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Bad Times at the El Royale (2018)

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Early 1970s. Four strangers check in at the El Royale Hotel. The hotel is deserted, staffed by a single desk clerk. Some of the new guests' reasons for being there are less than innocent and some are not who they appear to be.


Drew Goddard


Drew Goddard
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jeff Bridges ... Father Daniel Flynn / Dock O'Kelly
Cynthia Erivo ... Darlene Sweet
Dakota Johnson ... Emily Summerspring
Jon Hamm ... Laramie Seymour Sullivan
Chris Hemsworth ... Billy Lee
Cailee Spaeny ... Rose Summerspring
Lewis Pullman ... Miles Miller
Nick Offerman ... Felix O'Kelly
Xavier Dolan ... Buddy Sunday
Shea Whigham ... Dr. Woodbury Laurence
Mark O'Brien ... Larsen Rogers
Charles Halford ... Sammy Wilds
Jim O'Heir ... Milton Wyrick
Gerry Nairn Gerry Nairn ... Reporter Paul Kraemer
Alvina August ... Vesta Shears


Six strangers, (Jeff Bridges, Cynthia Erivo, Dakota Johnson, Jon Hamm, Cailee Spaeny and Lewis Pullman) each with their own secrets, meet at the El Royale hotel of Lake Tahoe. Taking place over one night, alliances are made and secrets are revealed.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Seven strangers. Seven secrets. All roads lead here.

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong violence, language, some drug content and brief nudity | See all certifications »

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Did You Know?


Matthew McConaughey was considered for the role of Billy Lee. See more »


Laramie is shown going down a flight of stairs from the staff hall off reception to get to the camera gallery. But everything is at ground level, based on Laramie's view of reception & Emily's car as she arrives; and Darlene's view past that car to Emily's mirror. See more »


Miles Miller: I can't do it. I can't kill no more people.
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Crazy Credits

Darlene is shown singing in the background over the first half of the closing credits. Aside from this, there are no mid-credits/post-credits scenes. See more »


Try a Little Tenderness
Written by Jimmy Campbell, Reginald Connelly (as Reg Connelly) and Harry M. Woods
Performed by Cynthia Erivo
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User Reviews

You will love it or hate it, most likely.
29 February 2020 | by zhammons-21058See all my reviews

Just watched this for the first time after stumbling across it on demand. Figured I would give it a chance, since I loved Cabin in the Woods and Jeff Bridges is one of my favorite actors. I'm no film major or snooty critic, just a guy that enjoys movies. It is definitely a film that pays homage to QT, Coen Bros, etc, but I don't think it is trying to be one of their films as others have said. I'm impressed when a director can pull off an interesting story that takes place in a small setting, such as Hateful Eight, Cloverfield Lane, Devil, Insomnia etc. At nearly 2.5 hours, I didn't feel like the movie was too long, and there were several twists to keep it interesting. I believe all good artists are influenced by their predecessors, but they also put their own spin on it. I think if you are a fan of the above directors, you will enjoy the movie. Just don't try and hold it to QT standards.

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Release Date:

12 October 2018 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office


$32,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,132,647, 14 October 2018

Gross USA:


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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Atmos



Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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