The Million Dollar Hotel

2000

The Million Dollar Hotel

Critics Consensus

Critics say the weirdness of The Million Dollar Hotel is more grating and pretentious than interesting. Also, it takes too long to get to the conclusion.

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Set in 2001, a group of misfits live in a flea-bitten, skid-row hotel known as 'The Million Dollar Hotel'. Its residents become the center of attention when a junky named Izzy is found murdered. As it turns out, he is the son of a wealthy and powerful media magnate. The residents of the hotel soon become the prime suspects. A badgering detective is then on the case to try and solve the murder. Or was it a suicide?

Cast

Mel Gibson
as Skinner
Jimmy Smits
as Geronimo
Donal Logue
as Charley Best
Bud Cort
as Shorty
Julian Sands
as Terence Scopey
Tom Bower
as Hector
Harris Yulin
as Stanley Goldkiss
Tim Roth
as Izzy Goldkiss (uncredited)
Justin Lafoe
as Marlene's Son
David Stifel
as Screamer for Jesus
Bono
as Man in Hotel Lobby (uncredited)
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Critic Reviews for The Million Dollar Hotel

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Audience Reviews for The Million Dollar Hotel

  • Nov 16, 2010
    Not many people I have spoken to have seen this film but as a Jeremy Davies fan (whom I discovered a love for first in his portrayal of Charles Manson in Helter Skelter and then by accident as Topper in the darkly deviant black comedy Ravenous) I would have to say that it is one of the most haunting and heartbreaking movies I have ever seen. Although Mel Gibson's presence seems a little odd, as you keep expecting him to pull out a gun and start shooting (as he does on one occasion) I felt his portrayal as a physically deformed polic officer investigating the suicide of a man in the hotel believable. With a perfect narrative from Davies and a strong, all be it odd, cast of characters behind him, this movie is one of my favorites and is one I am happy not many people have seen.
    Unknown H Super Reviewer
  • Jul 27, 2010
    Legendary filmmaker Wim Wenders returns to the screen with this loosely structured murder mystery. The Million Dollar Hotel unites Wender's obsession with cool music, lost souls, and American trash culture. Set in 2001, the film opens with Tom Tom (Jeremy Davies) taking a flying leap off the roof of the Million Dollar Hotel, an ironically titled dive in the seedy section of L.A. Told in an extended flashback, Tom Tom recounts the murder investigation of a down-and-out artist and son of a media mogul, Izzy Goldkiss (Tim Roth), who also fell off the hotel. FBI special agent Skinner (none other than Mel Gibson), sporting a neck brace, looks into the death only to discover that the building is teeming with weirdos and losers. There is Vivien (Amanda Plummer), who claims to be the fiancée of the rock star; Geronimo (Jimmy Smits), a huckster trying to make a buck by selling Izzy's abstract painting; Eloise (Milla Jovovich), a burned out prostitute with a passion for intellectual literature; and Dixie (Peter Stormare), who swears up and down that he is the fifth Beatle. As the film progresses, Skinner proves to be just as much of a freak as the hotel tenets -- he was born with a third arm that was surgically removed from his back. Just as in his Until the End of the World (1991), Wenders features a fantastic soundtrack including songs from Bono, Daniel Lanois, and Brian Eno. The Million Dollar Hotel opened the 2000 Berlin Film Festival.
    Martin D Super Reviewer
  • May 21, 2009
    The film version of a literary style known as Magical Realism It's a screwball tragedy, a term made up by someone else to describe this film. There are no others of this type. It's a love story without "They lived happily ever after"; it's a mystery (the essence of real) in a subtly surreal world. Not only is the story unique, but so are most of the characters, which seems to be a problem for some viewers. I don't want to paint this movie as too weird, but its differences are some of the best things about it. Cinematography is classic, sharp, lots of deep focus. Exteriors, interiors, non-traditional lighting, a dawn scene shot before the magic hour, it all looks great. I can't recall a scene with foreground in focus while background is out, or vice versa. U2 contributed a tune or two to the soundtrack, as they have for all Wim Wenders films since the 80s. The rest of the soundtrack is jazzy. It supports the film beautifully, and is available on CD. If you've liked any of Wim Wenders films, I think you'll love this one.
    MisterYoda ? Super Reviewer
  • Mar 19, 2008
    I can't think of very much to say about this film. The cast list reads like a who's-who of irritating actors: Amanda Plummer, Julian Sands, Bud Cort, etc. Mel Gibson looks very uncomfortable as a G-man investigating a suspicious death, and not just because he's wearing a neck brace and is supposed to have had spinal surgery. Jeremy Davies plays twitchy and annoying very well, but who wants to watch that? Wim Wenders creates some magical visuals but the central murder-mystery, which ought to drive the film, is completely underwhelming.
    Stephen M Super Reviewer

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