Early 1970s. Four strangers check in at the El Royale Hotel. The hotel is deserted, staffed by a single desk clerk. Some of the new guests' reasons for being there are less than innocent and some are not who they appear to be.

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Drew Goddard

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Drew Goddard
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jeff Bridges ... Father Daniel Flynn / Dock O'Kelly
Cynthia Erivo ... Darlene Sweet
Dakota Johnson ... Emily Summerspring
Jon Hamm ... Laramie Seymour Sullivan / Dwight Broadbeck
Chris Hemsworth ... Billy Lee
Cailee Spaeny ... Rose Summerspring
Lewis Pullman ... Miles Miller
Nick Offerman ... Felix O'Kelly
Xavier Dolan ... Buddy Sunday
Shea Whigham ... Dr. Woodbury Laurence
Mark O'Brien ... Larsen Rogers
Charles Halford ... Sammy Wilds
Jim O'Heir ... Milton Wyrick
Gerry Nairn Gerry Nairn ... Reporter Paul Kraemer
Alvina August ... Vesta Shears
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Storyline

Six strangers, (Jeff Bridges, Cynthia Erivo, Dakota Johnson, Jon Hamm, Cailee Spaeny and Lewis Pullman) each with their own secrets, meet at the El Royale hotel of Lake Tahoe. Taking place over one night, alliances are made and secrets are revealed.

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Seven strangers. Seven secrets. All roads lead here.


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Rated R for strong violence, language, some drug content and brief nudity | See all certifications »

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Trivia

The El Royale is based on the famous Cal Neva Resort and Casino that was once owned by Frank Sinatra. See more »

Goofs

After Darlene takes her stuff from the trunk of her car (at the beginning of the movie) she sees a man facing away from her wearing a black coat, pants, and hat. She asks,"Are you lost Father?" without having the benefit of seeing his priest's collar with him facing away from her. Unless she assumes that all men who wear black are priests, she would not have known to call him "Father". See more »

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[about Billy Lee]
Darlene Sweet: He talks so much he thinks he believes in something, but really he just wants to fuck who he wants to fuck.
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Crazy Credits

Darlene is shown singing in the background over the first half of the closing credits. Aside from this, there are no mid-credits/post-credits scenes. See more »

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What Becomes of the Brokenhearted
Written by James Dean, Paul Riser and William Weatherspoon
Performed by Cynthia Erivo
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I'm a little bit dissapointed
18 October 2018 | by allen03-25-757124See all my reviews

Hotel with some dark past, 7 strangers with different stories, different goals. Sounds like promising project. But, I am not satisfied. Everything interesting happened in first 20 minutes of movie where you discover all that matters. After that, when you think plot will make some great turn, when you are expecting something unexpectable, nothing happen. I was especially dissapointed with the end. Movie is not that bad, I gave it a solid mark, but since I had very big expectations I am a little bit dissapointed with that what I saw. I think that this kind of movie has much better potential that this movie didn't produce or just too less.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 October 2018 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Bad Times at the El Royale See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$32,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,132,647, 14 October 2018

Gross USA:

$17,839,115

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$31,882,724
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Atmos

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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