Four Rooms


Four Rooms Information

Four Rooms is a 1995 anthology comedy film directed by Allison Anders, Alexandre Rockwell, Robert Rodriguez, and Quentin Tarantino, each directing one segment of the film that in its entirety is loosely based on the adult short fiction writings of Roald Dahl, especially Man from the South which is the basis for the last segment, Penthouse - "The Man from Hollywood" directed by Tarantino. The story is set in the fictional Hotel Mon Signor in Los Angeles on New Year's Eve. Tim Roth plays the hotel bellhop, the main character in the frame story, whose first night on the job consists of four very different encounters with various hotel guests.

Plot

The film is set on New Year's Eve, and starts with Sam (Marc Lawrence), the previous bellhop of the Hotel Mon Signor, briefing his replacement, Ted (Tim Roth), about the job.

The opening credits pay homage to the cartoons of The Pink Panther Show, and features the scat song "Vertigogo".

Honeymoon Suite - "The Missing Ingredient"

Ted assists a number of unusual women with their luggage, which he takes up to the Honeymoon Suite. He learns they are a coven of witches, attempting to create a potion to reverse a spell cast on their goddess (Amanda De Cadenet) 40 years ago. In order to create the potion, each witch must place an ingredient into a large cauldron in a ritual. However, one of the witches (Ione Skye) has still to retrieve her ingredient - semen - which she is told she must retrieve in one hour. The witch manages to seduce an initially reluctant Ted and has sex with him in the cauldron. After he leaves, the witches complete the ritual and the goddess is seen emerging from the cauldron.

Ted's phone call with the party guest

At the end of the segment, a guest from a hotel room party (Lawrence Bender) calls Ted at the front desk to get some ice. He is unsure about which floor the room is on, but eventually directs Ted to room 404.

Room 404 - "The Wrong Man"

Upon arriving at room 404, Ted finds himself in the middle of a fantasy hostage situation between a husband and wife. Siegfried (David Proval), the husband, maniacally accuses Ted (whom he calls Theodore) of having slept with his wife, Angela (Jennifer Beals). At gunpoint, Ted is made to participate in the scenario, with uncertainty about what is real and what is part of the fantasy. At one point, Ted is stuck in the bathroom window and the party guest from the beginning of the episode appears in the window above, uttering the word "ice" and vomiting. Eventually, Ted escapes just as a different party guest (Paul Skemp) appears, looking for room 404 and is greeted by Siegfried in the same manner as Ted was at the beginning of the episode.

Uncertainty of room number

It is not fully clear if these events take place in room 404 or in room 409. The party guests' room is on the above floor, which suggests Siegfried's room is indeed room 404. However, Siegfried answers the phone at one point, which, as revealed in the next segment, is a call connecting to room 409. Adding to this uncertainty, the room door reads "40-", with a faint outline of what appears to be a missing "4" or "9".

Clarification

In the following segment of the movie, there is a brief phone call to the room in question where you can clearly tell that Siegfried is the man talking. The room number that was called was 409.

Room 309 - "The Misbehavers"

A husband (Antonio Banderas) and wife (Tamlyn Tomita) go out to a New Year's Eve party and leave their two children, Juancho and Sarah (Danny Verduzco and Lana McKissack), in the hotel. Ted is paid $500 to keep an eye on the children by the stern father, who orders them not to misbehave. As Ted is responsible for the entire hotel, he is unable to actually stay in the room with the children, but instead instructs them to stay in the room and watch television. After Ted leaves, the children soon begin to squabble and proceed to both explore and vandalize the room, and manage to explode a bottle of champagne in the process. They call Ted for toothbrushes, at which point he arrives and attempts unsuccessfully to put them to bed by putting ointment on their eyelids. After they wash their eyelids and summon him back to the room once more, Ted arrives at a scene of mass chaos: the walls of the bedroom have been scribbled with lipstick, Juancho has a cigarette in his mouth, Sarah has the bottle of champagne in her hand, the television is set to an adult channel, and the children have found the corpse of a dead prostitute (Patricia Vonne) stuffed under the mattress. While Ted tries to quell the chaos in the room, Sarah stabs him in the leg with a syringe when he repeatedly uses the word "whore" and Juancho accidentally sets the bedroom on fire with his cigarette. At this point, the children's father arrives, carrying his passed-out wife, and, looking around the room, asks Ted, "Did they misbehave?"

Ted's phone call with Betty

After the events of room 309, an unsettled Ted calls his boss, Betty (Kathy Griffin), to quit for the night, as his shift has ended. After a prolonged conversation with Margaret (Marisa Tomei), Ted gets Betty on the phone and quits, but a call from the Penthouse comes in. Betty reasons with Ted and convinces him to tend to their needs, due to the importance of continued Hollywood business to the hotel.

Penthouse - "The Man from Hollywood"

The penthouse is currently being occupied by the famous director Chester Rush (Tarantino) and a group of his friends, which includes Angela from The Wrong Man. The party requests a block of wood, a doughnut, a ball of twine, three nails, a club sandwich, a bucket of ice, and an extremely sharp hatchet (Rush specifically requests a hatchet "as sharp as the Devil himself"). After getting acquainted with Chester and his friends, Ted is asked to take part in a challenge: Chester's friend Norman (Paul Calderón) has bet he can light his Zippo cigarette lighter ten times in a row. If he succeeds, Norman will win Chester's car, but if he fails, Norman's pinky will be cut off. Ted is asked to act as a "hatchet man" and cut off Norman's pinky, should he fail. Ted initially tries to leave, but Chester persuades him to stay by offering $100 up front and another $1,000 if he performs his assigned role. Norman's lighter fails on the first try, and Ted chops off the finger, sweeps up all the money, and leaves the penthouse. While the credits are rolling, Chester and company are seen frantically getting ready to take a screaming, agonizing Norman to a hospital. Bruce Willis also appears prominently in this scene, yet is not credited in the movie.

Cast

"The Missing Ingredient"

  • Valeria Golino as Athena
  • Madonna as Elspeth
  • Alicia Witt as Kiva
  • Sammi Davis as Jezebel
  • Lili Taylor as Raven
  • Ione Skye as Eva
  • Amanda de Cadenet as Diana

"The Wrong Man"

  • David Proval as Siegfried
  • Jennifer Beals as Angela
  • Lawrence Bender as Long Hair Yuppie Scum
  • Paul Skemp as Real Theodore
  • Quinn Thomas Hellerman as Baby Bellhop

"The Misbehavers"

Betty's house

"The Man from Hollywood"

Crossovers between rooms

The four segments are shown chronologically, except for "The Misbehavers", the events of which both precede and succeed the events of "The Wrong Man".

There are some connections between the four segments:

  • In "The Wrong Man", Ted recalls the witches' ritual in "The Missing Ingredient" with the expression "weird voodoo thing".
  • Ted can be seen with the two cherries from "The Missing Ingredient" at the beginning of "The Misbehavers".
  • Sarah in "The Misbehavers" calls a random room to ask a question. The man who picks up happens to be Siegfried from "The Wrong Man".
  • Angela appears in both "The Wrong Man" and "The Man from Hollywood".
  • When calling his boss, just before the beginning of "The Man from Hollywood", Ted recalls the events of the first three segments.

Reaction

Critical reception

The film did not fare as well with critics as it did with the film's audience, receiving a 14% "Rotten" rating from Rotten Tomatoes but a 'fresh' 72% from moviegoers. James Berardinelli of ReelViews described the film as "one of 1995's major disappointments". Hal Hinson of the Washington Post said the film "asserts itself as a goof so laboriously and aggressively that you almost feel pinned back in your seat". Most reviews agree that "The Misbehavers" is the best of the rooms. Tim Roth was praised by critics and audiences for his performance as Ted. The film fared better with audiences with a solid 'B-' rating from Box Office Mojo and a 'B' rating from Yahoo!.

The film won a Razzie Award for Worst Supporting Actress (Madonna).

Box office

The film grossed $4,257,354 in only 319 theaters.

Soundtrack

| noprose = yes }} The soundtrack to Four Rooms features a score composed and performed by contemporary lounge music band Combustible Edison, co-produced by Mark Mothersbaugh. Additional music is by Juan García Esquivel.

Track listing

  1. "Vertigogo (Opening Theme)" (Combustible Edison) " 2:35
    • Tracks 2-11 from "The Missing Ingredient":
  2. "Junglero" " 1:54
  3. "Four Rooms Swing" " 2:11
  4. "Theme From 'Bewitched'" (Howard Greenfield and Jack Keller) " 1:01
  5. "Tea and Eva In The Elevator" " 0:55
  6. "Invocation" " 1:26
  7. "Breakfast At Denny's" " 3:57
  8. "Strange Brew" " 0:27
  9. "Coven Of Witches" " 0:59
  10. "The Earthly Diana" " 0:36
  11. "Eva Seduces Ted" " 2:10
    • Tracks 12-17 from "The Wrong Man":
  12. "Hallway Ted" " 0:31
  13. "Headshake Rhumba" " 0:41
  14. "Skippen, Pukin, Siegfried" " 0:29
  15. "Angela" " 0:46
  16. "Punch Drunk" " 2:57
  17. "Male Bonding" " 3:06
    • Tracks 18-25 from "The Misbehavers":
  18. "Mariachi" " 0:29
  19. "Antes De Medianoche" " 2:45
  20. "Sentimental Journey" (Written by Bud Green, Les Brown and Ben Homer, performed by Esquivel) " 2:39
  21. "Kids Watch TV" " 2:03
  22. "Champagne and Needles" " 2:06
  23. "Bullseye" " 1:01
  24. "Harlem Nocturne" (Written by Earle Hagen, performed by Esquivel) " 2:30
  25. "The Millionaire's Holiday" " 2:13
    • Tracks 26-29 from "The Man from Hollywood":
  26. "Ted-o-vater" " 0:39
  27. "Vertigogo (Closing Credits)" " 5:33
  28. "'D' In The Hallway Credits" " 0:25
  29. "Torchy" " 0:16



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