Four Rooms

Four Rooms

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Director: Allison Anders, Alexandre Rockwell, Robert Rodriguez

Cast: Allison Anders, Alexandre Rockwell, Robert Rodriguez, Quentin Tarantino

     
 

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Four of the most celebrated directors in the independent film community pooled their talents for this episodic comedy. Ted (Tim Roth) is the new bellboy at a beautiful but decaying luxury hotel; he is not having a good time of it on New Year's Eve, his first night on the job. In one room, a coven of witches are trying to summon the spirit of the goddess Diana; each of… See more details below

Overview

Four of the most celebrated directors in the independent film community pooled their talents for this episodic comedy. Ted (Tim Roth) is the new bellboy at a beautiful but decaying luxury hotel; he is not having a good time of it on New Year's Eve, his first night on the job. In one room, a coven of witches are trying to summon the spirit of the goddess Diana; each of the witches must bring a different bodily fluid for their spell to work, but Eva (Ione Skye), who was supposed to bring semen, managed to lose her supplies, and needs Ted's help for a last-minute replacement. Another room, where Ted was supposed to deliver some ice, turns out to house an angry husband (David Proval), who is holding his bound-and-gagged wife (Jennifer Beals) at gunpoint. A third room is taken by a tough-talking gangster (Antonio Banderas), his doormat wife (Tamlyn Tomita), and their two children; the gangster demands that Ted watch over the kids, who turn out to be mischievous terrors beyond Ted's wildest imagination. And room number four is where an arrogant film actor (Quentin Tarantino) is holding a party. One of his guests makes a bet that he can get a Zippo lighter to light ten times in a row, with his finger at stake if he loses. Allison Anders directed the first segment, which also featured Madonna, Valeria Golino, and Lili Taylor. The second segment was directed by Alexandre Rockwell, husband of his frequent leading lady Jennifer Beals. Robert Rodriguez directed the third story, while the finale was directed by its star, Quentin Tarantino; the final segment also features Bruce Willis, who appeared unbilled.

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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide
A pet project for its four directors -- all of whom were discovered and became friends at the 1992 Sundance Festival -- this vignette film is entertaining, albeit in a sick, darkly humorous way. Each vignette features a different helmer: Robert Rodriguez, Allison Anders, Alexandre Rockwell, and Quentin Tarantino. Four Rooms has an overall down-the-rabbit-hole feel with the pedantic Tim Roth as the buffooning bellhop minstrel unifying the four stories. Anders' piece is mostly hogwash, replete with a halfhearted cameo from Madonna. Rockwell's entry is intense, thanks to a little help from a potty-mouthed Jennifer Beals. Rodriguez, on the other hand, takes a page out of Tales From the Crypt for a disgustingly ludicrous segment featuring Antonio Banderas. Tarantino's culminating piece -- an homage to Hitchcock's Rope -- is fraught with hysterical tension and a nicely mannered Bruce Willis. A slimy, sometimes hilarious slab of rambunctious cinema, Tarantino's bit even includes the director himself, as a high-falooting blowhard.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/28/2011
UPC:
0096009770495
Original Release:
1995
Rating:
R
Source:
Miramax Echo Bridge
Time:
1:37:00

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Tim Roth Ted the bellhop
Valeria Golino Athena ["The Missing Ingredient"]
Jennifer Beals Angela (segments "The Man from Hollywood"/"The Wrong
Antonio Banderas Man (segment "The Misbehavers")
Quentin Tarantino Chester (segment "The Man from Hollywood")
Bruce Willis Leo ["The Man from Hollywood"]
Amanda de Cadenet Diana
Madonna Elspeth ["The Missing Ingredient"]
Ione Skye Eva ["The Missing Ingredient"]
Lili Taylor Raven ["The Missing Ingredient"]
Alicia Witt Kiva (segment "The Missing Ingredient")
David Proval Sigfried ["The Wrong Man"]
Tamlyn Tomita Wife (segment "The Misbehavers")
Salma Hayek TV dancer (segment "The Misbehavers")
Paul Calderon Norman ["The Man from Hollywood"]
Lawrence Bender Long Hair Yuppy Scum
Kathy Griffin Betty
Marc Lawrence Sam the Bellhop
Paul Skemp Real Theodore
Marisa Tomei Margaret
Sammi Davis Jezebel ["The Missing Ingredient"]
Lana McKissack Actor
Danny Verduzco Actor

Technical Credits
Allison Anders Director,Screenwriter
Alexandre Rockwell Director,Executive Producer,Screenwriter
Robert Rodriguez Director,Editor,Screenwriter
Quentin Tarantino Director,Executive Producer,Screenwriter
Fernando Altschul Asst. Director
Sara Andrews Set Decoration/Design
Lawrence Bender Producer
Mayne Schuyler Berke Art Director
Susan Bertram Costumes/Costume Designer
Combustible Edison Score Composer
Esquivel Score Composer
Gary Frutkoff Production Designer
Rodrigo García Cinematographer
Margie Goodspeed Editor
Mary Claire Hannan Costumes/Costume Designer
Paul Hellerman Co-producer
Scott Lambert Co-producer
Elena Maganini Editor
Sally Menke Editor
Buillermo Navarro Cinematographer
Phil Parmet Cinematographer
Mary Ramos Musical Direction/Supervision
Andrzej Sekula Cinematographer
Dolby sound Sound/Sound Designer
Paul Starr Makeup
Heidi Vogel Co-producer

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Four Rooms
1. Listen Kid [5:35]
2. Honeymoon Suite [4:53]
3. Symbolic Rock [4:10]
4. Make Her Smile [7:54]
5. Room 404 [6:29]
6. Nibble Teddy [5:15]
7. Help Me [6:40]
8. Misbehaviors [7:42]
9. Needle [6:14]
10. Target Practice [3:34]
11. Dead Hooker [6:05]
12. Betty [5:33]
13. Penthouse [7:39]
14. Items [10:36]
15. Money [9:16]

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