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Bad Times at the El Royale

  • 2018
  • R
  • 140min
  • 75%
  • 7.2 / 10

Bad Times at the Royale takes place in Lake Tahoe in 1969. Several strangers, each with their own secrets to hide, check in at the El Royale hotel where they all meet the only employee of the hotel, concierge Miles Miller. The hotel guests include Dock O’Kelly – an aging robber suffering from dementia pretending to be a priest, Darlene Sweet - a struggling soul singer, Billy Lee – a charismatic cult leader, Emily and Cailee Summerspring – sisters trying to escape Billy Lee’s cult, and Dwight Broadbeck – an undercover FBI agent posing as a vacuum salesman. As the strangers’ lives intertwine on a fateful night, a large sum of money from one of Flynn’s old jobs and a film reel showing the death of a public figure become the central targets of all the guests. A series of violent interactions lead to the deaths of almost all the guests, with only O’Kelly and Sweet surviving.

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The El Royale hotel is based on the Frank Sinatra owned Cal Neva Resort and Casino. After starring as Thor in Avengers: Infinity War, Chris Hemsworth had to quickly lose about 25 pounds of muscle for his role in El Royale. Russell Crowe was originally cast as Dwight Broadbeck but was replaced by Jon Hamm after he dropped out. Matthew McConaughey was considered for the role of Billy Lee, which eventually went to Chris Hemsworth.


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Bad Times at the El Royale is a crime drama written and directed by Drew Goddard. The film has a large ensemble cast including Jeff Bridges, Dakota Johnson, Jon Hamm, Chris Hemsworth, Nick Offerman, and Cynthia Erivo. Released in the United States in October 2018, Bad Times at the El Royale has earned over $17 million at the box office to date. Twentieth Century Fox produced and distributed the film. Cynthia Erivo has been nominated for various best supporting actress awards for her role in the movie.