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

Writer:

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

"Flynn" was also Jeff Bridges's character's name in TRON (1982). See more »

Goofs

after Emily shoots Laramie and she hears moaning coming from behind the wall she walks over to the cracked mirror and then it switches from Myles viewpoint and she is literally leaning through the hole and says "Jesus (etc)", but later on when it shows the scene from Darlene's viewpoint after Emily shoots Laramie she walks over to the hole and says "Jesus (etc)" but she is standing at the hole and not leaning through it, oops... See more »

Quotes

Billy Lee: It all starts with a simple choice.
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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 The Kill Count: The Cabin in the Woods (2012) (2019) 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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Surprisingly good
24 December 2018 | by abenezerberhanuSee all my reviews

I didn't expect much from this movie when i started it but it was very interesting and good. The story is pretty interesting and the build up is also perfect. It keeps you waiting shrouding you with mystery. The cast is perfect. Personally i thought Jeff bridge's performance was perfect. The other cast also give a solid performance. All in all the movie is very enjoyable and i definitely recommend it


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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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Sound Mix:

Dolby Atmos

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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