Eloise at the Plaza

Eloise at the Plaza

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Director: Kevin Lima, Julie Andrews, Christine Baranski, Jeffrey Tambor

Cast: Kevin Lima, 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

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.

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:
8,228

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

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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Eloise at the Plaza 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a program that aired on the Wonderful World of Disney and the first thing I thought was ''When can I get the DVD?!!'' Absolutely delightful!
julia14JB More than 1 year ago
PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE! Make these films avilable for the Uk! were missing out.... Thank you
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EDonchey More than 1 year ago
Eloise at the Plaza Movie I know that you are going to love this movie Eloise at the Plaza. When I learned about the movie Eloise at the Plaza I zoomed straight to the computer then got online and I bought it. When I got the movie Eloise at the Plaza I watched the movie one time but the next day I watched it again the next day. When you get the movie /Eloise at the Plaza and take off the plastic on the right side you see Eloise and her dog Weny like in the Eloise books and on the left side you see Eloise like a little girl and Weny like a real little dog. The disk looks the same way. I say you can buy the movie Eloise at the Plaza online without going to the movie store and looking for the Eloise at the Plaza. Well if you want to know about Eloise at the Plaza this is how it goes: Eloise walks up and screams "Nanny!" Nanny comes in Eloise's room and they call room service. Nanny always says something three times. "Ok" after that Eloise does her morning rounds. When she gets back Phillip her tutor comes in for her lessons and the prince arrives. Eloise wants the prince to be her date to the debutant ball and. Did you know that Eloise at the Plaza is so so so funny! Like when Eloise screams "Nanny!" and the part when Eloise is listening to people in the elevator and the person she was listening to said "escort" and Eloise said "escort to what," isn't that so funny? Did you know Eloise always talks French and fancy just for fun? You should know that there is lots of feelings and action at the same time like when Eloise wakes up and screams "Nanny." It has action and shows that Eloise is ready to get up. Isn't that great? She does not want to sleep longer. Eloise had a good night sleep and is ready to wake up not like me. And when Eloise has a fit and begs it has action and shows how Eloise really wants this to happen. The movie Eloise at the Plaza really makes you feel like you're in the movie. Like when Phillip, Eloise's tutor fights with Eloise. I felt like I was fighting with them. Like the part when Eloise and Loin were talking about Loin's mother who died. I felt like Eloise, feeling sorry for him. And like the time when Eloise said "I'm not going to show you the city if you don't stop laughing." Eloise threatened Loin because Loin was laughing. I thought like I was Eloise threatening Loin. Eloise at the Plaza makes you so focused on the movie. Like when Phillip the tutor and Eloise were fighting I found myself moving my head when one or the other were speaking and like the part when Mr.S told Eloise about how they had afive star hotel. When Mr. S said the names of the five star I said exactly same thing at the exactly same time. And last but not least, how it's like the book. Like how Eloise looks like Eloise in the books top to bottom, hair ribbon to black fancy shoes. In the book Eloise has: a red hair ribbon, black and white ruffled jumper, blonde hair, white tights, very fancy black shoes, and in the movie Eloise has a: red hair ribbon , black and white ruffled jumper, blonde hair, white tights, and finally very fancy back shoes. And how the setting is just how you would imagine it and just like in the book because in the books Eloise's room is painted hot pink, is messy and has Eloise's name in even hotter pink. Like the Plaza hotel setting is just about perfect. The characters definitely talk like you would imagine them in the book like how Nanny always says something three times. Why Eloise always talks F
Guest More than 1 year ago
This film is absolutly wonderful. It is different than other family films. It is witty and fun. It is sure to put a smile on your face. A great family film. I loved it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Disney did a wonderful job portraying Eloise from the beloved children's books. A great movie to enjoy with the children.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this is a great movie for kids and parents alike.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
FIRST OF ALL, ANYTHING THAT JULIE ANDREWS DOES IS A TREAT(HAVE YOU READ HER BOOKS-A MUST). ELOISE AT THE PLAZA IS TRULY NO EXCEPTION. THIS HOLIDAY MOVIE IS GREAT FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY - INVITING EVERYONE TO SHARE IN ITS MAGICAL MOMENTS. THERE'S AN OUTSTANDING CAST WHO BRING THE STORY TO LIFE, AND MAKES YOU WANT TO BE A PART OF EVERYTHING THAT IS HAPPENING AT THE PLAZA(NO SURPRISE). I WILL PURCHASE THIS FILM FOR MY MIDDLE SCHOOL CLASS, AND SHOW IT AS PART OF THEIR HOLIDAY TREAT. BRAVO!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I borrowed this DVD from the library, hoping it would be good. However, I was very disappointed. I thought Eloise was going to be a very, very cute little girl... instead, she was an obnoxious brat! I was shocked at how little the mom and the adults who watched her did to control her. She was a big brat... In one scene, where she asks a man for something, he tells her no. She then looks at the camera and says, "This is the time where I have to have a screaming fit." Then, she starts having this LOUD temper tantrum, until the adults finally stooping down to their level. Where is the message in that? That kids can get what they want when they scream and cry and throw tantrums? Other things Eloise does in the movie that may be objectional: she punches someone, she disobeys her mother, she rolls her eyes and uses sarcasm with adults, etc. The adults in this movie were portrayed as idiots, while the kids were portrayed as the smart ones who "always knew best". I didn't find Eloise's attitude and behavior very appropriate. The movie would have been good if it wouldn't have been for this obnoxious girl that they created. I haven't read the books yet, but I hope that she is not as annoying as the way she is in the movie!!!