The Out-of-Towners (1999 film)

The Out-of-Towners (1999 film)

Infobox Film
name = The Out-of-Towners

caption =
director = Sam Weisman
producer = Robert Evans
Robert Cort
David Madden
Teri Schwartz
writer = Marc Lawrence
starring = Steve Martin
Goldie Hawn
John Cleese
music = Marc Shaiman
cinematography = John Bailey
editing = Kent Beyda
distributor = Paramount Pictures
released = 1999
runtime = 90 min.
imdb_id = 0129280

"The Out-of-Towners" is a 1999 film starring Goldie Hawn and Steve Martin. The movie is a remake of a 1970 film by the same name; the original version, written by Neil Simon, starred Jack Lemmon and Sandy Dennis.


There are subtle differences from the original, such as the couple's credit card being declined at the hotel (instead of their room being given away as in the original), but the script is largely faithful to the 1970 version. The remake also has the addition of John Cleese as Mr. Mersault, the Hotel Manager, a character similar to the one Cleese played in the television series Fawlty Towers. Most of the differences are due to the talents of Hawn and Martin, who are both mainly comedic actors with very individual styles (the 1970 film had Jack Lemmon and Sandy Dennis playing their roles very seriously, largely the source of many of the film's laughs). Consequently, the 1999 film stands alone as a Hawn and Martin collaboration, rather than as a comparable remake of an already successful film.


The movie was a disappointment critically and commercially. It has a 22% rating on the Rotten Tomatoes website [] , with Roger Ebert commenting that the movie "was not a proud moment in the often-inspired careers of Martin and Hawn." [] Most of the negative reviews point to Cleese as the only redeeming factor of the film. The film had a budget of $75 million, but grossed just $29 million in the US, and $33 million worldwide []

Other Cast

*Mark McKinney ... "Greg"
*Oliver Hudson ... "Alan Clark"
*Valerie Perri ... "Stewardess"
*Steve Mittleman ... "Passenger"
*Randall Arney ... "Passenger"
*Carlease Burke ... "Airline Representative"
*William Duell ... "Lost Baggage Clerk"
*J.P. Bumstead ... "Boston Cab Driver"
*Peggy Mannix ... "Sweeper Woman"
*Anne Haney ... "Woman in Bathroom"
*Charlie Dell ... "Janitor on Train"
*Jordan Baker ... "Rental Car Clerk"
*Tom Riis Farrell ... "Andrew Lloyd Webber"
*Dani Klein ... "Michelle"
*Daniel Parker ... "Desk Clerk"
*Karen White ... "Desk Clerk"
*Alyson Palmer ... "Shoplifter"
*Elizabeth Ziff ... "Shoplifter"
*Diane Cheng ... "Korean Grocer"
*Christopher Durang ... "Paranoid Man"
*Mo Gaffney ... "Paranoid Woman"
*Mary Testa ... "Dominatrix"
*Monica Birt ... "Supermodel"
*John Elsen ... "Deli Guy"
*Babo Harrison ... "Well Dressed Woman"
*Josh Mostel ... "Dr. Faber"
*Gregory Jbara ... "Edward"
*Amy Ziff ... "Edward's Friend"
*Cynthia Nixon ... "Sheena"
*French Napier ... "Sexaholic"
*Joseph Maher ... "Mr. Wellstone
*Constance McCashin ... "Mrs. Wellstone"
*Steve Bean ... "Greg's Friend"
*James Arone ... "Room Service Waiter"
*Philip Earl Johnson ... "Hotel Security Man"
*Ernie Sabella ... "Getaway Driver"
*Jack Willis ... "Robber"
*John Pizzarelli ... "Bandleader"
*Mayor Rudolph Giuliani ... "Mayor"
*Scotty Bloch ... "Florence Needleman"
*Chris McKinney ... "Arresting Cop"
*Joe Grifasi ... "Arresting Cop"
*Jerome Preston Bates ... "Prisoner #1"
*Jack McGee ... "Sergeant Jordan"
*Jacinto Taras Riddick ... "Prisoner #2"
*L.B. Fisher ... "Howard the Bellman"
*Janna Lapidus ... "Central Park Woman"
*T. Scott Cunningham ... "Paul"
*Mandy Siegfried ... "Receptionist"
*Jenn Thompson ... "Lisa Tobin"
*John Gould Rubin ... "Bill"
*Christopher Duva ... "Barry the Bellman"
*Arthur French ... "Cab Driver"
*Jessica Cauffiel ... "Susan Clark"

External links

* [ "The Out-of-Towners"] at the Internet Movie Database

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