The hooker that east-coaster Marvin (Walter Matthau) is trying to hide from wife Millie (Elaine May) in their L-A hotel room is stone drunk, not dead, in California Suite, 1978, from a Neil Simon script.
Droll Britishers Sidney (Michael Caine) and Oscar-nominated actress wife Diana (Maggie Smith), in town for the ceremonies, taking a call from her producer, in Neil Simon's California Suite, 1978.
Long-divorced Hannah (Jane Fonda) from New York visiting her successful screenwriter ex Bill (Alan Alda), arguing over their teenage daughter, in Neil Simon's California Suite, 1978.
Bill Cosby and Richard Pryor (As doctors Panama and Gump) are the focus, arriving with their wives (Shelia Frazier, Gloria Gifford) in Los Angeles, early in Neil Simon's California Suite, 1978.
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CALIFORNIA SUITE is the story of five couples who have come to the Beverly Hills Hotel for diverse reasons and who must all confront some rather amusing personal dilemmas. Sidney Cochran (Michael Caine) becomes the victim of wife Diana's (Maggie Smith) outrage when she misses winning an Oscar(r). (Smith won a real Oscar(r) for Best Supporting Actress in this role). Marvin Michaels (Walter Matthau) must somehow explain to his wife (Elaine May) how a sexy blonde got in his bed. Wisecracking Hannah Warren (Jane Fonda) is uneasy about her ex-husband's (Alan Alda) new California lifestyle. And Dr. Chauncey Gump (Richard Pryor) must contend with his friend's (Bill Cosby) increasingly imposing manner.Great fun!
CALIFORNIA SUITE is Neil Simon's laugh-drenched adaptation of his hit Broadway play. Intertwining stories set in the Beverly Hills Hotel include an English actress in L.A. attending the Oscars(r); a divorced couple concerned about the future of their daughter; a philandering husband who must explain a hooker to his wife; and two couples on the worst vacation imaginable.
CALIFORNIA SUITE is Neil Simon's laugh-drenched adaptation of his hit Broadway play. This is the story of five couples who have come to the Beverly Hills Hotel for diverse reasons and who must all confront some rather amusing personal dilemmas.
"Undeniably exciting" is what Leonard Maltin calls this pioneering film that kicked off the entire "blaxploitation" action film genre of the 1970s.
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