California Suite

California Suite

Director: Herbert Ross

Cast: Alan Alda, Michael Caine, Bill Cosby

     
 

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Playwright Neil Simon turned to the hotel setting he used so successfully in his stage-play (later a movie) Plaza Suite to explore four more human dramas in his play California Suite, which was adapted into this quite successful movie. In the first episode, the divorced couple of Bill and Hannah Warren (Alan Alda and Jane Fonda) have rented a suite in aSee more details below

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Playwright Neil Simon turned to the hotel setting he used so successfully in his stage-play (later a movie) Plaza Suite to explore four more human dramas in his play California Suite, which was adapted into this quite successful movie. In the first episode, the divorced couple of Bill and Hannah Warren (Alan Alda and Jane Fonda) have rented a suite in a posh Beverly Hills hotel in order to have a discussion about who will get the custody of their child. In the next episode, Sidney Cochran and Diana Barrie (Michael Caine and Maggie Smith) are a hilarious pair of Hollywood stars who have rented the suite to await their appearance at the Academy Awards: it is a "date of convenience" which enables the sexually adventurous duo to conduct their other, more unconventional alliances out of the public eye. Drs. Willis Panama and Chauncy Gump (Bill Cosby and Richard Pryor) have brought their families to Beverly Hills for a vacation which takes on nightmarish tone. Finally, Marvin Michaels (Walter Matthau) tries frantically and unsuccessfully to explain the situation to his wife (Elaine May) when she catches him in flagrante delicto with a hooker. Actress Maggie Smith won an Academy Award as "Best Supporting Actress" for her role in this film, in which she plays the actress waiting to win . . . an Academy Award.

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Whether adapting his own plays or writing directly for the screen, Neil Simon was one of the few writers who could draw an audience on his name alone. The typical Simon script combines humor, sentimentality, and pace in ways that Hollywood (and audiences) often found hard to resist. Directed by veteran Herbert Ross and featuring a large cast of big-name actors and immediately accessible character situations, California Suite was destined to be, and in fact was, a popular film. A derivative of Simon's successful 1971 Plaza Suite (three vignettes set in a Manhattan hotel), California Suite is four intercut vignettes set in a Beverly Hill Hotel. Although the four stories appear to be crisscrossed for no reason, and some flounder badly at times, Maggie Smith, who won an Oscar for her role as an aging actress, and Michael Caine steal the show -- a significant achievement considering such talents as Richard Pryor, Bill Cosby, Walter Matthau, Elaine May, Jane Fonda, and Alan Alda are also on the bill. Simon was nominated for an Academy Award for the script based on his own play (his third nomination in four years).

Product Details

Release Date:
12/07/2010
UPC:
0014381685527
Original Release:
1978
Rating:
PG
Source:
Image Entertainment
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Time:
1:43:00
Sales rank:
25,224

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Alan Alda Bill Warren
Michael Caine Sidney Cochran
Bill Cosby Dr. Willis Panama
Jane Fonda Hannah Warren
Walter Matthau Marvin Michaels
Richard Pryor Dr. Chauncy Gump
Maggie Smith Diana Barrie
Elaine May Millie Michaels
Gloria E. Gifford Lola Gump
Sheila Frazier Bettina Panama
Herb Edelman Harry Michaels
Judith Brown Oscar Winner
James Coburn Actor
Kelly Harmon Actor
Jerrold Ziman Man on Phone
Bert May Actor
Denise Galik Bunny
David Sheehan Himself
Michael Boyle Desk Clerk
Len Lawson Frank
Gino Ardito Plumber
Clint Young Doorman
David Matthau Bellboy
James Espinoza Busboy
Buddy Douglas Page
Brian Cummings Autograph Seeker
Rita Gomez Maid
Tina Menard Maid
Lupe Ontiveros Maid
Eddie Villery Waiter
Army Archerd Himself
Gary Hendrix Oscar Winner's Date
Christopher Pennock Policeman
Jack Scanlan P.R. Man
Dana Plato Jenny
Nora Boland Passenger
David Rini Airline Rep.
John Hawker Sky Cap
Tawny Moyer Stewardess

Technical Credits
Herbert Ross Director
Claude Bolling Score Composer
Margaret Booth Editor
Albert Brenner Production Designer
Robert Dawson Special Effects
Garrett Lewis Consultant/advisor
Marvin March Set Decoration/Design
Pat Norris Costumes/Costume Designer
Al Overton Sound/Sound Designer
Jack Roe Asst. Director
Ann Roth Costumes/Costume Designer
Charles Schram Makeup
Ronald L. Schwary Associate Producer,Production Manager
Neil Simon Screenwriter
Ray Stark Producer
Michael A. Stevenson Editor
David M. Walsh Cinematographer

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Scene Index

Side #1 -- Widescreen
0. Scene Selections
1. Start [2:22]
2. No Left Turns [2:42]
3. Doctors on Vacation [3:07]
4. Nine-Year Reunion [7:24]
5. Come to Hunt Bear [3:41]
6. From Eternity Back to Here [1:33]
7. Discussing Jenny's Well-Being [6:42]
8. Diana's Acceptance Speech [3:04]
9. Win Some, Lose Some [10:07]
10. Without Reservation [2:32]
11. Watching the Toilet Flush [1:01]
12. "Notice the Hump?" [4:04]
13. No Fun Anymore [3:29]
14. At the Awards [2:29]
15. A Loser and a Lady [1:02]
16. Early Birthday Present [1:29]
17. Twit & Twittette [2:09]
18. Waist Deep in Shallow Waters [3:25]
19. Never Say Never Again [9:48]
20. Millie Arrives [4:51]
21. "Got a Girl in Here?" [4:16]
22. Sex-Crazed in the Morning [3:00]
23. The Awful Truth [1:30]
24. Behaving With Dignity [2:58]
25. Suite Casualties [1:20]
26. "Not in Front of the Hooker." [5:19]
27. Friends Forever [:37]
28. "I Love You, Mother." [2:16]
Side #2 -- Full Screen
0. Scene Selections
1. Start [2:22]
2. No Left Turns [2:42]
3. Doctors on Vacation [3:07]
4. Nine-Year Reunion [7:24]
5. Come to Hunt Bear [3:41]
6. From Eternity Back to Here [1:33]
7. Discussing Jenny's Well-Being [6:42]
8. Diana's Acceptance Speech [3:04]
9. Win Some, Lose Some [10:07]
10. Without Reservation [2:32]
11. Watching the Toilet Flush [1:01]
12. "Notice the Hump?" [4:04]
13. No Fun Anymore [3:29]
14. At the Awards [2:29]
15. A Loser and a Lady [1:02]
16. Early Birthday Present [1:29]
17. Twit & Twittette [2:09]
18. Waist Deep in Shallow Waters [3:25]
19. Never Say Never Again [9:48]
20. Millie Arrives [4:51]
21. "Got a Girl in Here?" [4:16]
22. Sex-Crazed in the Morning [3:00]
23. The Awful Truth [1:30]
24. Behaving With Dignity [2:58]
25. Suite Casualties [1:20]
26. "Not in Front of the Hooker." [5:19]
27. Friends Forever [:37]
28. "I Love You, Mother." [2:16]

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