Watch It

On DVD: Now | On Blu-ray: TBD

Dunston Checks In Details


A nervous hotel manager has all sorts of monkey business to deal with (actually orangutan business, but you get the idea) in this comedy for the family. Robert Grant (Jason Alexander) is the manager of The Majestic Hotel, a large and highly luxurious five-star facility. Grant is harried, overworked, and wants to take his two sons, Kyle (Eric Lloyd) and Brian (Graham Sack), on a well-deserved vacation, but when the owner of the Majestic, Mrs. Dubrow (Faye Dunnaway), hears that the hotel is being considered for the newly-minted and very prestigious six-star rating by the Le Monde Guide, it falls on Robert to make sure that everything is perfect when the guide's staff arrives. Since the inspectors will arrive unannounced, Robert has to chase after anyone who looks like they could be a VIP, so he finds himself giving the star treatment to new guest Lord Rutledge (Rupert Everett) when he spots Rutledge using a pocket camera to snap pictures in the lobby. However, Rutledge is actually a skilled jewel thief who has come to the Majestic to take advantage of its wealthy clientele, and he's arrived with his pet orangutan, Dunston, who has been trained to be Rutledge's partner in crime. Dunston gets lost in the hotel's air duct system; Kyle finds the friendly ape and discovers he makes a great playmate, which makes things all the more difficult for Robert. Paul Reubens (aka Pee Wee Herman) also appears as a trigger-happy animal control officer. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

  • Release date:January 12, 1996


Jason Alexander
as Robert Grant
Faye Dunaway
as Mrs. Dubrow
Eric Lloyd
as Kyle Grant
Rupert Everett
as Lord Rutledge
Graham Sack
as Brian Grant
Paul Reubens
as Buck La Farge
Steven Gilborn
as Artie
Karen Maruyama
as Telephone Operator
Lynne Stewart
as Cucumber Woman
Natalie Core
as Mrs. Feldman
Judith Scott
as Nancy
Nathan Davis
as Victor
Ernest Perry, Jr.
as Doorman
Bruce Beatty
as Murray
Cynthia Martells
as Ms. Pink
Peter Siragusa
as Maintenance Man
Jim Ishida
as Bali Majestic Guest
Lois de Banzie
as Mrs. Winthrop
Marceline Hugot
as Mrs. Harrison
Frank Kopyc
as Night Doorman
Jennifer Bassey
as Mrs. Dellacroce
Frank Welker
as Special Vocal Effects
Glenn Shadix
as Lionel Spalding
Neriah Napaul
as Ferrari Girl


Ken Kwapis
Joe Wizan
Todd Black
Bruce Graham
Peter Lyons Collister
Miles Goodman
Featured Music
Jon Poll
Keith Neely
Art Director
Jason Blumenthal
Rodney Liber
Executive Producer
Alina Panova
Costume Designer
John Robotham
Brian Burrows
John-Clay Scott
J.P. Romano
Robert Jauregui
Phil Culotta
Pat Romano
Linda Lowy
John Brace