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  • Actors: Rod Taylor, Catherine Spaak, Karl Malden, Melvyn Douglas, Merle Oberon
  • Directors: Richard Quine
  • Writers: Wendell Mayes, Arthur Hailey
  • Producers: Wendell Mayes
  • Format: Color, NTSC
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • VHS Release Date: March 26, 1996
  • Run Time: 124 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6300270904
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #208,106 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Editorial Reviews

Screen adaptation of Arthur Hailey's dramatic novel involving multiple characters and storylines simultaneously unfolding and intertwining inside a luxury hotel.

Customer Reviews

4.2 out of 5 stars

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44 of 45 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 27, 2000
Format: VHS Tape
I could hardly believe my eyes when I saw the score to this movie described as "dreadful"! I turned on this movie shortly after it started, and probably would have turned it off if the wonderful score hadn't grabbed my attention. The music and the Technicolor beauty drew me in, and the complexly woven plot kept me watching intently, rather than just listening to the music! And the end was great; I thought it was triumphant; very uplifting! If you want to watch two hours of distilled style, a portrait of a bygone era when men still wore suits and hats, when style and luxury hadn't lost out to cheap plastic imitations, get this movie!
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31 of 33 people found the following review helpful By "seagoddess0411" on September 12, 2003
Format: VHS Tape
I love this movie! It's a wonderful escape back to an era when hospitality was in and everyone not only knew how, but were expected to "dress" (it makes me want to buy white gloves and hats just to do lunch).
Catherine Spaak and Merle Oberon are luminous in Edith Head gowns, although Catherine's posture is noticably askew (her mother should've reminded her to sit up straight). Rod Taylor's performance is marvelous, but somewhat restrained for his typical style. However, no one does a love scene with more tenderness than Rod, so it's small wonder Spaak would dump McCarthy's character for Taylor's regardless of money!
Melvyn Douglas is at his best as the curmudgeon hotelier (stroke and all), Kevin McCarthy is the takeover louse you love to hate and Karl Malden almost steals the entire movie as the hotel thief who just can't make a killing. There are also delightful performances by bit players throughout the movie; McCarthy's "oily" sychophantic male secretary and the hotel staff, especially the errant bell captain who's on the take.
The background music is sometimes annoyingly loud (the editors should have caught that!), but Carmen MacRae's all too brief appearances as the hotel saloon singer make up for any soundtrack problems. Carmen could "turn a lyric" as well as Ella!
With all of the sub-plots, you just can't wait to see what happens next and of course, what's not to love about a mostly happy ending.
My only complaint is the common mistake of mispronouncing New Orleans. If you've spent any time there, you already know it's pronounced New "Or-luhnz" not New "Or-leeeens". LOL
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By S. D. liddell-jones on August 16, 2008
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I'm moving and giving up my VHS plyer, having got most of my favorite flicks on discs. But I won't give it up if it means never seeing "Hotel" again. It sets such a mood; puts you right into the hotel and the era.
Almost everything about it is perfect, and what isn't, is campy.(like the decor of the hotel lobby) Rod Taylor is one of the sexiest men ever to hit the screen, i agree that while C. Spaak is gorgeous and classy,and a good actress; her spine is not straight, she looks kind of deformed about the shoulder area, and i guess no effort was made to hide it, but she's still lovely. I love the score, it has just the right haunting quality, and each character has his own theme. Larger-than-life, as always, Kevin McCarthy nearly steals the show, as the heavy. And that heartbreaking moment when Merle Oberon tries to pretend that her husband had died still loving her.I cry every time. And the icing on the cake; the ever wonderful Michael Rennie, who always makes "the earth stand still" for me! I could go on raving, but why NO DVD????!!!! This is a classic; let's get with it!!!! LJ
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on August 30, 1999
Format: VHS Tape
"Hotel", with its lavish sets, believable characters, and well-constructed plot, is one of the better movies I've seen this year. Always busy, always hosting important people, this hotel reminds me of the Waldorf-Astoria in New York for its grandness and the Peabody in Memphis for its homeliness. Karl's performance stole the show, while Rod's role and character were the most believable. To add a cherry on top (no pun intended), one of the most beautiful women I've ever seen stars as a used and abused French woman. Her performance was exquisite as well. And the sad ending makes you dread the real-estate business. SEE THIS MOVIE! (By the way, the score really wasn't that bad at all.)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Hud Bannon on September 30, 2010
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It's wonderful to see the great reviews for "Hotel" posted here. I've waited over 40 years to see this film get the recognition it deserves. I saw in in the theatre when it came out in 1967 and have loved it ever since. It is symbolic representation of America in the 60s before all the changes altered it for the worse. You feel something valuable and precious coming to an end, symbolized by the closing of the St. Gregory. Melvyn Douglas as the hotel's owner balks at the modern changes on the horizon, represented by Kevin McCarthy as the man who wants to buy the St. Gregory and turn it into a cheap, automated sleeping factory. The film has elegance and class, like the hotel. The actors are wonderful, with Karl Malden as "Keycase" Milne stealing the show as the hotel burglar. Catherine Spaak is still one hawt babe and Rod Taylor as the General Manager is the rock on which the film rests. Leonard Maltin gave this film only two stars. ALL the critics dissed it when it came out, but as time passed the public has seen it as the gem it truly is. Hey Warners, release it on DVD! My VCR is getting old!
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