I'm sorry to see this column end. It was so informative and a movie geek's dream. Very, very well done. Thank you so much.
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In Visitors from Philadelphia, conservative middle-aged businessman Marvin Michaels awakens to discover a prostitute named Bunny - an unexpected gift from his brother Harry - unconscious in his bed. With his wife Millie on her way up to the suite, he must find a way to conceal all traces of his uncharacteristic indiscretion.
Channel 4 said, "It's an expertly crafted slick movie that sets up each of its coconuts and knocks them over with a sure eye, but ultimately it's emotional sushi rather than satisfying catharsis."
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One of my fav war movies. I hope you enjoy it matey. To me it's one of the best things that Anthony Hopkins & Sean Connery has ever done.
walter matthau has a beer and cheets on his wife?
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Less than successful, veering from poignant emotionalism to broad slapstick in sudden shifts.
A vaudeville duo agree to reunite for a TV special, but it turns out that they can't stand each other.
Actually Cosby and Pryor appeared together in "Uptown Saturday Night", but that was nowhere near as good as their work together in "California Suite". Hilarious!
Quint, this was a good feature. I enjoyed it a lot. I saw a lot of good movies and a few bad ones over the last few months based on the reviews. I would enjoy seeing AMAD 2 sometime in the future.
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For her portrayal of an Oscar nominee, Maggie Smith won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress, the Evening Standard British Film Award for Best Actress, the Kansas City Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actress, and tied with Ellen Burstyn in Same Time, Next Year for the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy. She was nominated for the BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role but lost to Jane Fonda in The China Syndrome.
After being dumped by her live-in boyfriend, an unemployed dancer and her 10-year-old daughter are reluctantly forced to live with a struggling off-Broadway actor.
In Visitors from New York, Hannah Warren is a Manhattan workaholic who flies to Los Angeles to retrieve her teenaged daughter Jenny (played by Dana Plato) after she leaves home to live with her successful screenwriter father Bill. The bickering divorced couple is forced to decide what living arrangements are best for the girl.
The film was released on DVD on Region 1 DVD on January 2, 2002. It is in anamorphic widescreen format with audio tracks in English and French and subtitles in English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese, Korean, and Thai. There are no bonus features.
While the play featured two actors and two actresses each playing several roles, the film features a different actor for each role.
Time Out New York described the film as "quick and varied comedy, highly suited to Neil Simon's machine-gun gag-writing" and added, "Fonda provides the film with its centre, giving another performance of unnerving sureness. Also on the credit side is a bedroom farce of epic proportions from Matthau and May. The other vignettes are a bit glum."
Means middle-class angst covered with a thin veneer of snappy one-liners and presented in the most anonymous directorial style imaginable.
Albert Brenner and Marvin March were nominated for the Academy Award for Best Art Direction but lost to Paul Sylbert, Edwin O'Donovan, and George Gaines for Heaven Can Wait.
In Visitors from Chicago, Dr. Chauncey Gump and his wife Lola and Dr. Willis Panama and his wife Bettina are taking a much-needed vacation together. Things begin to unravel quickly when everything seems to go wrong and the two men decide to settle their differences by engaging in a very competitive mixed doubles tennis match.
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When I was a kid that scene stuck with me and gave me a pretty good case of the willies...I'd forgotten about it til I saw this post. Eush.
...by far the most consistently interesting article on this site.
Burn out? I agree this is a great column and would love to see it continue. I think it could sustain its own site. Take a break and consider doing it again.
and not the worst Simon put to screen, but not the best either. So basically what I'm saying is Quint is right, it's uneven but funny with a great cast
She'll always be that to me. Tokyo Rose went to prison for treason. Hanoi Jane made fitness videos. Go figure.
The film was shot on location at The Beverly Hills Hotel, the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion at the Los Angeles Music Center, and along Rodeo Drive.
California Suite (1978)
Henry Graham lives the life of a playboy. When his lawyer tells him one day that his lifestyle has consumed all his funds, he needs an idea to avoid climbing down the social ladder. So he intends to marry a rich woman and - murder her.
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Variety observed, "Neil Simon and Herbert Ross have gambled in radically altering the successful format of California Suite as it appeared on stage. Instead of four separate playlets, there is now one semi-cohesive narrative revolving around visitors to the Beverly Hills Hotel . . . The technique is less than successful, veering from poignant emotionalism to broad slapstick in sudden shifts."
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Jane Fonda received the Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for Best Actress in honour of her performances in California Suite, Comes a Horseman, and Coming Home.
Neil Simon was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay but lost to Oliver Stone for Midnight Express. He also was nominated for the Writers Guild of America Award for Best Adapted Screenplay.
And found it very engaging. I particularly liked the back and forth between Fonda and Alda. Really top notch work from both actors.