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In the late 1960s, an aging priest suffering from early onset dementia, a struggling African American female singer, a talkative salesman on vacation and an unfriendly young woman who may or may not be a hippie, arrive by chance on the same day at Lake Tahoe's "El Royale", a once glitzy but now rundown roadside motel lying on the very border between California and Nevada, and operated by a single troubled staff member who holds many dark secrets. Throughout the day, it becomes increasingly clear that almost no one there is exactly who they seem, but things really go from bad to worse in the evening when heavy rain hits and someone much worse than those inside arrives to find "a friend" and bring hell to all those unlucky enough to be there at the time.Written by
Towards the end of the film, several different fires erupt in the lobby of the El Royale due to a scuffle between Father Daniel Flynn and his captor Billy Lee. Yet, Father Daniel and Darlene Sweet spend an inordinate amount of time inside the burning lobby rather than fleeing. The multiple fires in this lobby scene are extremely slow-burning and amazingly well-contained. Father Daniel and Darlene most likely would have had difficulty breathing due to smoke inhalation after being exposed to the indoor inferno for fewer than 5 minutes, yet they choose to remain in the lobby for 10 to 15 minutes. See more »
[from trailer, to Fr. Flynn]
This is not a place for a priest, Father. You shouldn't be here.
Laramie Seymour Sullivan:
We might need to work on your sales pitch, son. "The El Royale: no place for a priest.'
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Darlene is shown singing in the background over the first half of the closing credits. Aside from this, there are no mid-credits/post-credits scenes. See more »
Superb acting particularly by Jeff Bridges and Cynthia Erivo. Storyline was enthralling and had me on the edge of my seat the entire time - I'm usually able to predict what happens next to progress the plot, but this movie surprised me each and every time. Seamlessly blends comedy and mystery/suspense, which is what I feel like A Simple Favor failed to execute successfully last month. Would recommend for anyone who wants a fun ride with a bit of substance!
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