- Rated: R
- Closed captioning available
- Run Time: 1 hours, 49 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: July 10, 2001
- Originally Released: 1984
- Label: MGM (Video & DVD)
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Packaging: Keep Case
- Aspect Ratio: Letterbox - 1.85
- Dolby Digital Mono - French
- Dolby Surround - English
- Additional Release Material:
- Trailers: Original Theatrical Trailer
Performers, Cast and Crew:
Variety - 03/14/1984
"...Fascinating....Richardson has pulled off a remarkable stylistic tight-rope act..."
British director Tony Richardson takes on John Irving's picaresque black comedy about an eccentric and unusually peripatetic family in a film starring Rob Lowe as John Berry, the family's oldest son. John's father, Win (Beau Bridges), is obsessed with hotels, so he buys a run-down seminary in New England, transforming it into the Hotel New Hampshire. The extended family includes the profanity-spouting Franny (Jodie Foster); Lily (Jennifer Dundas); a dwarf, Frank (Paul McCrane), who is gay; John, who is strongly attracted to his sister; Egg (Seth Green), the youngest boy; and Iowa Bob (Wilford Brimley), Win's father. After a number of tragic incidents, including the gang rape of Franny, are seen through the special lenses of black comedy, the family is invited to take over another hotel in Vienna, courtesy of their friend Freud (Wallace Shawn). On arrival, they find that the upper floors of the hotel are dedicated to prostitution and the bottom floors are occupied by terrorists. They also meet Freud's companion, Susie the Bear (Nastassia Kinski), a woman so obsessed with her unattractiveness that she spends all her time in a bear suit. Richardson elicits fine performances from his talented cast in this wild ride through the mind of John Irving.
In this adaptation of John Irving's novel, odd happenings follow a strange family that moves from one dilapidated hotel to the next. A cavalcade of eccentric characters traipse through the family's life as they crisscross the globe.
- Theatrical release: March 9, 1984.
- Shooting location: the Tadoussac Hotel, St. Hilaire, and Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
- When the film's financing began to fall apart, director Richardson was forced to mortgage his house to complete it.
- Richardson was unable to get the bears he needed from professional animal suppliers, so he chose to go with bears he acquired from the Circus Vargas.