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Actors: Walter Matthau, Maureen Stapleton, Barbara Harris, Lee Grant, Louise Sorel
Director: Arthur Hiller
Genres: Indie & Art House, Comedy
In the first act of PLAZA SUITE, Sam Nash (Matthau) and his wife Karen (Stapleton) are celebrating their anniversary by returning to the suite where they honeymooned 24 years ago. Trying to get her inattentive husband?s a... more »
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Tour-De-Force For Matthau!
Alex Udvary | chicago, il United States | 09/20/2000
(3 out of 5 stars)
"What happens when you combine Neil Simon and Walter Matthau? You get this hilarious remake from a Neil Simon play! Matthau is just absolutely amazing to watch, going from one character to another! He proves his status as an "A" list actor. The story concerns Matthau playing three roles. Each just happens to be staying at the same room in the same hotel, at of course, separate times. And offers three different and unique stories for each situation. Of the three skits, I prefer the third sketch. Sure, many say the first one is better, but it's more sentimental then the three, which is exactly what it's suppose to be. But the reason I chose the third one is because, it's simply the funniest of the three. And when I watch a Neil Simon film, I expect pleny of laughs. And the third one offers them. Wonderful performances by all the supporting women. Many think Mauren Stapleton was the best off all three, she was in the "first act", playing Matthau's wife, who learns something terrible about her husband. And no, I'm not going to tell you. Barbara Harris is quite good in her performances as Murie Tate, Matthau's ex-wife, whom he calls over to his hotel room for some "fun", is you know what I mean. And last but not least, we have Lee Grant and Matthau play Mr. and Mrs. Hubley, who are having a hell of a time trying to get their daughter, who is having second doubts about the marriage, out of their hotel bathroom, so she can make her wedding! Unbelieveable chaos insues, and is a pure delight to watch. Unfortunatley Matthau wasn't even nominated for an Oscar for Best Actor, what proves, that the Academy always makes some sort of mistake. Plus, the screenplay written by Simon wasn't up for Best Adapted Screenplay. One of Simon's best! If you enjoy this movie other Matthau & Simon films are: "The Odd Couple 1& 2", and "California Suite"."
Walter Matthau shines in "Plaza Suite"
Kona | Emerald City | 10/27/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Walter Matthau has a field day playing three roles in this trio of one-act plays that all take place in Suite 719 of the Plaza Hotel. In the first story, he plays a bored businessman with a mid-life crisis and a desperate wife (Maureen Stapleton. Witty dialogue with a serious tone. In the second act, Matthau plays a self-centered movie producer who calls his star-struck old flame (Barbara Harris) in hopes of some afternoon delight. Silly and funny commentary on the power of celebrity. In the last story, Matthau is the father of a bride who is currently locked in the bathroom, refusing to get married. He and his hysterical wife (Lee Grant) try to coax her out, but she's having second thoughts. Snappy sarcasm played for big laughs.
Adapted from the Broadway smash by Neil Simon, the movie still looks and sounds like a staged play. The actors all shout like they're reaching for the balcony and there's never a moment's pause between lines. The actors even come out for a curtain call at the end. It's dated, but made thoroughly enjoyable by the stars, especially Matthau, who looks like he's having a great time. A funny movie.
One-third of a good movie
Rocco Dormarunno | Brooklyn, NY | 09/07/2005
(3 out of 5 stars)
"While Walter Matthau and his talented co-stars do an admirable job, the first two vignettes have little to offer. Even 35 years ago, I think the stories of adultery and seduction were unoriginal. The last story, however, is a non-stop laugh session. I mean, face it, Walter Matthau's best moments are those when he's at the boiling point. And in this case, with his daughter locked in the Plaza's bathroom on the day of her wedding, the penny-pinching Matthau erupts over and again. Lee Grant, as his hysterical wife, is a perfect companion. This episode is well worth suffering through the first two."
How Suite it is
Movie Mania | Southern Calfornia | 01/18/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Plaza Suite was the first of three "Suite" plays by Neil Simon. The premise is that the entire play takes place in on suite of a hotel. In this it was Suite 719 of NYC's Plaza Hotel. Each of the three acts has two main characters. On stage, the same two actors played all three acts. In the film, Walter Matthau plays the male lead but three different women play opposite him, Maureen Stapleton, Barbara Harris and Lee Grant.
Visitors From New York -
It is the Nash's 24th Wedding Anniversary. Karen (Stapleton) wants everything to be perfect. She has reserved the same room as on their wedding night. The only problem is her husband Sam doesn't care. And he's having an affair with his secretary.
Maureen Stapleton has always been a great character actress. She would perfect the harried wife to perfection Her natural warmth and charm always makes her likeable to the audience.
Visitor From Hollywood -
Jesse Kiplinger is a Hollywood producer who is in New York for the opening of his new film. He has a couple of hours to fill and he is looking up an old flame from high school, Muriel (Harris). Muriel is happily married but she is star struck. All she wants to do is say that she was with a famous Hollywood producer, not that she slept with him just spent the afternoon. (Remember this was the 60's). Jesse tries but Muriel resists until he talks about the stars.
Barbara Harris has perfect comic timing, even when she does dramatic roles. She also is not afraid of physical comedy. In this she combines both perfectly and works off of Matthau with ease.
Visitors From Brooklyn -
Roy and Norma (Grant) Hubley's daughter is getting married today. That is if they can get her out of bathroom. This is pure Simon farce.
Lee Grant has proven she can do anything but all out farce is her forte. No one does a woman on the verge better.
Walter Matthau was a high profile character actor. That is until he and Jack Lemmon met up with Neil Simon. The Odd Couple permanently moved Walter to leading actor status. Therefore, when the next Simon project was ready for filming, that Matthau was the first choice. Walter had three very different characters to play here and he does each to perfection.
This is master class in comedy, not only acting but directing and writing.
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