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Welcome to L.A. (1976)

The lives and romantic entanglements of a group of young adults who have achieved "overnight" success in Los Angeles.

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Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. See more awards »
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Carroll Barber
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Ann Goode
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Karen Hood
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Ken Hood
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Nona Bruce
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Susan Moore
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Linda Murray
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Carl Barber
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Jack Goode
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David Howard
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Faye
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Russell Linden (as Mike E. Kaplan)
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Jeannette Ross
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This mosaic comedy-drama tells the story of a La Ronde-like circle of romantic adventures and failed affairs centered around a songwriter named Carroll Barber and his father Carl Barber. There is a trail of Carroll's past relationship spread throughout the city of Los Angeles. Barber is an aloof womanizer who cannot commit to any relationship, and is used to illustrate the loneliness of Los Angeles big-city life. Among the women in his life are Ann Goode, a lonely real estate agent, Karen Hood, a Valley housewife addicted to taxi rides, Linda Murray, a woman prone to vacuuming in the nude and Nona Bruce, the snapshot-taking mistress of a wealthy man. Written by thustlebird

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City of the One Night Stands.

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Drama | Music | Romance

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R | See all certifications »

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28 April 1978 (West Germany)  »

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Welcome to Los Angeles  »

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Trivia

John Wayne was originally going to play the part of Carl Barber. However, due to budget overruns and delays, Wayne had to be replaced by Denver Pyle. See more »

Crazy Credits

In the opening credits, the actors are credited with an accompanying still picture and their character name. See more »

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Soundtracks

Interlude - The Best Temptation Of All
Written by Richard Baskin
Performed by Keith Carradine
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Rudolph's best movie

You can't help but compare it to the other big L.A. Statement Movies--Altman's SHORT CUTS, and P.T. Anderson's MAGNOLIA. I like Rudolph's way better than either of those: it's gentler, humbler, more observant, truer. Limiting himself to a dozen or so L.A. habitues, Rudolph starts with one funny, correct move: no movie people. The dances of disconnection, attempted connection, failed connection, and--stunning!--connection accomplished are as tender and as finely, thinly observed as Rudolph has ever pulled off. So many beautiful moments here: the best comes when Keith Carradine, as a dupe of his sleepy-stud character from NASHVILLE, breaks up a romance to go on a healing mission with a half-crazy housewife (Geraldine Chaplin). When his philandering with her rescues her marriage during a tense phone call in his apartment, Carradine's face spreads with gladness and relief. The rightness and the unexpectedness of the moment is fantastic. Even more than the goofy, enjoyably romantic CHOOSE ME, this is the one where Rudolph got it all right. And no other movie captures L.A.'s peculiar loneliness like this one: he doesn't hype anything or play to the tourist mentality--something that could not always be said for his mentor, and the movie's producer, Robert Altman.


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