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Year: 2001
USA: Lions Gate Films
Cast: Uma Thurman, Vincent D'Onofrio, Rosario Dawson, Kris Kristofferson, Steve Zahn, Natasha Richardson, Robert Sean Leonard, Mark Webber, Christopher Walken, Paz de la Huerta, Tuesday Weld, Kevin Corrigan, Guillermo Diaz, Greta Gaines, Jimmy Scott, Frank Whaley, Harris Yulin
Director: Ethan Hawke
Country: USA
USA: 109 mins
USA Rated: R for language
USA Release Date: 19 April 2002 (Limited Release - Los Angeles and New York)


The Chelsea Hotel used to be grand, the pace to live for New York City artists, Mark Twain, Thomas Wolfe, Tennessee Williams, Arthur Miller, Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix; they all passed through the hotel's halls. Still, even though the iron facade has become rusty, new dreamers come every day, hoping to be inspired by the ghosts of the past.

Grace (Uma Thurman) and Audrey (Rosario Dawson) are young poets, who constantly struggle with issues of art and love. Never learning from experience, they always seem to let the wrong men into their hearts. Grace should love Frank (Vincent D'Onofrio), an artist who respects and understands her, instead of responding to the lover who went to Hollywood. Similarly Audrey lets impenetrable Val (Mark Webber) back into her life, knowing he will leave again and maybe never return.

Down the hall, Bud (Kris Kristofferson) is a writer who faces more endings than beginnings. he pretends that his wife Greta (Tuesday Weld) and his mistress (Natasha Richardson) are his muses. But his novel is really fueled by an endless supply of alcohol, memories and unfulfilled dreams.

For every worn out writer, there are two new musicians who come to town. Ross (Steve Zahn) and terry (Robert Sean Leonard) have just driven from Minnesota, eager to experience the sights and sounds of the Chelsea Hotel. These are new hotel residents, young and full of expectations, mingle with the old hotel ghosts and guests, ultimately becoming interchangeable. They form a community, linked by their dreams. The Chelsea Hotel never really leaves the people who live there, nor do they ever really leave it.

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