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The Million Dollar Hotel (2000)

Tragi-comic, romantic whodunnit set in a run down hotel which plays host to mentally ill people too poor to afford medical insurance.

Director:

Wim Wenders

Writers:

Bono (story), Nicholas Klein (screenplay) | 1 more credit »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jeremy Davies ... Tom Tom
Milla Jovovich ... Eloise
Mel Gibson ... Detective Skinner
Jimmy Smits ... Geronimo
Peter Stormare ... Dixie
Amanda Plummer ... Vivien
Gloria Stuart ... Jessica
Tom Bower ... Hector
Donal Logue ... Charley Best
Bud Cort ... Shorty
Julian Sands ... Terence Scopey
Conrad Roberts ... Stix
Harris Yulin ... Stanley Goldkiss
Charlayne Woodard ... Jean Swift
Ellen Cleghorne ... Marlene
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Storyline

The Million Dollar Hotel follows the supposed murder of Izzy Goldkiss. FBI Agent Skinner is sent into investigate the crime, and to weed out the killer. When he reaches the 'hotel', he comes across many of the forgotten types of people living in the city. You have Geronimo, who is a self proclaimed Native American artist. Dixie, played with great gusto by Peter Stormare, as the 'fifth' Beatle still waiting for his royalty payments as well as recognition. Eloise, who is the neighborhood 'whore'. And then there is Tom-Tom, played by Jeremy Davies. He's the center of the story, being that he's the 'village idiot' of the bunch, and has the trust of everyone in the Hotel. Agent Skinner has a few days to find out who the killer is, while the residents of the hotel devise a scheme to sell off Izzy's fabled 'Tar Paintings'. Written by RoboDan

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Everyone has something to hide.


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and some sexual content | See all certifications »

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Details

Official Sites:

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Country:

Germany | UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 February 2000 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

The Billion Dollar Hotel See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$8,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$29,483, 4 February 2001, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$52,526, 11 February 2001
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Shot entirely within the confines of the eponymous hotel, and the street outside it. This proved slightly problematic with police raids, shoot-outs, and a suicide taking place during filming. The hotel was also infested with rats. See more »

Goofs

The positions of the pool balls change during the voting scene. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Tom Tom: Wow, after I jumped it occurred to me, life is perfect, life is the best. It's full of magic, beauty, opportunity, and television, and surprises, lots of surprises, yeah. And then there's that stuff that everybody longs for, but they only real feel when it's gone. All that just kinda hit me. I guess you don't really see it all clearly when you're - ya know - alive.
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Nyack Oud Dance
Written by Hal Willner, Adam Dorn and Martin Brumbach
Performed by Hal Willner
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One incredibly strange movie....
2 May 2001 | by mystic80See all my reviews

The Million Dollar Hotel is quite literally, one of the weirdest movies I have ever seen that features a two time oscar winner such as Mel Gibson. Gibson plays a beyond straight arrow of an FBI agent named Skinner, sent to investigate the mysterious suicide of a millionaire's son (an unbilled Tim Roth) in a seedy hotel that is host to a group of the poor mentally ill. Tom Tom (Jeremy Davies, eschewing Private Upham completely from "Saving Private Ryan), is a half wit delivery boy for the hotel with odd hair who's got a thing for a screw up (Milla Jovovich). Skinner performs a drastic investigation on the hotel who's inhabitants include the Fifth Beatle (a convincing Peter Stormare playing a good guy), an Indian (LA Law's Jimmy Smits!), an old lady (Gloria Stuart, far from her Titanic role), Harold, oops! I mean Bud Cort as a recurring alcoholic, a weirdo (Amanda Plummer, in another fine character role), and others. Definitely an eccentric film that is far from Hollywood. Gibson is quite, to describe it lightly, strange as an FBI agent not to be trifled with. His face alone is that of something that's out of a Stephen King novel. Jeremy Davies seems as if he's had way too many No Doz pills to fulfill the lead role, one that requires him to barely speak. Filled with small roles from recognizable character actors, this is a film that's for an acquired taste, because this is very out there for a movie.


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