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Hotel [VHS] (1967)

Rod Taylor , Catherine Spaak , Richard Quine  |  PG |  VHS Tape
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)

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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: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6300270904
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #330,692 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.

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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hotel...Two Hours of Distilled Style March 27, 2000
By A Customer
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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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hotel - Where women are "ladies" and men are "gentlemen" 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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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars where's the DVD for this GEM of a movie? August 16, 2008
Format:VHS Tape|Verified Purchase
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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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Check-in at this "Hotel" 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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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
I seen this movie at least two times and found it very entertaining. Great subplots and characters. I felt the movie had a major undertone to it regarding personal service and hospitality versus non personal, efficiency,corporate driven profits which defines the hospitality business as it today.
The opening sequence was a very original one, and the character of the Duchess Of Lanbourne, may have been a thinly veiled characterization based in part on the Duchess Of Windsor (Wallis Simpson). The costumes worn by Merle Oberon in this film appear similar to the fashions worn by the Duchess Of Windsor herself during the late 1960's.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Hotel October 22, 2012
By Red
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Again, the DVD archivists at Warner have done it again! As they did with "Atlantis, The Lost Continent", this so-called 1:85 anamorphic aspect ratio is, in reality, a cropped (top and bottom) 1:33 aspect ratio from the VHS print! I have the VHS, from which I compared the two images - the DVD is definitely cropped from a 1:33 aspect ratio. Warner, why oh why can't you just do the right thing? In any event, I am keeping the VHS copy as it is only cropped on the sides and not the top and bottom as well.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie based on great book
Great Movie, great cast of actors, great screenplay... I have read the novel "Hotel" By Arthur Hailey but until recently, had never had chance to watch this movie and now I... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Alexandra Ioffe
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice Move
I loved this movie!! Casting of actors is great they play wonderfully and screenplay is also very interesting. I would recommend it
Published 1 month ago by Vladimir I.
5.0 out of 5 stars Hotel life..
What we have here, is an outstanding gathering of characters during one weekend or week in a famous old-school hotel down in Louisiana. Read more
Published 1 month ago by L. Bieniek
4.0 out of 5 stars Hotel DVD
I really like this movie with Rod Taylor and the musical arrangements and plots that have inspired the TV series in the 70's.
Published 2 months ago by Keith R Shimabukuro
4.0 out of 5 stars an entertaining romp.
A light but very entertaining Grand Hotel sort of movie with excellent acting. And who doesn't like New Orleans where the picture is set?
Published 4 months ago by Terry C. Keller
4.0 out of 5 stars For fans of Taylor, Rennie and Oberon
This is an old fashioned enjoyable yarn of the people who come together in the dying days of a grand old hotel in New Orleans, set during the early civil rights movement. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Arissa
5.0 out of 5 stars Splendid entertainment
Arthur Healey's story is among his best and this one is in my opinion top of the list. A pity screen writters do not keep exactly to the origonal, for I can only assume they think... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Skidley
5.0 out of 5 stars What a Classy film
I loved this movie so much that I needed to find it on DVD to replace my original version on tape.
Published 5 months ago by Investor
5.0 out of 5 stars Great 1960's style movie
Although this movie varies a bit from Arthur Hailey's book, (some characters are combined, etc.), it is still a very entertaining movie for a Saturday night. Read more
Published 6 months ago by P. DeFanti
4.0 out of 5 stars Good quality DVD.
I am only reviewing the quality of the DVD, not the movie. I replaced an old VHS and
it was worthwhile. Pictures are clear and color good. Read more
Published 8 months ago by gbuddy
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