California Suite

Quick and varied comedy, highly suited to Neil Simon's machine-gun gag-writing. The four sketches about guests in a Hollywood hotel range from out-and-out banana peel slapstick (Cosby and Pryor) to tragi-comedy of a superior kind (Fonda). Inevitably Fonda provides the film with its centre, giving another performance of unnerving sureness. Also on the credit side is a bedroom farce of epic proportions from Matthau and May. The other vignettes are a bit glum.

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Release details

Duration: 103 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Herbert Ross
Screenwriter: Neil Simon
Cast: Alan Alda
Michael Caine
Bill Cosby
Jane Fonda
Walter Matthau
Elaine May
Richard Pryor
Maggie Smith
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