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Chelsea Walls (2001)

This movie tells five stories set in a single day at the famed Chelsea Hotel in New York City, involving an ensemble cast of some 30-35 characters.

Director:

Ethan Hawke

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Bianca Hunter Bianca Hunter ... Lorna Doone
Kevin Corrigan ... Crutches
Rosario Dawson ... Audrey
Matthew Del Negro ... Rookie Cop
Paz de la Huerta ... Girl (as Paz De La Huerta)
Guillermo Díaz ... Kid
Vincent D'Onofrio ... Frank
Paul D. Failla Paul D. Failla ... Cop (as Paul Failla)
Kris Kristofferson ... Bud
Robert Sean Leonard ... Terry Olsen
Duane McLaughlin ... Wall
Natasha Richardson ... Mary
Jimmy Scott Jimmy Scott ... Skinny Bones
John Seitz John Seitz ... Dean
Mark Strand Mark Strand ... Journalist
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Storyline

In New York's storied Chelsea Hotel, a novelist, a dancer, a painter, a poet, an aged jazz singer, and a young troubadour sort out their personal and artistic lives within walls haunted by the likes of Dylan Thomas, O. Henry, and Sarah Bernhardt. A boozy novelist balances wife, mistress, and stories. A dancer who's a waitress in the basement club chooses between a Hollywood jerk and a local painter. A youth from Minnesota who composes and sings may be the next Bob Dylan. A poet decides to give her feckless boyfriend another chance, even as her eyes tell us she knows what's ahead. An old jazz artist wants to place a bet and share his love for Lady Day. These walls do seem to talk. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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painter | novelist | dancer | poet | hotel | See All (99) »

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a million stories tall

Genres:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 July 2002 (Denmark) See more »

Also Known As:

Last Word on Paradise See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$100,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,003, 21 April 2002, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$59,675, 16 June 2002
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Tuesday Weld's last film appearance as of 2017. See more »

Quotes

Terry Olsen: Why do they call you Lorna Doone? Ain't that a cookie?
Lorna Doone: You can call me whatever you want.
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Referenced in Jersey Girl (2004) See more »

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Jealous Guy
(1971)
Written by John Lennon
Performed by Jimmy Scott, Mike Kanan, Hill Greene, Victor Jones,
Jay Bennett, John Stirratt and Ken Coomer
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Fantastulous!
28 September 2003 | by xaing9See all my reviews

All these characters have problems. But i think that is the point. Because the movie is mostly supposed to be about the hotel itself. The people in it are just passing through. The film is showing how the people change, but ideals stay the same. The ideals that the hotel was built on and for the first place. Is it creativity? Or madness? Or apathy? I like all the open spaces in this story. You can fill in whatever you want. It's the sort of spirit of the Chelsea Hotel of old. But most people these days probably won't get it. Or don't want to. Or can't. Nobody dreams about art anymore. Everybody wants a million bucks. Who's life is richer?


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