At his mother's funeral, stuffy bank clerk Henry Pulling (Alec McCowen) meets his Aunt Augusta Bertram (Dame Maggie Smith), an elderly eccentric with more-than-shady dealings who pulls him ... See full summary »
Louis Gossett Jr.
American Walter Elbertson (Timothy Bottoms), in his late teens, is feeling lost within his family of overachievers. Thirty-something Englishwoman Lila Fisher (Dame Maggie Smith) is ... See full summary »
Alan J. Pakula
Don Jaime de Mora y Aragón
Four totally different and separate stories of guests staying at the Beverly Hills Hotel. Diane Barrie (Dame Maggie Smith) and Sidney Cochran (Sir Michael Caine) come from England to attend the Oscars; Hannah Warren (Jane Fonda) comes from New York City, Bill Warren (Alan Alda) is her ex who lives in California; in the slapstick part, Dr. Willis Panama (Bill Cosby), Dr. Chauncey Gump (Richard Pryor), and their wives come to the hotel to relax and play tennis, only to find there is only one room vacant; in the fourth segment, Marvin Michaels (Walter Matthau) arrives a day before his wife for his nephew's Bar Mitzvah, while his brother Harry (Herb Edelman) sends a prostitute to his room.Written by
The production notes for this movie suggested the following promotional ideas and marketing concepts to theaters showing this movie: "Contact the manager of your town's most luxurious hotel and tell him about the inspired entertainment in CALIFORNIA SUITE. In exchange for promotional support, arrange for the hotel to rename its most opulent suite the CALIFORNIA SUITE. Then provide the hotel with theatre passes to offer to the first patrons who stay in these glamorous accommodations. As a twist on the idea, you might suggest that a series of rooms be rechristened in honor of the stars of CALIFORNIA SUITE. For example, the Jane Fonda Suite, the Walter Matthau Suite, the Bill Cosby Suite, etc. The designated rooms might be decorated with your one sheets and pictures of the chosen stars, and the hotel would then be expected to advertise the tie-in by mounting an eye-catching lobby display that links their 'California Suite' to yours." See more »
Sidney Cochran admonishes his wife that they have a 10:00 AM flight. He also loses count of his Librium, quipping "if I'm not up at 9:00 AM, I've overdosed." It would not be possible to wake up at 9:00 AM and travel from Beverly Hills to LAX FOR A 10:00 AM departure. See more »
[a two-seater plane is flying over snow-capped mountains]
For heaven's sake, Wendy - look for an airport. Will you look for the airport?
Oh don't make such a fuss. Just put it down on a mountain.
What do you mean 'just put it down'? I'm lucky I can keep it up. I told you I never flew before.
Don't shout at me - I'm a first-class passenger.
You're a first class lunatic. It's all over Wendy - our relationship has a quarter of a tank to go.
Yes, but - you do love me, don't you Harold? ...
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In the opening credits, famous 70s artworks of British artist David Hockney are featured. The painting before Elaine May's name is entitled "Portrait of an Artist (Pool with two figures), 1972" and features a swimming pool with the Hollywood hills in the backdrop. The "two figures", both male, one swimming and the other standing over watching have been mysteriously edited out of the picture for some unknown reason. See more »
Four stories, courtesy of Neil Simon, concerning the ongoings of several people staying at a nice hotel in sunny California.
Walter Matthau's segment provides the film's only real laughs. Desperately trying to cover up his infidelity, Matthau is a riot in his attempts.
Bill Cosby and Richard Pryor try their best as doctor friends who are having an awful time on their vacation with their wives. It's just not that funny, despite them both being extremely likable.
Alan Alda and Jane Fonda do well in their dramatic story of separated couple meeting after nine years to discuss their child. Their segment is too short to really have an impact, might have worked well as a feature film. It's not all that involving.
Michael Caine and Maggie Smith are both excellent in their little segment, with Smith portraying an actress who's up for the academy award. Caine plays her show off gay husband. The two stars really shine in an otherwise average story, not all that interesting.
I feel that California Suite should have been much better, it had such potential. It's just plain average.
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