For Love or Money (1993 film)
|For Love or Money/uk release The Concierge|
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Barry Sonnenfeld|
|Produced by||Brian Grazer|
|Written by||Mark Rosenthal
|Starring||Michael J. Fox
|Music by||Bruce Broughton|
|Edited by||Jim Miller|
|Imagine Films Entertainment|
|Distributed by||Universal Pictures|
|Release date(s)||October 1, 1993|
|Running time||96 minutes|
For Love or Money (AKA The Concierge) is a 1993 romantic comedy film directed by Barry Sonnenfeld and starring Michael J. Fox and Gabrielle Anwar. The film was rated PG by the MPAA. It was not a commercial success domestically in North America, earning less than half its production budget before being withdrawn from theatres after just four weeks of release. The film was unofficially remade into Hindi as Yes Boss.
Doug Ireland is a concierge at the Bradbury, a luxurious hotel in New York City that is beginning to decline. Doug is very well-connected and is very good at his job, giving personal attention to guests like Harry Wegman while occasionally pocketing a big tip. Doug's dream is to open his own hotel on Roosevelt Island. He has saved every cent and obtained an option on an old hotel. But he only has a few weeks to begin development and needs at least $3 million immediately.
Doug's best chance is Christian Hanover, a somewhat unscrupulous billionaire. Christian considers the proposal and asks Doug to "take care" of his mistress, Andy Hart, a perfume saleswoman. Doug pretends to date Andy so that she can get close to Christian without his wife suspecting.
Doug learns that Christian is deceiving Andy about getting a divorce. But because his hotel proposal is urgent and Andy is old enough to make her own decisions, he doesn't intervene. However, as he and Andy spend time together, he develops feelings for her.
Andy learns that a document Christian has asked Doug to sign was intended to permit the billionaire to take over the hotel project and force Doug out. He smugly tells Andy that the project had too much potential to share it with a mere concierge. Andy abandons him for Doug, who is chasing after her.
In the end, after Doug and Andy marry, he gets a call from Harry Wegman, who has been sent Doug's business plan by other members of the hotel staff (without Doug's knowledge) and has decided to put up the $3 million that Doug needs.
- Michael J. Fox ... Doug Ireland
- Gabrielle Anwar ... Andy Hart
- Anthony Higgins ... Christian Hanover
- Bob Balaban ... Ed Drinkwater
- Michael Tucker ... Mr. Harry Wegman
- Fyvush Finkel ... Milton Glickman
- Mike Moyer ... Charlie the Doorman
- Saverio Guerra ... Carmen
- Daniel Hagen ... Vincent, Bartender
- La Chanze ... Nora
- Paula Laurence ... Mrs. Elinor Vigushin
- Donna Mitchell ... Eleanor Hanover
- Debra Monk ... Mrs. Wegman
- Harry Bugin ... Joey Pickles
- Udo Kier ... Mr. Himmelman
For Love or Money received mixed to negative reviews from critics. It currently holds a 32% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
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