Hotel

Through the doors of the St. Gregory, a posh, aging luxury hotel in the lusty New Orleans French Quarter, pass the powerful, the proud and the predatory. Only so many secrets can be swept under the plush carpet of the St. Gregory.


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Hotel
 
4.4

(based on 20 reviews)

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  • 5 Stars

     

    (11)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

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95%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Engaging characters (17)
  • Entertaining (13)
  • Great cinematography (10)
  • High production value (8)
  • Original (6)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • At home (15)
  • Adult viewers (9)
  • Perfect gift (5)
  • Younger viewers (3)
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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Entertaining drama

Hotel is based on the best-selling novel by Arthur Hailey. In the 1960's, 70's and 80's Hailey was king of the potboiler melodrama. He would carefully research an industry and...Read complete review

Hotel is based on the best-selling novel by Arthur Hailey. In the 1960's, 70's and 80's Hailey was king of the potboiler melodrama. He would carefully research an industry and than write a fictional tale with intriguing characters and interweaving plots. His most famous work was Airport, which was made into the Oscar nominated picture. But before Airport, there was Hotel.Hotel is the story of a grand, but aging hotel in New Orleans(based on The Roosevelt Hotel). The jet age has passed by the type of southern hospitality the St. Gregory has to offer. The young energetic general manager Peter McDermott (Rod Taylor) has been successful in turning business around, but his success comes too late. The note on the loan is due and the financial picture is bleak. The hotel owner Warren Trent (Melvyn Douglas) has been offered a lucrative real estate deal that will result in the building being torn down. Curtis O'Keefe (Kevin McCarthy), a hotel magnate is eager to purchase the hotel for himself and add it to his roster of modern hotels.While the hotel management tries to resolve the financial issues, some of the hotel guest have issues of their own. Burglar "keycase" Milne (Karl Malden) is systematically robbing guest. And the hotel's royal guests, the Duke and Dutchess of Croydon (Micheal Rennie & Merle Oberon), have a secret of their own.All these stories intertwine and eventually come crashing down in a sudden conclusion.Movies like this are popcorn melodrama and are only as entertaining as the script and the cast make them. Here the cast works hard to capture the essence of running a big hotel. Rod Taylor manages to rise above the material and Karl Malden is especially fun to watch as he plans his nightly capers and attempts to elude the hotel detectives.From the "B-girls" on Bourbon Street to the "escorts" in the lobby there is a lot that goes on under the roof of the St. Gregory. It's all highly entertaining, but also highly forgettable.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Take a Chance

The instructions on the packaging are open and honest about the fact that the disc may not play in "DVD Recorder" equipment. I have four DVD players and was able to...Read complete review

The instructions on the packaging are open and honest about the fact that the disc may not play in "DVD Recorder" equipment. I have four DVD players and was able to play the disc in only one of them. In the others, it freezes and pixelates. I'd really like to have a disc which will play in whatever machine I choose. I'd also like to have one with chapter stops, like most professionally made discs. But this disc is a great improvement over the tape of the movie which it replaces, and because I am unlikely to run into a situation where I cannot play it at all, I find it satisfactory. Customers who have only one DVD player might run into a problem, but people with several players should be able to find one which works.

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4.0

Glad I'd purchased this

By Vernon Street Archives

from Cabin John, MD

About Me Movie Buff

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Comments about Hotel:

Hadn't seen this in at least 20 years. Wish there was more of Carmen McRae singing. Loved Karl Malden's role. The film's a bit uneven in plot, but some performances are truly fine and memorable. A remastering of the negative would have been welcome, but the quality here is fine. (Purchased DVD from another source.)

 
5.0

This HOTEL is outstanding!

By Juno

from San Jose, CA

About Me Movie Buff

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Engaging Characters
  • Entertaining
  • Great Cinematography
  • High Production Value
  • Original

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Hotel:

      This elegant production of the Arthur Hailey bestseller is Hollywood movie making at its best. The casting of Hotel couldn't have been better. Rod Taylor is commanding and masculine in the lead role, and Catherine Spaak is tender and beautiful as his love interest. Old pros such as Melvyn Douglas, Karl Malden and Merle Oberon bring conviction to their roles. Oberon is especially touching as an ambitious and unloved woman. The music score of Hotel is beautiful and brooding, and the cinematography is top notch as the cameras slide seemlessly vertically and horizontally through the corridors of this New Orleans hotel. A great film!

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      CHECK INTO THIS STAR-STUDDED HOTEL

      By SHADOWER

      from LOUISVILLE KY. 40215

      About Me Avid Moviegoer

      Pros

      • Engaging Characters
      • Entertaining
      • Great Cinematography
      • High Production Value
      • Informative
      • Original

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Adult Viewers
        • At Home
        • In The Car
        • Perfect Gift
        • Special Needs
        • Travel
        • Younger Viewers

        Comments about Hotel:

        BASED ON THE 1965 ARTHUR HAILEY BESTSELLER AND PRECEDING THE MORE NOTORIOUS AIRPORT, THE 1967 WB FILM VERSION ESTABLISHES NUMEROUS INTRIGUING FACETS WITH AMBITIOUS MANAGER ROD TAYLOR RUNNING THE POSH ST. GREGORY'S HOTEL IN NEW ORLEANS FOR TRADITION-MINDED OWNER MELVYN DOUGLAS. THE ST. GREGORY IS FACED WITH THE PROSPECT OF UPDATING AND BLENDING INTO A CONFORMITY-ENGRAVED CHAIN IN THE PERSONA OF OWNER KEVIN MCCARTHY OR FALLING PREY TO CHANGING TIMES-AND SHUTTERING. WITHIN THE CONTEXT OF THE MAIN STORYLINE, TAYLOR IS CONFRONTED WITH THE INTRIGUES OF CATHERINE SPAAK, 'COMPANION' OF MCCARTHY, DUPLICITOUS HOTEL DETECTIVE RICHARD CONTE AND HIS ATTEMPTS TO BLACKMAIL DUCHESS MERLE OBERON AND DIPLOMAT HUSBAND MICHAEL RENNIE OVER A HIGH-PROFILE HIT AND RUN INCIDENT, A CIVIL RIGHTS OCCURENCE, CONCEIVED BY MCCARTHY, INVOLVING DOCTOR DAVIS ROBERTS AND WIFE, UNION LEADER KEN LYNCH SEEKING TO UNIONIZE THE LEGENDARY HOTEL, KEY THIEF KARL MALDEN AND THE INTERVENTION OF INVESTIGATOR ALFRED RYDER OVER THE HIT-AND-RUN AFFAIR-WITH OTHER SECONDARY PASSAGES. DIRECTOR RICHARD QUINE DEFTLY UNIFIES ALL OF THESE PLOT SEGMENTS TOWARD HIS CLIMAX - PLAYED OUT ON A FAILING ELEVATOR INVOLVING TAYLOR, RENNIE AND MALDEN. A FORERUNNER FOR THIS TYPE OF MULTI-FACETED MELODRAMA, HOTEL ALSO INSPIRED A LONG-RUNNING TELEVISION SERIES IN THE MID-1980S. FINE PERFORMANCES ARE DELIVERED BY THE ENTIRE CAST, IN-CLUDING TAYLOR, DOUGLAS, CONTE, MALDEN, RENNIE AND OBERON FOR WHOM THE FILM WAS A NOTABLE COMEBACK. ENTERTAINMENT OF THE HIGHEST ORDER.

         
        5.0

        Excellent Rendition!

        By VMMan

        from Coram, NY

        About Me Casual Viewer

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Engaging Characters
        • Entertaining
        • Great Cinematography
        • High Production Value

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Adult Viewers
          • At Home
          • Younger Viewers

          Comments about Hotel:

          This is an excellent rendition of Alec Haley's book. While I only read the condensed version of the book I saw few discrepencies with it.

           
          2.0

          Good cast but disappoints.

          By Catslulu

          from Fair Lawn, NJ

          About Me Movie Buff

          Pros

            Cons

            • Disappointing
            • Poor Plot Development

            Best Uses

            • At Home

            Comments about Hotel:

            Poor plot.

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Classy Movie

            By remaster lover

            from Los Angeles

            About Me Movie Buff

            Pros

            • Broad Appeal
            • Emotionally Engaging
            • Engaging Characters
            • Great Cinematography
            • Original Story
            • Talented Cast

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Hotel:

                Based on an engrossing novel,great adaption, classy production values and cast, and brilliant jazz score, this transfer looks sterling also presented in widescreen, it was a joy to see this film from the 60's looking so good and rediscovering it.

                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                I have been wanting this on DVD

                By none

                from Santa Rosa, Ca

                About Me Movie Buff

                Pros

                • Engaging Characters

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • At Home

                  Comments about Hotel:

                  I have been wanting this on DVD for a very long time. thank you

                   
                  5.0

                  GREAT FILM OF ARTHUR HAILEY NOVEL

                  By Jesse Cinema

                  from Kauai, Hawaii

                  About Me Movie Buff

                  Pros

                  • Broad Appeal
                  • Emotionally Engaging
                  • Engaging Characters
                  • Great Cinematography
                  • Original Story
                  • Talented Cast

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Hotel:

                      Nice quality presentation.

                      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Great "Studio" Movie!

                      By Walter

                      from Orlando, Florida

                      About Me Movie Buff

                      Pros

                      • Engaging Characters
                      • Great Cinematography
                      • Talented Cast

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Adult Viewers
                        • At Home

                        Comments about Hotel:

                        I like this movie for the same reason I like "My Fair Lady" - it is a "Studio" movie. Most of the scenes take place on sets built on soundstages. The hotel lobby set must have been fantastic when the actors first saw it. Rod Taylor, Roy Roberts and others in the cast are great.

                        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        3.0

                        Take a Chance

                        By Technophobe

                        from El Paso, TX

                        About Me Casual Viewer

                        Verified Reviewer

                        Pros

                        • Engaging Characters
                        • Entertaining

                        Cons

                        • Disc may not play
                        • No chapter stops

                        Best Uses

                        • At Home

                        Comments about Hotel:

                        The instructions on the packaging are open and honest about the fact that the disc may not play in "DVD Recorder" equipment. I have four DVD players and was able to play the disc in only one of them. In the others, it freezes and pixelates. I'd really like to have a disc which will play in whatever machine I choose. I'd also like to have one with chapter stops, like most professionally made discs. But this disc is a great improvement over the tape of the movie which it replaces, and because I am unlikely to run into a situation where I cannot play it at all, I find it satisfactory. Customers who have only one DVD player might run into a problem, but people with several players should be able to find one which works.

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