Starlight Hotel (1987)





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This imported period drama from New Zealand plays like a Down Under version of Paper Moon (1973). During the Great Depression, Kate (Greer Robson) is a 13-year-old girl living on New Zealand's South Island. When her mother dies and her father is offered a job in Wellington on North Island, Kate is sent to live with an aunt. The girl runs away to find her father, hopping onto a boxcar and befriending a fellow fugitive, Patrick (Peter Phelps), an emotionally battle-scarred WWI veteran fleeing the authorities after injuring a repo man. Pretending to be father and daughter, Patrick and Kate use each other for cover as they make their way across New Zealand, sleeping under the stars (hence the film's title) and championing the rights of destitute farmers and homeless squatters whose fortunes have been wiped out by economic hardship. Starlight Hotel (1987) was the second directorial effort of New Zealand native Sam Pillsbury and his follow-up to the offbeat horror film The Scarecrow (1982). ~ Karl Williams, Rovi
Action & Adventure , Drama
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Peter Phelps
as Patrick Dawson
Greer Robson
as Kate Marshall
Marshall Napier
as Detective Wallace
Mr. Wizard
as Spooner
John Watson
as Mr. Curtis
Craig Stewart
as Farmhand
John Mellor
as Sailor
Bill Walker
as John Repo-man
Norman Forsey
as Farmer
Ian Elliot
as Man in Village Hall
Peter McCauley
as Repo Man
Shirley Kelly
as Mrs. Skip
Peter Brunt
as Constable #1
Timothy Lee
as Bailiff
Michael Brown
as Street Speaker
Yvonne Martin
as Desk Nurse
Desmond Kelly (II)
as Train Gateman
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Critic Reviews for Starlight Hotel

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October 4, 2005

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May 22, 2004
Los Angeles CityBeat

Audience Reviews for Starlight Hotel

A favorite movie from my childhood. I always imagined myself as the main female character. It's a simple movie but I cherish it as one of my all-time favorites.

jenna williams
jenna williams

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