Early 1970s. Four strangers check in at the El Royale Hotel. The hotel is deserted, staffed by a single desk clerk. Some of the new guests' reasons for being there are less than innocent and some are not who they appear to be.

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Drew Goddard

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Drew Goddard
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jeff Bridges ... Father Daniel Flynn / Dock O'Kelly
Cynthia Erivo ... Darlene Sweet
Dakota Johnson ... Emily Summerspring
Jon Hamm ... Laramie Seymour Sullivan / Dwight Broadbeck
Chris Hemsworth ... Billy Lee
Cailee Spaeny ... Rose Summerspring
Lewis Pullman ... Miles Miller
Nick Offerman ... Felix O'Kelly
Xavier Dolan ... Buddy Sunday
Shea Whigham ... Dr. Woodbury Laurence
Mark O'Brien ... Larsen Rogers
Charles Halford ... Sammy Wilds
Jim O'Heir ... Milton Wyrick
Gerry Nairn Gerry Nairn ... Reporter Paul Kraemer
Alvina August ... Vesta Shears
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Storyline

Six strangers, (Jeff Bridges, Cynthia Erivo, Dakota Johnson, Jon Hamm, Cailee Spaeny and Lewis Pullman) each with their own secrets, meet at the El Royale hotel of Lake Tahoe. Taking place over one night, alliances are made and secrets are revealed.

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Seven strangers. Seven secrets. All roads lead here.


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Rated R for strong violence, language, some drug content and brief nudity | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Tom Holland was offered the role of Miles Miller, but turned it down. See more »

Goofs

Miles mentions a guest brought a "feral wolf" into a room, but feral means a domesticated animal returned to the wild; or simply a wild untamed animal. The wolf he describes is definitely tame. See more »

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Billy Lee: Pick a color, red or black.
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Crazy Credits

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 »

Connections

Referenced in Midnight Screenings: Bad Times at the El Royale (2018) See more »

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Bend Me Shape Me
Written by Scott English and Larry Weiss (as Laurence Weiss)
Performed by American Breed (as The American Breed)
Courtesy of Geffen Records
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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You like good, old school crime/mystery movie? El Royale is the motel you need to check-in!
12 October 2018 | by krazy-mmSee all my reviews

Just watched it in cinema alone (I work there), for months I've been waiting for this movie to get my hands/eyes on. An I was not disappointed - it was old school, dusty crime thriller with an all-star cast.

Great music, great cinematography (hotel looks great), great acting, every character/actor has his/her moment in movie. This one I will watch again for sure, I was really entertained by all the actors performances, music and movie overall. This will be a great addition to Blu-ray collection when it comes out.

If you are into mystery/crime/thriller with good actor performances - you're in for a treat! Go and see this one on big screen - you won't be disappointed.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 October 2018 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Bad Times at the El Royale See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$32,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,132,647, 14 October 2018

Gross USA:

$17,839,115

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$31,882,724
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Dolby Atmos

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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