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Blame It on the Bellboy (1992)

PG-13 | | Comedy | 6 March 1992 (USA)
Messrs Lawton (a hit-man), Horton (expecting some middle-aged dating agency nooky) and Orton (checking out properties for his boss) converge on the Hotel Gabriella in Venice. Linguistic ... See full summary »

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Mark Herman

Writer:

Mark Herman
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Dudley Moore ... Melvyn Orton
Bryan Brown ... Mike Lawton / Charlton Black
Richard Griffiths ... Maurice Horton
Andreas Katsulas ... Scarpa
Patsy Kensit ... Caroline Wright
Alison Steadman ... Rosemary Horton
Penelope Wilton ... Patricia Fulford
Bronson Pinchot ... Bellboy
Jim Carter ... Rossi
Alex Norton ... Alfio
John Grillo ... Hotel Manager
Andrew Bailey Andrew Bailey ... Shady Character
Ronnie Stevens ... Man on Plane
Enzo Turrin Enzo Turrin ... Senior Policeman
Andy Bradford ... Italian Victim
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Storyline

Messrs Lawton (a hit-man), Horton (expecting some middle-aged dating agency nooky) and Orton (checking out properties for his boss) converge on the Hotel Gabriella in Venice. Linguistic mix-ups by the staff mean each of the trio get wrong instructions for the next day. So Horton meets up with puzzled estate agent Caroline to see what she's offering, Orton attempts to make a gang of hoods an offer they can't refuse on their villa, while Lawton sets off to rub out a lonely-hearts lady from Huddersfield. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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Comedy

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Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 March 1992 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Enredos de hotel See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,326,472, 8 March 1992

Gross USA:

$3,104,545

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$3,104,545
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The 'Bellboy' character played by Bronson Pinchot has no personal name and is only known by and billed in the credits as this. See more »

Quotes

Maurice Horton: So what's the form then? Do I pay you now?
Caroline Wright: You don't carry that sort of cash around, do you?
Maurice Horton: What sort of cash are we talking about?
Caroline Wright: Well, how much do you think it's worth?
Maurice Horton: It's all new to me.
[picks up his wallet]
Maurice Horton: Uhm, sixty? Eighty? A hundred?
Caroline Wright: Okay, a hundred. A hundred thousand is about right.
Maurice Horton: A hundred thousand? No, no. I was talking about Pounds.
Caroline Wright: Well, so am I. A hundred thousand Pounds.
[...]
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Alternate Versions

Television version substitutes alternate takes of several scenes toning down the sexuality but adding dialogue not in the theatrical/home video version. See more »

Connections

Remade as One Two Three (2008) See more »

Soundtracks

The Perfect Moment
Music by Henry Priestman
Lyrics by Henry Priestman and Mark Herman
Performed by The Christians
©1991 Island Records Limited
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mostly flat and unfunny
11 May 2015 | by SnoopyStyleSee all my reviews

In Venice, gangster Scarpa is expecting an assassination attempt but he doesn't know that it's hit-man Mike Lawton (Bryan Brown). Melvyn Orton (Dudley Moore) is in town to check out properties for his boss. Real estate agent Caroline Wright (Patsy Kensit) is looking unload a dud quickly for triple the commission. Maurice Horton (Richard Griffiths) is looking to find an arranged date with Patricia Fulford. Major screw-ups by the bumbling bellboy (Bronson Pinchot) send the wrong messages to the various hotel clients. Horton is sent to Caroline Wright expecting a date. Orton is sent to Scarpa expecting to buy the property. Lawton is sent to Fulford expecting to kill her.

Writer/director Mark Herman misses the mark on this one. Bronson Pinchot's broad comedic performance is very distracting. The three misunderstandings come with a few chuckles. Patsy Kensit and Richard Griffiths are probably the closest to being funny. They are a little bit of sitcom and is almost comical. The other two stories are nowhere near funny. They turn into a lot of running around. After Patsy and Richard have done the deed, even that falls flat. It's a lot of misunderstanding without the comedy.


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