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The Hotel New Hampshire (1984)

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DVD Release Date
 R1: Jul 10, 2001

Budget $7,500,000

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Running Time
1 hour, 49 minutes

Country USA, UK, Canada

Studio Orion, Woodfall

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Other Titles
• The Hotel New Hampshire
• Das Hotel New Hampshire (1985)

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Genre: Drama, Comedy, Racy, Coming Of Age, Gay/Lesbian, Christmas, Black Comedy, On The Road, Disturbing, Satire, Hostage, Terrorism, Prostitution

Plot: British director Tony Richardson takes on John Irving's picaresque black comedy about an eccentric and unusually peripatetic family in a film starring Rob Lowe as John Berry, the family's oldest son. John's father, Win (Beau Bridges), is obsessed with hotels, so he buys a run-down seminary in New England, transforming it into the Hotel New Hampshire. The extended family includes the profanity-spouting Franny (Jodie Foster); Lily (Jennifer Dundas); a dwarf, Frank (Paul McCrane), who is gay; John, who is strongly attracted to his sister; Egg (Seth Green), the youngest boy; and Iowa Bob (Wilford Brimley), Win's father. After a number of tragic incidents, including the gang rape of Franny, are seen through the special lenses of black comedy, the family is invited to take over another hotel in Vienna, courtesy of their friend Freud (Wallace Shawn). On arrival, they find that the upper floors of the hotel are dedicated to prostitution and the bottom floors are occupied by terrorists. They also meet Freud's companion, Susie the Bear (Nastassia Kinski), a woman so obsessed with her unattractiveness that she spends all her time in a bear suit. Richardson elicits fine performances from his talented cast in this wild ride through the mind of John Irving.

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 Directed by
Tony Richardson
Blue Sky, Tom Jones, The Border
 Written by
John Irving
The Cider House Rules, The World According to Garp, Simon Birch
Tony Richardson
Blue Sky, Tom Jones, The Border
Rob Lowe
Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me, Wayne's World, The Outsiders
Jodie Foster
The Silence of the Lambs, Taxi Driver, Contact
Paul McCrane
The Shawshank Redemption, RoboCop, Fame
Beau Bridges
The Fabulous Baker Boys, The Wizard, Norma Rae
Seth Green
Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me, Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery, Austin Powers in Goldmember
Nastassja Kinski
Playing by Heart, Paris, Texas, Cat People
Joely Richardson
The Patriot, Event Horizon, Return to Me
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