Niagara Motel

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Niagara Motel
Niagara Motel movie.jpg
Directed by Gary Yates
Produced by Phyllis Laing
Michael Prupas
Bernard Zukerman
Written by Dani Romain
George F. Walker
Starring Caroline Dhavernas
Craig Ferguson
Anna Friel
Music by Guy Fletcher
The Lyric Quartet
Cinematography Ian Wilson
Edited by Simon Cozens
Distributed by Mongrel Media (Canada)
Soda Pictures (United Kingdom)
Release date
March 24, 2006 (2006-03-24)
Running time
88 minutes
Country Canada
Language English
Budget $8,000,000

Niagara Motel is a 2006 Canadian drama film directed by Gary Yates. The film earned numerous nominations, including a Genie Award for Best Supporting Actress for Caroline Dhavernas.


Niagara Motel features its namesake and the ongoings amongst the inhabitants of the motel and linked Riverside Grill coffee shop located in Niagara Falls. The characters include the owner and his daughter (Andrei and Fitch), their newly pregnant waitress (Dhavernas) being recruited to star in low budget porn videos, a young couple (Friel and Holden-Reid) with a criminal past struggling to recover their child from social services, and a middle class husband and wife (Keleghan and Crewson) in a marriage that is disintegrating in near-record time - all led by a drunken motel caretaker (Ferguson).



The film was based on George F. Walker's six play series Suburban Motel.


While some scenes were filmed in Niagara Falls, Ontario, most of the film was filmed in and around Winnipeg, Manitoba. The motel scenes were filmed in Steinbach. Additional scenes were filmed in Lockport and Selkirk, where the real Riverside Grill stood until 2012.[1][2]


Rotten Tomatoes gave the film a rating of 37% based on 14 reviews.[3]


  1. ^ "Niagara Motel Production Notes" (PDF). Mongrel Media. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2011-08-08. Retrieved 2013-08-03. 
  2. ^ Amanda Lefley (2012-01-10). "Say Goodbye to Riverside". The Selkirk Journal. Retrieved 2014-11-30. 
  3. ^ Niagara Motel at Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 2009-10-09.

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