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The Million Dollar Hotel [DVD] [2000]

Jeremy Davies , Milla Jovovich , Wim Wenders    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Jeremy Davies, Milla Jovovich, Mel Gibson, Jimmy Smits, Peter Stormare
  • Directors: Wim Wenders
  • Writers: Bono, Nicholas Klein
  • Producers: Bono, Bruce Davey, Deepak Nayar, Nicholas Klein, Ulrich Felsberg
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Icon
  • DVD Release Date: 30 Oct 2000
  • Run Time: 117 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004XQT8
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 90,639 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Many were iffy about Wim Wenders' Faraway, So Close (available on video) and The End of Violence (also available on video), but those films have a lot going for them. The Million Dollar Hotel is the director's true "disasterpiece". The story, co-authored by U2's Bono, is fit only for Bonio dog biscuits, and lead-performer Jeremy Davies is as annoying as anyone ever has been on screen. Spiky-haired semi-cracked Tom-Tom (Davies) takes a running jump off the top of the eponymous refuge for Los Angeles deadbeats, then flashes back to the aftermath of the last fatal fall from the hotel, taken by his junkie friend (played by Tim Roth in a climactic flashback). The hotel is shaken up by the arrival of FBI Special Agent Detective Skinner (Mel Gibson), a maniac in a back-brace who turns out to have had a functional third arm amputated. Other resident weirdoes include saintly slut and bibliophile Milla Jovovich, bogus-Indian artist Jimmy Smits, mad hooker Amanda Plummer and bogus Liverpudlian Peter Stormare (who claims to be a lost Beatle). Just when you think it can't get worse, Julian Sands shows up. Ugly, hectoring and trite. --Kim Newman

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Actors: Jeremy Davies, Milla Jovovich, Mel Gibson, Jimmy Smits, Peter Stormare
Director: Wim Wenders
Manufacturer: Icon

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
When a young, mentally challenged man finds himself torn in a world of greedy friends, manipulative acquaintances and the girl of his dreams, he finds his life in a compelling mix of freedom and consequence. After a young, talented artist apparently commits suicide, his roomate's paintings are confused for his own and he becomes an overnight artistic legend. However, his friends, all transients who have nary a penny to their name, plan to exploit their deceased friend's newly found fame for a taste of riches and fame. And they'll go to any length to make sure nothing comes between them and that dream, even if it means destroying the life of one of their own. Fabulously bizarre performances delivered by Mel Gibson, Jimmy Smitts and Milla Jojovich. Co-written by U2's Bono and directed by Wim Wenders.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unusually engrossing 10 April 2001
By A Customer
Format:DVD
At first, when I watched this film, I thought that it was possibly the most boring thing I'd ever seen. The characters didn't fit with the background and the background didn't fit with the plot. I was confused as to the point. I thought that Mel Gibson had been cast fairly ludicrously and that Milla Jovovich's talent had been wasted.
However, as the film progressed, I found that it became unusually engrossing, something I rarely encounter in romance style films. After a while, the odd main character became more understandable, and the story of love between two social misfits, who are not quite as disreputable as they initialy appear, began to draw me in. I was engrossed. You should ignore what professional critics deplore as "Bad Acting". They often, in my estimation, confuse the boundery between the actors and the characters, though I don't think that applies much here, its just a friendly warning. Although Mel Gibsons role still doesn't quite slot in, its not really that much of an irritant, if at all. The sets are well concieved and the supporting cast... well, support the film.
I can safely say that I've never cried over a film, but this was one of the very few that nearly had the ducts at the back of my eyes going at the end. You should really watch it you know.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great film 28 Nov 2007
Format:DVD
it is the best film I have seen for a very long time and if I ever to make the list of the world best movies I may really consider this film as one.
It may seem a little too pretentious to start with especially for those who are not used to European cinema but trust the film: all your doubts about it will disappear. The twists of the plot, the exceptionally good shooting and absolutely great music will win you over.
It is definitely not a simple detective story. It is a very serious movie that explores human nature and raises the most basic questions of human life: love, friendship, money, ambition etc - the trivial questions. But the way the film raises them makes all these trivial things so meaningful and touching.
The actors are great. I think it is the best role of Mila Iovovich. The contrast of personalities of two main male characters creates the futuristic anti utopian world of the film in the beginning and later this very contrast proves how insufficient is the shape and the image as the new contrast getting built up: between them and the others.
There is only one thing that I can mention as a bit of frustrating in the film: the main character's mumbling. But perhaps we do not need to hear every word, anyway :)
Great film! Highly recommended to anyone who is not afraid of serious cinematography and want a wonderful visual and musical experience.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
I've seen the movie about 5 times and it was the most impressive movie I've EVER seen.You'll soon love the characters and their way of thinking and acting.You'll understand their problems and their dreams.Just get in touch with this overwhelming story,and you'll know what I mean.An experience that's really worth it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant 5 Dec 2000
Format:DVD
Amazing movie: Bringing out the Dead meets American Beauty, better than both. Jeremy Davies at his very best. Milla Jovovich is superb, Mel Gibson is charming and hilarious. A truly great love story immersed in intelligent themes such as the triumph of human contact, the conundrum of television and how art is percieved by the masses all set to Bono's wonderful music. As beautifull and moving as Wenders' Paris, Texas - as close to poetry as film gets.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Futuristic Drama Set In A Rundown LA Hotel 13 Sep 2000
By A Customer
Format:DVD
I saw this film at the cinema. It had been slated on its release. The thing is, I'm a fan of director Wim Wenders. So I was expecting the worst.
But the worst did not materialise. Far from it. The story of FBI Agent Skinner's investigation into the death of "Izzy" (Tim Roth) takes many strange turns. The focus is not really on the investiagtion, but on the characters that inhabit the Million Dollar Hotel, a sort of safety net onto which fall all those who have slipped through the social security system. Wenders does make one mistake, and that is that the characters - all of whom are insane to greater or lesser degrees - are not varied enough. Everyone acts crazy so there is not enough variety in the performances. However, the relationship between Tom-Tom (Jeremy Davies) and Eloise (Milla Jovovich) is quite touching. Davies is convincing as the patsy half-wit Tom-Tom, and Jovovich has enough quirky energy for the part of airy bookworm Eloise. The soundtrack is absolutely awesome, with the songs being provided by Bono and the Million Dollar Hotel Band. "The Ground Beneath Her Feet" is a highlight. The cinematography is also stunning, and once again, Wenders shows himself as the master of his location - he manages to make downtown LA seem somehow beautiful. Also memorable are the Beatles references which are scattered throughout the film, and look at for a cameo by Bono in the party sequence towards the end. In fact, this film was Bono's idea : he had seen The Million Dollar Hotel when shooting a video with U2 in downtown LA, and that provided the spark for this film.
This may not be a film that will change your life, but it is nowhere near as bad as people made out. It may lack the lyricism that Bono may have been aiming at, but it is still a good stylish film. I was pleasantly surprised by this and would recommend it.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars OK film
Quite a strange disjointed movie. Not really worth taking the time to watch. Tim Roth (uncredited - filled in at the last minute when someone pulled out) was the only redeeming... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Mrs. M. Bicknell
1.0 out of 5 stars Aggghh!!!!!
I'm normally a big fan of Wim Wenders - "Wings of Desire" is one of my favourite films. However...
M.D.H. Read more
Published on 27 May 2010 by J. Rottweiller Swinburne
1.0 out of 5 stars contender for worst film ever
This has to be a contender for one of the worst films ever. It is just a vanity project by U2 singer Bono, based on an idea he had while filming the video to 'Where The Streets... Read more
Published on 11 Oct 2009 by Acritical
1.0 out of 5 stars Boring, hard to hear the dialogue
Probably the most boring and uninspiring film i've watched. It's not often i'm glad when they end but i was with this one.

Don't waste your time & money on this one.
Published on 5 Jun 2009 by happyman
5.0 out of 5 stars Very interesting movie...funny and sad
I watched this movie on a satelite channel when abroad, and there was nothing else to watch, but I loved it! Read more
Published on 8 May 2009 by C. Dewitt
1.0 out of 5 stars Sooo Boring
This film was soooo boring. It did not hold my attention.Almost all of the characters were crazy and talked crazy, and unless you are crazy you wouldn't be able to follow it. Read more
Published on 28 Aug 2008 by D. Preece
4.0 out of 5 stars Good film.
Firstly i just want to say that i don't like U2 and woundn't know Bono if he smacked me in the face, normally anything to do with him I'd run a mile from. Read more
Published on 10 Mar 2008 by Richard P. James
5.0 out of 5 stars Tom McWrey
This film was Wonderful, Magnifient, Deeply Touching, need I say more?
Published on 27 April 2003
2.0 out of 5 stars you just cannot escape the fact that this film...
...really is bad. Im as big a U2 fan as anyone. I really am but this film, as much as i want to like it, is just too poor. Read more
Published on 24 Nov 2002 by "waltham14"
4.0 out of 5 stars Tears and Laughter
I saw this film in Cannes, France in March 2000 (during my first trip to Europe). I was lucky to be there for its release as it was not released in the U.S. Read more
Published on 23 Jan 2002 by brono@u2mail.org
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