Chelsea Walls

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Chelsea Walls
Chelsea Walls FilmPoster.jpeg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byEthan Hawke
Produced byAlexis Alexanian
Pamela Koffler
Christine Vachon
Gary Winick
Written byNicole Burdette
StarringKris Kristofferson
Uma Thurman
Robert Sean Leonard
Vincent D'Onofrio
Natasha Richardson
Rosario Dawson
Music byJeff Tweedy
CinematographyTom Richmond
Edited byAdriana Pacheco
Killer Films
IFC Films
Distributed byLionsgate
Release date
  • September 21, 2001 (2001-09-21) (Woodstock Film Festival)
  • April 19, 2002 (2002-04-19)
Running time
109 minutes [1]
CountryUnited States
Box office$60,902[3]

Chelsea Walls is a 2001 independent film directed by Ethan Hawke and released by Lions Gate Entertainment. It is based on the play Chelsea Walls by Nicole Burdette. It stars Kris Kristofferson, Uma Thurman, Rosario Dawson, and Robert Sean Leonard among others, with original score by Jeff Tweedy of Wilco. The story takes place in the historic Chelsea Hotel in New York City.


The film tells five stories of a number of artists as they spend a single day in New York's famed bohemian home Chelsea Hotel, struggling with their arts and personal lives.



Chelsea Walls received negative reviews, currently holding a 26% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.[4] Roger Ebert gave the film three stars out of four, claiming: "Movies like this do not grab you by the throat. You have to be receptive. The first time I saw "Chelsea Walls," in a stuffy room late at night at Cannes 2001, I found it slow and pointless. This time, I saw it earlier in the day, fueled by coffee, and I understood that the movie is not about what the characters do, but about what they are. It may be a waste of time to spend your life drinking, fornicating, posing as a genius and living off your friends, but if you've got the money, honey, take off the time."[5]


  1. ^ "CHELSEA WALLS (15)". British Board of Film Classification. 2003-06-24. Retrieved 2012-02-12.
  2. ^ Roger Ebert (June 7, 2002). "Chelsea Walls". Chicago Sun-Times. Retrieved February 10, 2010.
  3. ^ "Chelsea Walls (2002)". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved July 5, 2011.
  4. ^ Chelsea Walls at Rotten Tomatoes
  5. ^ Roger Ebert review of Chelsea Walls,; accessed July 4, 2015.

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