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California Suite Academy Award Winner! Academy Award Nomination! Academy Award Nomination! 

By Marshall Fine

The West Coast answer to Neil Simon's Plaza Suite, this film (written by Simon and directed by Herbert Ross) has a high Hollywood gloss. Instead of the omnibus form of the film of the New York version, this film (set at the Beverly Hills Hotel) intertwines the stories ( la Grand Hotel) of several different sets of guests, including Alan Alda and Jane Fonda and Walter Matthau and Elaine May, on one particularly eventful weekend. The story that works best involves Maggie Smith and Michael Caine as an Oscar-nominated actress and her straying, gay husband who come to an understanding (Smith won the Oscar for this film). The least effective is a slapsticky battle between well-to-do but competitive doctors played by Bill Cosby and Richard Pryor.

Academy Awards

California Suite received an Academy Award for Supporting Actress (Dame Maggie Smith). California Suite also received Academy Awards nominations for Writing (Best Screenplay based on material from another medium; Neil Simon) and for Art Direction/Set Decoration (Albert Brenner - Art Direction, Marvin March - Set Decoration).

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Director: Herbert Ross

Stars: Jane Fonda, Alan Alda, Maggie Smith, Michael Caine, Walter Matthau, Bill Cosby, Elaine May, Richard Pryor

Released: December 15, 1978

Availability: DVD VHS CD


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