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London Suite (1996)

Not Rated | | Comedy | TV Movie 15 September 1996
On one day at an English Hotel, four different stories are shown. Diana is in London to promote her Television Series and her ex-husband Sidney shows up to ask her for money for his gay ... See full summary »

Director:

Jay Sandrich

Writers:

Neil Simon (play), Neil Simon (teleplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Kelsey Grammer ... Sydney Nichols
Michael Richards ... Mark Ferris
Julia Louis-Dreyfus ... Debra Dolby
Madeline Kahn ... Sharon Semple
Kristen Johnston ... Grace Chapman
Richard Mulligan ... Dennis Cummings
Patricia Clarkson ... Diana Nichols
Julie Hagerty ... Anne Ferris
Jane Carr ... Mrs. Sitgood
Paxton Whitehead ... Dr. McMerlin
Margot Steinberg ... Lauren Semple
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Matthew Ashforde Matthew Ashforde ... Bellboy (as Mathew Ashford)
Alisa Bosschaert Alisa Bosschaert ... Hotel Assistant
Hilary Crane Hilary Crane ... Woman in Restaurant
Eileen Dunwoodie Eileen Dunwoodie ... Jane - Nanny
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On one day at an English Hotel, four different stories are shown. Diana is in London to promote her Television Series and her ex-husband Sidney shows up to ask her for money for his gay lover. Mark and Annie come to London for the Wimbledon Tennis matches, but they lose their tickets and Mark's back goes out. Debra is on her honeymoon with Paul, but Paul is missing and Debra lies to everyone she meets as to where Paul is. Sharon and Lauren are on a shop till you drop trip and Sharon meets Dennis, an older man who seems to be interested in her. Written by Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

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Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Official Sites:

Hallmark Entertainment

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 September 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Neil Simon's London Suite See more »

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Production Co:

Robert Halmi See more »
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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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The "Diana and Sidney" one-act segment from Neil Simon's "London Suite" play features the Diana and Sidney characters from Simon's earlier California Suite (1978) play and film. In California Suite (1978), Diana is portrayed by Maggie Smith (who won an Oscar for the part) whilst Sidney is played by Michael Caine. In London Suite (1996), Diana is played by Patricia Clarkson whilst Sidney is played by Kelsey Grammer. The London Suite (1996) Diana and Sidney characters are based on the California Suite (1978) Diana and Sidney characters, except the names have been changed slightly. In London Suite (1996), they are called Diana Nichols and Sidney Nichols, whereas in California Suite (1978) they were known as Diana Barrie and Sidney Cochran. See more »

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Follows California Suite (1978) See more »

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The hotel staff are much funnier than the guests...
13 April 2009 | by moonspinner55See all my reviews

European and American characters intermingle in London for comedic Neil Simon stories underlined with pathos or sentiment. Simon's somewhat-withered adaptation of his play is seemingly an extension of many ideas or characters from his theatrical feature "California Suite"...and one that is not above copping ideas from other movies as well. Julia Louis-Dreyfus is an American on her honeymoon without a husband; Madeline Kahn is another tourist who goes out on a date with Scotsman Richard Mulligan (dressed up like David Niven in "Separate Tables"); Michael Richards and Julie Hagerty, in town for Wimbledon, are sidelined by slapstick-y bad luck; while actress Patricia Clarkson reunites with the ex-husband she still holds a torch for, Kelsey Grammar (playing gay). Simon's rhythm hasn't changed over the years: he sets up a joke wryly, detonates the joke dryly, and then delivers a comeback zinger. The whole movie is a series of zingers, most of which are met with stony silence (this is one sitcom that could use a laugh-track). Apparently cast with an eye on the NBC-TV market, the picture could really use some headier talent (Clarkson does well, though the supporting cast making up the staff get the biggest laughs). Louis-Dreyfus has an amusing bit telling a lie which gets bigger and bigger, and Richards' pinched nerve (while an easy target for visual jokes) has some funny repercussions. The TV production is rather cut-rate (as is the score and photography), however it's a relatively painless comedy--albeit one that is passed its prime.


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