows in the denouement is a bit clumsy and awkward at times with low end production value and relatively unknown actors. However, factor in some side characters and an ample helping of vintage pop love songs and you have a mildly amusing little flick with some heart which should make an okay small screen watch for those in the mood for romcom fare. Keep expectations real and enjoy. (C+)


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