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The Hotel New Hampshire (1984)

Rob Lowe , Jodie Foster , Tony Richardson  |  R |  DVD
2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Rob Lowe, Jodie Foster, Paul McCrane, Beau Bridges, Lisa Banes
  • Directors: Tony Richardson
  • Writers: Tony Richardson, John Irving
  • Producers: Bill Scott, David J. Patterson, George Yaneff, Grahame Jennings, Jim Beach
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: Spanish, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: MGM (Video & DVD)
  • DVD Release Date: July 10, 2001
  • Run Time: 109 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005BKZH
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #53,981 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Hotel New Hampshire" on IMDb

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Tony Richardson's adaptation of The Hotel New Hampshire proves that the unique qualities of John Irving's fiction are accessible in print and elusive on screen. (Not surprisingly, Irving's books were not truly successful as films until Irving himself adapted The Cider House Rules, although some viewers will prefer The World According to Garp.) Here, Richardson distills the essence of Irving but misses the author's dominant themes; the result is a film that follows Irving closely and understands its characters without ever giving them complete and coherent personalities. Without that essential ingredient, this film--about the exploits of a highly eccentric and dysfunctional family--grows thin and repetitious. We're left to enjoy the quirks of a fine ensemble cast, and the resilience of a family that has learned to survive by "passing open windows" (in other words, avoiding suicide no matter how tempting).

Beau Bridges is the Berry family patriarch and resident free spirit of the Hotel New Hampshire, where his children thrive on liberal parenting, a parade of unusual patrons, and their own lust for life, love, and--in the case of incestuous siblings John (Rob Lowe) and Frannie (Jodie Foster)--each other. Their coming-of-age tales are often a joy to behold, and Richardson draws some excellent performances from his young, stellar cast. What's missing here is a sense of deeper meaning and resonance; the film seems oddly random, while Irving's book clearly conveys an affectionate fascination with the tenacity of the human spirit. --Jeff Shannon

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From Academy AwardÂ(r)-winning* director Tony Richardson (Tom Jones) comes this "bright, amusing and provocative" (The Hollywood Reporter) film based on John Irving's best-selling novel. Featuring "a gifted cast" (LA Herald-Examiner), including OscarÂ(r)** winner Jodie Foster (The Silence of the Lambs), Rob Lowe ("The West Wing") and Beau Bridges (The Fabulous Baker Boys), The Hotel New Hampshire is "intriguing" (Boxoffice), "impressive" (LA Herald-Examiner) and "fascinating" (Variety)! A motley clan of eight lovable misfits, the Berry family sets out on an adventure to fulfill their father's lifelong aspiration of owning a hotel. Their quest takes them around the world, and they greet every new location with their own brand of outrageous humor, practical jokes and just plain weird eccentricism. But when this tribe of oddballs encounters a healthy dose of heartbreak, they soon must learn that not all in life is fun and games and that sometimes the only thing you have left is the one thing that matters most family. *1963: Best Picture, Director **1991: Actress, The Silenceof the Lambs; 1988: Actress, The Accused

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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Part of the Journey July 18, 2001
This is a story about life and the many facets of love, dreams and aspirations, and the journey of discovery we all have to make in our own way in our own time. But the single thread that runs through the film and ties the characters and their lives together is sorrow; and in this instance, using an extremely overt metaphor, "Sorrow" is the family pet-- a dog-- who comes to symbolize a seemingly prevalent condition of the Berry family in "The Hotel New Hampshire," written for the screen and directed by Tony Richardson, adapted from the novel by John Irving. The story centers on the Berry family, a close but eccentric clan, and is told from the perspective of John (Rob Lowe), who tries to make sense of his too familiar relationship with his sister, Frannie (Jodie Foster), his gay older brother, Frank (Paul McCrane), his literally "little" sister, Lilly (Jennifer Dundas) who "isn't a midget," but who stopped growing too soon, the youngest of the bunch, Egg (Seth Green), his grandfather, Iowa Bob (Wilford Brimley) and his parents (Beau Bridges and Lisa Banes).
John's father, Win, was a dreamer, or as Lilly called him, a "Gatsby," always looking for something better, for "it." Win and Mother Berry had met one summer working together at a hotel, and when Win tires of his job as a school teacher, he decides their town needs a hotel. So he buys an abandoned building that suits his needs perfectly, and transforms it into a hotel, the Hotel New Hampshire, owned and operated by the entire Berry family.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not your typical movie February 3, 2003
By A Customer
I first wanted to see this movie because I am a fan of Jodie Foster. I rented it and found it a little muddled. I liked it, I was just confused as to what was going on in certain parts. After watching the movie, I decided to read the book (which is very, very good!!!), and I rented the movie again after a while and found it much more enjoyable. My advice is to read the book before you see the movie!!! It's an oddly entertaining film... but you might get lost without the help of John Irving's novel.
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19 of 24 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars You'll want to check out of this "Hotel..." June 26, 2001
The adaptation of John Irving's fifth novel, and the one I've read the most times over the years, "The Hotel New Hampshire" suffers from a great many things, most notably being the appalling lack of any common sense or good judgment in the casting of Nastassia (sp?) Kinski as Susie the Bear. The character of Susie is supposed to have such low self-esteem and is described in the book as a plain-looking average woman who thinks herself so ugly that she hides herself in a bear costume.
When she finally takes off the bear head in the movie and is revealed to be a gorgeous woman with supermodel looks, it's hard for us, the audience, to have any sympathy for her inferiority complex. Combine this glaring oversight with the more traditional scriptwriting dilemna of how to boil down such a multi-layered, complex, rich narrative into a two hour time frame that the average moviegoer will tolerate and you arrive at a script that simplifies and drains all the larger than life splendour of the magnificent novel. This is the Roach Motel of film adaptations of great works of Literature.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I LOVED this movie April 22, 2007
By B Alden
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I notice I am a little alone in this opinion. I too have read the book, and loved it, multiple times, but I also loved the movie. I thought the characters were portayed perfectly. It was wonderful to see them come to life on the screen.

I didn't get to see this movie until I rented it from netflix a couple of months ago, and the reason I'm writing this review is because I came to Amazon to buy the movie, and I happened to see the bad reviews, and decided to put my 2 cents in. So there you have it.
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Keep Passing the Hopeless Adaptations January 20, 2002
Verdict first - What a load of (...)! And why should I bother to explain this? Nothing in this this movie is explained to me. But I will anyway.
This is supposed to be an adaptation of the John Irving novel of the same name. But if you call pushing the 10 most individually photogenic pieces from a 1000-piece jigsaw into a loose assemblage an adaption, then you'll call Natasha Kinski in a bear suit a grizzly.
This movie would have done much better to focus on one character, one relationship, or one section of the novel. This would have allowed the makers the chance to develop some depth or at least explain the events that barge erratically and irritatingly past us.
As it is, nothing is explained. In an early rape scene involving Jodie Foster's character (of course), her brother manages to find a group of "coloreds" to belatedly rescue her. Where they come from in this rural, white, middle-class, New England environment is not explained, nor is it explained why they agree to get involved.
After a few more disjointed scenes, the whole family decides to migrate to Vienna. As the movie doesn't bother to explian why, those who haven't read Irvings novl are left to conclude that they must have some kind of 'homing instinct' for this European capital.
The psychology behind "Susie the Bear" is also skimped on; Lili's suicide is pointlessly included with her "passing through an open window" merely after being asked a tough question by a book reviewer; the Vienna radicals and prostitutes are only afforded comic cut-out status; and the incest between the brother and sister ends up being presented like a cartoon caper.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Every Teenage Boys Fantasy
Tony Richardson's adaptation of THE HOTEL NEW HAMPSHIRE proves that the unique qualities of John Irving's fiction are accessible in print and elusive on screen. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Taheen Lopez
4.0 out of 5 stars Hmm
Would like to know what Roberta Muldoon or Jenny Field would say about it, not to mension the Ellen Jamiansons.
Interesting, though not nice, movie
Published 11 months ago by R. V. H. Vinke
5.0 out of 5 stars A dark and twisted dramedy!
I loved this film! It was one of the strangest films I had seen as a teenager and was a surprise to find it was Seth Green's first film. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Carly
1.0 out of 5 stars recived brittle and broken
I,love this movie,but I waited a long time,paid,in advance and got a cracked unplayable copy(Very Dissapointed)This had been sitting in a third partys warehouse forever!!!!!
Published 15 months ago by Martin Lynch
2.0 out of 5 stars captioning
There is no closed captioning on this disk. I am very deaf and cannot enjoy this disk. This is objectionable.
Published 16 months ago by Gilbert T. Richey
1.0 out of 5 stars It doesn't even deserve one star
I wish I didn't have to give this movie any star. The girl in the bear suit was weird. What was wrong with these people? Read more
Published 20 months ago by Kerstin Renz
2.0 out of 5 stars Not ready for prime time
Even Rob Lowe admits in his recent memoir that he could not imagine a major studio green-lighting this weird mess today. Read more
Published on January 5, 2012 by Brad Smith
1.0 out of 5 stars D-Movie
Even one star is way too much for this whole load of crap. Idiotic plot meets abyssmal directing and acting. One of the sickest film productions I have ever been exposed to.
Published on June 23, 2011 by brickinthewall
4.0 out of 5 stars Love the movie, but is a fullscreen disc
This is a terrific movie with a unique story and good performances.
I like this sort of offbeat movie.
Jodie Foster is excellent as usual. Read more
Published on September 13, 2010 by BruceL
1.0 out of 5 stars Unrelenting, spastic sequence of absurd, tasteless,unsavory moments
THE HOTEL NEW HAMPSHIRE (1984) in theory should have been a
fascinating, exciting movie with a lot of crowd-drawing power, from
its all-star cast, made up of Jodie... Read more
Published on April 2, 2010 by Pork Chop
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