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Niagara Motel (2005)

R | | Drama | 24 March 2006 (Canada)
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The Niagara Motel and the attached Riverside Grill, located in Niagara Falls, are owned and operated by Serbian father and daughter, the always angry Boris and hard working Sophie. Through ... See full summary »

Director:

Gary Yates

Writers:

George F. Walker (story), George F. Walker (plays) | 2 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Craig Ferguson ... Phillie
Peter Keleghan ... Henry
Damir Andrei Damir Andrei ... Boris the Motel Owner
Wendy Crewson ... Lily
Anna Friel ... Denise
Kris Holden-Ried ... R.J. (as Kristen Holden-Ried)
Kevin Pollak ... Michael
Caroline Dhavernas ... Loretta
Catherine Fitch ... Sophie
Tom Barnett ... Dave
Normand Daneau ... Gilles
Janet-Laine Green ... Helen
Harry Nelken Harry Nelken ... Bartender
Mike Bell Mike Bell ... Pool Player / Talk Show Guest #4
Curtis Moore Curtis Moore ... Salesman
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Storyline

The Niagara Motel and the attached Riverside Grill, located in Niagara Falls, are owned and operated by Serbian father and daughter, the always angry Boris and hard working Sophie. Through the motel and/or restaurant comes a series of disparate but equally struggling people: middle aged couple Henry and Lil, formerly middle class but who are trying to cope with the loss of employment and its associated money; young couple R.J. and Denise, who are trying to clean up (with varying degrees of success) so that they can reclaim their daughter from foster care; and the restaurant's new waitress, young widowed French-Canadian Lori, who is escaping a complicated situation in her hometown and who is preyed upon by two locals, straight-laced Dave and less than straight-laced Michael. The person who sees everything that is going on is the motel's caretaker Phillie, a Scot who stayed in Niagara Falls following a personal tragedy. To escape memory of that tragedy, Phillie is in a constant state of... Written by Huggo

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Where Payment is Under the Table, and the Guests Are Over the Edge. See more »

Genres:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and some sexual content/nudity | See all certifications »
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Based on George F. Walker's six play series, Suburban Motel. See more »

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References Niagara (1953) See more »

Soundtracks

Could It Be Real
Written by Dominic Paterson, Francois Paterson and Christelle Pechin
Performed by Soma Sonic
Courtesy of Subsonic Recordings
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odd little film
23 December 2019 | by SnoopyStyleSee all my reviews

This is the story of various characters in and around a seedy motel and a diner in Niagara Falls. Married suburban couple Henry and Lily sign into the motel. R.J. and Denise are desperately waiting for a phone call. Michael is recruiting waitress Loretta to dance in Japan. The various stories need to all connect in the last act. The scattered nature of the movie leaves it less than compelling. There is one semi-funny scene during the porn shoot. Otherwise, it's an odd little film but not much more.


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Country:

Canada | UK

Language:

English | French | Serbian

Release Date:

24 March 2006 (Canada) See more »

Also Known As:

尼亚加拉旅馆 See more »

Filming Locations:

Steinbach, Manitoba, Canada See more »

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Budget:

CAD8,000,000 (estimated)
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1.85 : 1
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