The usually competent manager (Jason Alexander) of a swanky hotel wants to take a vacation with his family, but when a jewel thief posing as a hotel critic checks in, the hotel's owner (Faye Dunaway) forces him to stay on. The manager watches helplessly as the jewel thief's orangutan checks in and wreaks havoc on his entire life. A fun, silly family movie with an excellent cast.
Ken Kwapis - American Director
Eric Lloyd - Child Actor
Graham Sack - Actor/"Dunston Checks In"
Jason Alexander - American actor, director, SEINFELD
Jay Scott Greenspan - American actor, director, SEINFELD
Faye Dunaway - Oscar winning american actress, NETWORK
Pee-Wee Herman - Actor/Children's Show Host
Paul Reubens - Actor/Children's Show Host
Paul Rubenfeld - Actor/Children's Show Host
Paul Mall - Actor/Children's Show Host
Glenn Shadix - American Comic Actor
Rupert Everett - British Actor
Widower Robert Grant is the manager of the tony Majestic Hotel, where he's raising his two sons. Robert's very nervous, because an inspector from a distinguished travel guide is due to arrive shortly, so everything MUST be perfect. But things go awry when a thief named Rutledge arrives at the hotel, and is mistaken for the inspector. Even more chaos ensues when Rutledge's assistant Dunston -- an adroit orangutan -- escapes from his cruel owner and befriends Robert's young son Kyle. With mistaken identities and simian hijinks turning the hotel upside-down, Robert's worst nightmare has just been realized. So can he keep everything under control when the REAL inspector arrives?
Released theatrically in the USA January 12, 1996. Color by DeLuxe. Additional cast: Sam (Dunston, the orangutan). Additional credits: Michael Morris Jr., James Dew, Mike Boxer, Bob Dunn (animal trainers). Rated BBFC PG by the British Board of Film Classification.
"...Richly funny..." - 04/01/1996 Sight and Sound, p.44-5
"...DUNSTON has a stylish art-deco design, flashes of quirky wit, [and] several priceless sight gags..." - 01/12/1996 USA Today, p.4D
"...It's a first-class stylish farce with a brisk pace and cool wit..." - 01/15/1996 Variety
"...DUNSTON CHECKS IN is as light as a soufflé and just as delicious. Dunaway, a sparkling comedian, looks gorgeous..." - 01/12/1996 Los Angeles Times, p.F12