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Playwright Neil Simon turned to the hotel setting he used so successfully in his stage-play (later a movie) Neil Simon to explore four more human dramas in his play California Suite, which was adapted into this quite successful movie. In the first episode, the divorced couple of Bill and Hannah Warren (Alan Alda and Jane Fonda) have rented a suite in a posh Beverly Hills hotel in order to have a discussion about who will get the custody of their child. In the next episode, Sidney Cochran and Diana Barrie (Michael Caine and Maggie Smith) are a hilarious pair of Hollywood stars who have rented the suite to await their appearance at the Academy Awards: it is a "date of convenience" which enables the sexually adventurous duo to conduct their other, more unconventional alliances out of the public eye. Drs. Willis Panama and Chauncy Gump (Bill Cosby and Richard Pryor) have brought their families to Beverly Hills for a vacation which takes on nightmarish tone. Finally, Marvin Michaels (Walter Matthau) tries frantically and unsuccessfully to explain the situation to his wife (Elaine May) when she catches him in flagrante delicto with a hooker. Actress Maggie Smith won an Academy Award as "Best Supporting Actress" for her role in this film, in which she plays the actress waiting to win . . . an Academy Award. ~ Clarke Fountain, Rovi

  • Release date:December 15, 1978


Awarded by
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Marvin March Best Art Direction 1978 Nominee
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Jane Fonda Best Actress 1978 Winner
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Maggie Smith Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy 1978 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Maggie Smith Best Supporting Actress 1978 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Neil Simon Best Adapted Screenplay 1978 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Albert Brenner Best Art Direction 1978 Nominee


Alan Alda
as Bill Warren
Michael Caine
as Sidney Cochran
Bill Cosby
as Dr. Willis Panama
Jane Fonda
as Hannah Warren
Walter Matthau
as Marvin Michaels
Elaine May
as Millie Michaels
Richard Pryor
as Dr. Chauncy Gump
Maggie Smith
as Diana Barrie
Herb Edelman
as Harry Michaels
Dana Plato
as Jenny
Bert May
Kelly Harmon
Gary Hendrix
as Oscar Winner's Date
Lupe Ontiveros
as Maid
John Hawker
as Sky Cap
Len Lawson
as Frank
Denise Galik
as Bunny
Eddie Villery
as Waiter
Jerrold Ziman
as Man on Phone
Christopher Pennock
as Policeman
Clint Young
as Doorman
Jack Scanlan
as P.R. Man
James Espinoza
as Busboy
Nora Boland
as Passenger
David Rini
as Airline Rep.
Tawny Moyer
as Stewardess
Brian Cummings
as Autograph Seeker
Gino Ardito
as Plumber
David Matthau
as Bellboy
James Coburn
Buddy Douglas
as Page
Rita Gomez
as Maid
Tina Menard
as Maid


Herbert Ross
Ronald L. Schwary
Raymond Stark
Neil Simon
Neil Simon
Play Author
Claude Bolling
Composer (Music Score)
Margaret Booth
Michael A. Stevenson
Albert Brenner
Production Designer
Ronald L. Schwary
Associate Producer
Marvin March
Set Designer
Ann Roth
Costume Designer
Jack Roe
First Assistant Director
Ronald L. Schwary
Production Manager
Charles Schram