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Hotel Sorrento (1995)

R | | Drama | 14 July 1995 (USA)
Meg, Pippa, and Hillary are sisters who grew up in Sorrento, a small seaside town in Australia. Meg, who has lived in England for 10 years has just written a criticially acclaimed novel ... See full summary »

Director:

Richard Franklin
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Caroline Goodall ... Meg Moynihan
Caroline Gillmer ... Hilary Moynihan
Tara Morice ... Pippa Moynihan
Joan Plowright ... Marge Morrisey
Ray Barrett ... Wal Moynihan
Nicholas Bell ... Edwin
Ben Thomas Ben Thomas ... Troy Moynihan
John Hargreaves ... Dick Bennett
Dave Barnett Dave Barnett ... Radio Announcer
Peter O'Callaghan Peter O'Callaghan ... Radio Announcer
Jane Edmanson Jane Edmanson ... Radio Announcer
Bill Howie Bill Howie ... Radio Announcer
Sam Newman Sam Newman ... Football Commentator
Shane Healy Shane Healy ... Football Commentator
Phillip Lee Phillip Lee ... Auctioneer (voice)
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Storyline

Meg, Pippa, and Hillary are sisters who grew up in Sorrento, a small seaside town in Australia. Meg, who has lived in England for 10 years has just written a criticially acclaimed novel which she claims is entirely fictional. The book causes a stir in Sorrento and in her family when it is supected that the book is not as fictional as she claims. Written by Murray Chapman <muzzle@cs.uq.oz.au>

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One sister's desire became the family secret.

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Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language | See all certifications »
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Country:

Australia | UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 July 1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Sorrento Beach See more »

Filming Locations:

Sorrento, Victoria, Australia

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$91,170
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color
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Trivia

For this Australian picture's American release stateside in the USA, the title of the movie was changed from "Hotel Sorrento" to "Sorrento Beach". See more »

Quotes

Hilary Moynihan: I smoked a really big weed one time
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Connections

Referenced in Postcards: 2007 Great Escapes Special 2 (2007) See more »

Soundtracks

Jerusalem
Words by William Blake
Music by Sir Charles Hubert Hastings Parry (as Hubert H. Parry)
Performed by The Melbourne Welsh Male Choir (as Melbourne Welsh Male Voice Choir)
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A film for Thinkers
26 January 2007 | by ian_isonSee all my reviews

This film reminded me of 'The Shell-Seekers' and 'Secrets and Lies' and ranks with them both in quality of performances and depth of themes. Those seeking a great plot or action movie will be disappointed, but those interested in a variety of characters in a sweet setting with more than enough to say for themselves - albeit in the Laconic fashion of the Australian idiom - should not be disappointed.

There is intelligent, if indirect, humour in the writing - poking fun at the bored colonial escapee daughters who end up finding themselves to be the cause of everyone's ennui back home. The grandfather's mundane home truths about why they left ('running away from something') are borne out by the eventually revealed family secret. Similarly, the authoress character's assessment of the dominance of the Capitalist ethos over Australian culture is borne out in the cringe-making scene at the closing credits - a slap in the face for the idealistic Press owner friend to Joan Plowright's character who has championed the idea of the great 'coming of age' of Australian culture.

The locations are truly charming with many shots worth framing and the very down-to-earth lifestyle of the inhabitants of the 'Hotel Sorrento' provides a sobering note for anyone taking too great a flight of fancy over it all.


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