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Directed by Herbert Ross • 1978 • United States
Starring Jane Fonda, Alan Alda, Maggie Smith
Neil Simon’s smash Broadway farce hits the screen with a luminous all-star cast. Among the guests whose personal and romantic dilemmas intertwine over the course of their stay at the Beverly Hills Hotel are: Jane Fonda, as a hard-nosed Manhattanite perturbed by her ex-husband Alan Alda’s new California lifestyle; Maggie Smith, who won a real-life Academy Award for her performance as an Oscar-nominated actress in denial about her marriage of convenience to her closeted husband (Michael Caine); Walter Matthau, who must think quick to explain to his wife (Elaine May) how another woman ended up in his bed; and Richard Pryor as a doctor trying—and failing to find—a little rest and relaxation.