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The Hotel New Hampshire

  • Comedy
  • Drama
  • 1984
  • Tony Richardson
  • 103 mins
  • 18

Summary

Comedy drama, based on the novel by John Irving, starring Jodie Foster and Rob Lowe. The dysfunctional Berry family endeavours to cope with love, personal tragedies and bears while managing hotels in both Europe and America.

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Review

A star rating of 3 out of 5.

On its original release, there was anything but a critical consensus on this adaptation of John Irving's expansive novel about the trials and tribulations of the dysfunctional Berry family. Many blamed the book for the film's episodic structure and the sensationalist nature of the fates that befall the central characters. Others praised writer/director Tony Richardson (The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner, Tom Jones) for the fidelity of his approach. Led by Rob Lowe, Jodie Foster and Beau Bridges (as the family patriarch), the cast does its best, although the characters are not very endearing, particularly Nastassja Kinski's Susie, who regularly retreats into a bear suit to calm her nerves. David Watkin's photography is a bonus, however.

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Credits

Cast

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John BerryRob Lowe
Franny BerryJodie Foster
Frank BerryPaul McCrane
Win BerryBeau Bridges
Mary BerryLisa Banes
Lilly BerryJennie Dundas
Egg BerrySeth Green
Susie the BearNastassja Kinski
FreudWallace Shawn
"Iowa Bob" BerryWilford Brimley
Hotel managerWally Aspell
WaitressJoely Richardson
Sterling "Chip" Dove / ErnstMatthew Modine
Fehlgeburt, "Miss Miscarriage"Amanda Plummer

Crew

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DirectorTony Richardson

Details

Theatrical distributor
Anglo-Emi Dists Ltd
Released on
1984-03-09
Languages
English
Guidance
Contains violence, swearing and sex scenes.
Available on
video and DVD
Formats
Colour
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