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Hotel New Hampshire
     

The Hotel New Hampshire

Director: Tony Richardson

Cast: Jodie Foster, Beau Bridges, Rob Lowe

 

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This macabre, whimsical, erotic, dark, seriocomic film is a complex tale about an eccentric family and the psychological and emotional maelstroms that follow them around from New England to New York to Vienna, where the Hotel New Hampshire is located. Writer-director Tony Richardson worked from the convoluted novel by John Irving that covers most universally saleable

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This macabre, whimsical, erotic, dark, seriocomic film is a complex tale about an eccentric family and the psychological and emotional maelstroms that follow them around from New England to New York to Vienna, where the Hotel New Hampshire is located. Writer-director Tony Richardson worked from the convoluted novel by John Irving that covers most universally saleable topics -- homosexuality, death, incest, abandonment, Nazis, masochism, terrorists, rape, mental instability, and anarchists. The children in the family are the main focus: John (Rob Lowe) is a womanizing high-school student with a deep-rooted desire for his own sister; Franny (Jodie Foster) is the eldest daughter, a victim of a gang rape, now morbidly fascinated by one of the rapists, and equally attracted to her brother with incestuous desire; Frank (Paul McCrane) is the younger gay brother; and Lilly (Jennifer Dundas) is the little sister who blossoms into a famous author. Associated with the family is Suzie the Bear (Nastassja Kinski) who is not secure enough to come out of her bear suit. One friend of the family, Freud (Wallace Shawn), has been blinded by the Nazis and is running the Hotel New Hampshire in Vienna when he asks everyone to come and help him out. By this time, the plot has run out of room, and the climactic endings to several unresolved relationships happen in quick succession.

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All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
It's just not easy making a film out of a John Irving novel, as The Hotel New Hampshire vividly demonstrates. It's not just that what makes Irving's novels distinctive is his unique voice, tone, and style, all of which are difficult to translate to the screen; it's also that his books tend to have a tremendous amount of incident (and often characters), much more than can easily be boiled down to two hours. As might be expected, Hotel really doesn't work onscreen, despite the best efforts of writer/director Tony Richardson, some of which pay off and some of which seriously miss the mark. The film's biggest failing is probably its inability to find a consistent tone (or to make its many tones mesh together harmoniously), although its disjointed narrative runs a close second. With so much going on in the film, there's not enough time to really explore the characters themselves, although the cast generally manages to fill in the blanks admirably. Rob Lowe is the major exception, giving a performance that is bland and uninvolving. Usually acting opposite Lowe, Jodie Foster has to do double duty and succeeds admirably, but the film's best work comes from Paul McCrane, whose Frank is sensitively rendered.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/05/2016
UPC:
0738329182427
Original Release:
1984
Rating:
R
Source:
Kl Studio Classics
Region Code:
A
Time:
1:49:00
Sales rank:
40,532

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jodie Foster Franny
Beau Bridges Father/Win Berry
Robert A.A. Lowe John
Nastassja Kinski Susie the bear
Wilford Brimley Iowa Bob
Dorsey Wright Junior Jones
Jennifer Dundas Lilly
Matthew Modine Chip Dove/Ernst
Paul McCrane Frank
Anita Morris Ronda Ray
Amanda Plummer Miss Miscarriage
Lisa Banes Mother
Seth Green Egg
Wallace Shawn Freud
Gayle Garfinkle Doris Walker/Screaming Annie
Jonelle Allen Sabrina
Adrian Aron American Woman
Wally Aspell Hotel Manager
Jade D. Bari Jolanta
Louis di Bianco Bartender
Roger Blay Arbiter
Linda Clark German Woman
Jeffrey Cohen New York Journalist
Fred Doederlein Finnish Doctor
Norris Domingue High School Band Conductor
Lorena Gale Dark Inge
Arthur Grosser American Husband
Joan Heney Connecticut Woman
Jon Hutman Reporter
Richard Jutras Lenny Metz
Janine Manatis Schwanger
Walter Massey Texan
Tara O'Donnell American Daughter
Johnny O'Neil Chester Pulaski
Joely Richardson Waitress
Jean-Louis Roux Old Billie
Michele Scarabelli Chip Dove's Girl Friend
Robert Thomas Harold Swallow
Jerome Tiberghien Stunts
Cali Timmins Bitty Tuck
Anthony Ulc Chip Dove Gang Member
Timothy Webber Wrench
Raymond Leppard Conductor

Technical Credits
Tony Richardson Director,Screenwriter
Jim Beach Co-producer
James Beach Producer
Peter Cox Stunts
Howard Feuer Casting
Jacques Godbout Special Effects
Neil Hartley Producer
Jocelyn Herbert Costumes/Costume Designer,Production Designer
Grahame Jennings Executive Producer
Pieter Kroonenburg Producer
Robert Lambert Editor
Raymond Leppard Score Composer,Musical Arrangement
Steve Maslow Sound/Sound Designer
John Meighen Art Director
Jacques Offenbach Score Composer
David J. Patterson Producer
David Rigby Stunts
Jeremy Ritzer Casting
Patrick Rousseau Sound/Sound Designer
Bill Scott Associate Producer,Asst. Director
Diane Simard Makeup
Jerome Tiberghien Stunts
Norman Twain Associate Producer
Kent Walwin Executive Producer
David Watkin Cinematographer
John Irving Source Author

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