A writer encounters the owner of an aging high-class hotel, who tells him of his early years serving as a lobby boy in the hotel's glorious years under an exceptional concierge.

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Wes Anderson

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Stefan Zweig (inspired by the writings of), Wes Anderson (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ralph Fiennes ... M. Gustave
F. Murray Abraham ... Mr. Moustafa
Mathieu Amalric ... Serge X.
Adrien Brody ... Dmitri
Willem Dafoe ... Jopling
Jeff Goldblum ... Deputy Kovacs
Harvey Keitel ... Ludwig
Jude Law ... Young Writer
Bill Murray ... M. Ivan
Edward Norton ... Henckels
Saoirse Ronan ... Agatha
Jason Schwartzman ... M. Jean
Léa Seydoux ... Clotilde
Tilda Swinton ... Madame D.
Tom Wilkinson ... Author
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Storyline

This movie recounts the adventures of M. Gustave (Ralph Fiennes), a legendary concierge at a famous European hotel between the wars, and Zero Moustafa (Tony Revolori), the lobby boy who becomes his most trusted friend. The story involves the theft and recovery of a priceless Renaissance painting and the battle for an enormous family fortune - all against the backdrop of a suddenly and dramatically changing continent. Written by Fox Searchlight Pictures

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

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Saoirse Ronan plays Agatha, and Anderson recalls her asking what accent she should use for the character. "And I said, 'well Ralph is speaking like an English person, and Jeff is speaking like Jeff Goldblum, and Tony is speaking in the accent of Anaheim, and we have German actors who are speaking with German accents, so I guess Irish.'" Ronan replied that she's never played a character in her real accent (to that point, although she has since in 2015's Brooklyn), "so her first time is when she's playing a bakery girl from Zubrowka." See more »

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When Zero and M. Gustave are talking after the prison break, Zero's satchel strap is hanging over his shoulder in some shots and across his chest in other shots. See more »

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[first lines]
Author: It is an extremely common mistake. People think the writer's imagination is always at work, that he's constantly inventing an endless supply of incidents and episodes; that he simply dreams up his stories out of thin air. In point of fact, the opposite is true. Once the public knows you're a writer, they bring the characters and events to you. And as long as you maintain your ability to look, and to carefully listen, these stories will continue to...
Author's Grandson: [...]
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Soundtracks

Concerto for Lute and Plucked Strings I. Moderato
Written by Antonio Vivaldi
Performed by Siegfried Behrend and DZO Chamber Orchestra
Courtesy of Fonoteam GmbH
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Wes Anderson's Best?
14 March 2014 | by edgereviewsSee all my reviews

I would consider myself a Wes Anderson fan, however in saying that, I have only seen a handful of his movies. I was very excited for The Grand Budapest Hotel, because of its excellent cast, the fact it's directed by Wes Anderson and just by how unique it looked. After watching The Grand Budapest Hotel, I can confidently say that it's my new favourite Wes Anderson film, and probably his best.

As I was hoping, the story to The Grand Budapest Hotel is very original and unique, some may even say strange. And as the movie goes on, the story only gets wilder and wilder. The film is often very hilarious, with some seriously funny dark humour thrown in there as well. Characters are extremely well written, with the bond between Gustave and Zero being the backbone of the whole movie as it's so well written. The Grand Budapest Hotel features an odd narrative structure that works very well for the film, again adding to the uniqueness and freshness of it. I wasn't exactly sure how the story would play out, as I purposely avoided all promotional materiel so I would know as little as possible before watching. This was a great benefit to my viewing experience as I loved everything I saw, and felt as though nothing was spoiled from watching too many trailers.

I haven't been a huge fan of most of Ralph Fiennes' work since his phenomenal performance in 1993′s "Schindler's List", but this is easily his best performance since then. He proves he can do comedy just as well as he can do drama, providing a perfect balance of both. Newcomer Tony Revolori is excellent as well. I won't get into the whole supporting cast because there's so many who were all so great, but I was particularly impressed by Willem Dafoe, Adrien Brody, Harvey Keitel, Jude Law and Saoirse Ronan.

The Grand Budapest Hotel is definitely a Wes Anderson film, down to its very core. If you know his style, then you known what to expect, as this movie is full of it. Thankfully though, it's not a case of style over substance, with a great story to accompany the gorgeous visuals. The colour palette is beautiful; it's nice to see lot's of bright colours when so many other films are so dark and dreary. The set design and costumes are perfect, and there's so much attention to detail within the sets. The cinematography is phenomenal, and I really like how the film was presented in different aspect ratios.

You really can't go wrong with this film. It's probably Wes Anderson's best film, it has gorgeous visuals, excellent acting and a wonderful story. If you're a fan of Wes Anderson's previous work, you cannot miss this, and even if you're not a fan you should go and see it anyway.


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Country:

Germany | USA

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English | French | German

Release Date:

28 March 2014 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Görlitz, Saxony, Germany See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$811,166, 9 March 2014

Gross USA:

$59,301,324

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$172,945,750
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