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The Hotel New Hampshire (1984)

R | | Comedy, Drama | 9 March 1984 (USA)
The film talks about a family that weathers all sorts of disasters and keeps going in spite of it all. It is noted for its wonderful assortment of oddball characters.

Director:

Tony Richardson

Writers:

John Irving (novel), Tony Richardson (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Rob Lowe ... John
Jodie Foster ... Frannie
Paul McCrane ... Frank
Beau Bridges ... Father
Lisa Banes ... Mother
Jennifer Dundas ... Lilly (as Jennie Dundas)
Seth Green ... Egg
Wally Aspell Wally Aspell ... Hotel Manager
Joely Richardson ... Waitress
Wallace Shawn ... Freud
Jobst Oriwol Jobst Oriwol ... German Man (as Jobst Oriwal)
Linda Clark Linda Clark ... German Woman
Nicholas Podbrey Nicholas Podbrey ... Boy with Rifle
Norris Domingue Norris Domingue ... High School Band Conductor
Matthew Modine ... Chip Dove / Ernst
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The film talks about a family that weathers all sorts of disasters and keeps going in spite of it all. It is noted for its wonderful assortment of oddball characters. Written by L.H. Wong <as9401k56@ntuvax.ntu.ac.sg>

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The successes and failures of an American family. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK | Canada | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 March 1984 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hotel New Hampshire See more »

Filming Locations:

Canada See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$7,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,075,800, 11 March 1984, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$5,100,000
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Final feature film directed by Tony Richardson, who died in 1991, to be released during his lifetime. After this film, Blue Sky (1994) was released three years after Richardson's death. There were also four television movies released before his death. See more »

Goofs

In the award ceremony scene, numerous Austrian flags are show, but all are the civil/merchant version. As an official government function, the flags would have been the state flag (the government flag.) Unlike the United States, Austria and many other nations have multiple national flags for different purposes (government, civilian/merchant, military, on shore versus afloat, etc.) Austria's state flag bears the national coat of arms in the centre, overlapping into both of the red bars. The vertical version of the state flag has the coat of arms turned 90 degrees and placed within a shield. None of the flags in the scene bore the coat of arms. See more »

Quotes

John: Love floats, just like sorrow.
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Crazy Credits

The opening credits misspell the word "association" as "associatiation". See more »

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Colorful and humorous
5 January 2001 | by Rammstein-2See all my reviews

Movie adaptations of John Irving novels are all bound to be weird and esoteric. The one exception is "The Cider House Rules", which was rewritten for the screen by Irving himself. But "The Cider House Rules" is also the most toned-down of Irving's novels. From such works of grandiose fiction and fantastic imagination as "A Prayer for Owen Meany" and "The World According to Garp", it stands out.

"Hotel New Hampshire" is even more difficult, and as such it is a difficult novel to adapt to the screen. But I think the director has managed to do a very fine job indeed. "Hotel New Hampshire" is very faithful to Irving's original story, and has the same way of "floating above" the hardships and adventures of the family. The characters are seemingly simple but reveal deep traits of complexity in their words and actions, especially the youngest daughter Lilly and the rough Frannie, both portrayed excellently by Jennifer Dundas and Jodie Foster respectively. The father, obsessed with running a hotel, seems to lead this family on their journey, but there are greater forces at work: disasters, death, political fanaticism, incest and sex. Love and compassion also play important roles, most of all the love between Frannie and John (the narrator) and the friendship between Win Berry and Freud (and Freud's bear!).

The macabre humor is very typical of John Irving, who is a master at writing the deepest tragedy and still make you smile, but the humor serves a greater purpose: ridicule is a way to express outrage and frustration - and "Hotel New Hampshire" has its share of that: the rape of the ambivalent Frannie, the death of the poor old dog and the insanely funny way it refuses to release its hold on the family, the ridiculous radicals in Vienna and the tragic loss of family members. This film focuses on the humor more than the book does, but the seriousness seeps through in the right places. Excellent performances, great scenery and attention to detail added to humor and wit makes this film a very good adaptation of Irving's fascinating novel. Good work.


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