Eloise at the Plaza

Eloise at the Plaza

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Director: Kevin Lima

Cast: Julie Andrews, Christine Baranski, Jeffrey Tambor

     
 

Created by author/entertainer Kay Thompson in 1955, precocious six-year-old Eloise, who lived in the Plaza Hotel with her long-suffering nanny, her dog Weenie, and her turtle Skipperdee, was the heroine of several delightful children's books written by Thompson and whimsically illustrated by Hilary Knight. The charm of the "Eloise" books has proven elusive whenever…  See more details below

Overview

Created by author/entertainer Kay Thompson in 1955, precocious six-year-old Eloise, who lived in the Plaza Hotel with her long-suffering nanny, her dog Weenie, and her turtle Skipperdee, was the heroine of several delightful children's books written by Thompson and whimsically illustrated by Hilary Knight. The charm of the "Eloise" books has proven elusive whenever the property is adapted for another media, as witness a disastrous musical version which aired live on Playhouse 90 in 1956. On this occasion, Eloise came off as a spoiled obstreperous brat, which was as much the fault of the child actress cast in the role (Evelyn Rudie) as the adapters. Disney decided to give little Eloise another chance 47 years later with the location-filmed Eloise at the Plaza, a two-hour movie presentation of ABC's The Wonderful World of Disney anthology. This time around, Sofia Vassilieva played the title role, with Julie Andrews as Eloise's nanny (something of a full-circle for Andrews, who won an Oscar for her portrayal of a rather different nanny in the 1964 Disney theatrical feature Mary Poppins). The plot finds Eloise insisting upon attending a debutante ball at the Plaza and further conniving to have a runaway foreign prince (Denis Akiyama) -- who isn't much older than she is -- as her escort. Our heroine also mends fences between a reluctant teenage deb and the girl's pushy mother. Jeffrey Tambor is typecast as the Plaza's supercilious concierge Mr. Salomone, whose dithering efforts to keep Eloise from nosing into other people's business avail him not one bit. Hilary Knight appears in a cameo role as himself. Eloise at the Plaza first aired April 27, 2003.

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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Donald Liebenson
Eloise makes New York's Plaza Hotel her personal playground in this live-action adaptation of the classic Kay Thompson kids' book: She runs down the halls drumming on walls, makes rude faces at the guests, exercises in the elevators, and pours pitchers of water down the mail chute. Dr. Phil would definitely not approve, but children may be tempted to cheer, "You go, girl" as Sofia Vassileva brings the precocious and captivating six-year-old to life, looking remarkably like Hilary Knight’s captivating illustrations. Eloise's enduring appeal is that she brings the unbridled energy of childhood to the Plaza’s hoity-toity adult world, eschewing boredom in all its forms. A day in her charmed life includes tormenting her tutor, playing matchmaker for a reluctant debutante, befriending a young prince, and calling room service to send up "one roast beef bone, one raisin, and seven spoons." She even finds time to save the day for the hotel’s beleaguered manager (Jeffrey Tambor). Julie Andrews costars as Eloise's beloved nanny, who tries, tries, tries to keep her young charge in line. Christine Baranski turns up long enough to be the brunt of one of Eloise's pranks, setting the stage for a welcome sequel.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/11/2003
UPC:
0786936227260
Original Release:
2003
Rating:
NR
Source:
Walt Disney Video
Region Code:
1
Sound:
[Dolby Digital]
Time:
1:28:00
Sales rank:
3,807

Special Features

Closed Caption; "From Page to Screen: The Making of Eloise at the Plaza" featurette; "Hilary Draws Eloise: An Art Lesson" featurette

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Julie Andrews Nanny
Christine Baranski Prunella Stickler
Jeffrey Tambor Mr. Salomone
Sofia Vassilieva Eloise
Debra Monk Maggie
Victor A. Young Mr. Peabody
Kenneth Welsh Sir Wilkes
Corinne Conley Mrs. Thornton
Tannis Burnett Miss Thompson
Julian Richings Patrice
Kintaro Akiyama Philip,Leon
Gavin Creel Bill
Denis Akiyama Prince of Kushin
Peter Keleghan Mr. Nye
Gerry Quigley Jerry
Tony Sciara Marco
Sol Rosenthal Waiter
Greg Farkas Ruth's Date
Sam Strasfield Linda's Date
Araxi Arslanian Head of Housekeeping
Debra McGrath Cornelia
George Chiang Mr. Toyama
Cliff Saunders Max
Hilary Knight Himself
Donna Feore Eloise's Mother
Colm Magner Thomas
Jason Jones Bartender
Rob Smith NYPD Officer #1
Barneita Runnings Guest
Genelle Williams Ruth
Jessica Beitchman Linda
Fionnuala Jamison Guest
David Sparrow Charlie the Doorman
Jonathan Wilson Frederic
Sergio Di Zio Lou
Janet Van de Graff Beautician
Stephanie Mills Molly Daniels
Jonas Chernick Philip
Sheree Smith Laundry Supervisor

Technical Credits
Kevin Lima Director
Thomas D. Adelman Producer
Janet Brownell Producer,Teleplay
Patrick Meehan Executive Producer
Denise Di Novi Executive Producer
Christine Sacani Producer

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Welcome to the Plaza [3:17]
2. "I'm Eloise I'm Six" [7:56]
3. The Morning Rounds [9:41]
4. "Quite a Lot to Think About" [9:28]
5. New Partner in Crime [11:59]
6. A Day in New York [8:23]
7. An Idea So "Perfectest" [8:05]
8. Tea and Turtles [10:18]
9. Wishing on a Star [3:54]
10. "Help!" [6:21]
11. Let the Ball Begin! [6:10]
12. The End [2:32]

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