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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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a million stories tall

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Drama

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

Quotes

Ross: You're Bob Dylan? By any chance can I kiss your boot?
Terry Olsen: Fuck off.
Ross: Hey! You're from Minnesota, aren't ya? You must be him! Huh?
Terry Olsen: Seriously dude, fuck off.
Ross: Bob! Bob! Bob! Bob! Hey, listen to this, you're not going to believe this, man. I am down in the lobby, right? Right?
Terry Olsen: Yeah?
Ross: There's this guy, puttin' up a paintin'. So, I'm like, helpin' 'em with the ladder and shit. He tells me, he lives here, in a room just like this one... but he's got it all for free. Yup, all he's gotta do is give a paintin'...
[...]
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Version of Under Milk Wood (1992) See more »

Soundtracks

When the Roses Bloom Again
Traditional
Arranged by Wilco
Performed by Billy Bragg and Wilco
Courtesy of Elektra Entertainment Group
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
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"Fame" was better than this
29 March 2004 | by sorabjiSee all my reviews

I connect with what this thing is supposed to be, but the substance of these artists is poor. Nothing we see from them rises above the level of teenage poetry. The Chelsea Hotel is still a mecca for poets and artists, even if today it's more a mecca for kids of Kerouac. This movie shows the Chelsea as a mecca for 21st century sulking hipsters who learned hippy-dom from Woodstock DVDs. I don't think that's accurate. If you take away the artist premise and the reputation of the Chelsea as a setting, and replace it with a college dorm full of political science majors, you'd have an equally fascinating film.

But I find the building, the inside of that building, to be beautiful.


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