Welcome to L.A. (1976)

R  |   |  Drama, Music, Romance  |  28 April 1978 (West Germany)
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.1/10 from 641 users  
Reviews: 25 user | 5 critic

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



0Check in
Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Choose Me (1984)
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Several lost-soul night-owls, including a nightclub owner, a talkback radio relationships counseller, and an itinerant stranger have encounters that expose their contradictions and ... See full summary »

Director: Alan Rudolph
Stars: Geneviève Bujold, Keith Carradine, Lesley Ann Warren
The Hit (1984)
Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Two hit men pick up ex-gangster Willie to escort him back to Paris to face his betrayed colleagues. The road trip suffers from complications.

Director: Stephen Frears
Stars: Freddie Stuart, Ralph Brown, A.J. Clarke
Cat People (1982)
Drama | Fantasy | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

A young woman's sexual awakening brings horror when she discovers her urges transform her into a monstrous black leopard.

Director: Paul Schrader
Stars: Nastassja Kinski, Malcolm McDowell, John Heard
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  

An attractive young hitchhiker named Ginger meets and and takes up with a lonely, middle-aged advertising executive who is recently divorced. He is inspired by her free-spirited ... See full summary »

Director: Gordon Wiles
Stars: Monte Markham, Susan Oliver, Mark Miller
The Swimmer (1968)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

Neddy Merrill has been away for most of the Summer. He reappears at a friends pool. As they talk, someone notices that there are pools spanning the entire valley. He decided to jog from ... See full summary »

Directors: Frank Perry, Sydney Pollack
Stars: Burt Lancaster, Janet Landgard, Janice Rule
3 Women (1977)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

Pinky is an awkward adolescent who starts work at a spa in the California desert. She becomes overly attached to fellow spa attendant, Millie when she becomes Millie's room-mate. Millie is ... See full summary »

Director: Robert Altman
Stars: Shelley Duvall, Sissy Spacek, Janice Rule
Drama | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Record executives want a highly-regarded record producer to focus on a white pop act whom they feel has the sound America wants. To keep his creative integrity, Buckmaster carefully begins to fight the system that has made him the respected producer he has become.

Director: Sig Shore
Stars: Harvey Keitel, Ed Nelson, Cynthia Bostick
The Moderns (1988)
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Nick Hart is a struggling American artist who lives amongst the expatriate community in 1920s Paris. He spends most of his time drinking and socializing in local cafés and pestering gallery... See full summary »

Director: Alan Rudolph
Stars: Keith Carradine, Linda Fiorentino, Wallace Shawn
Heart Beat (1980)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

The life and friendship between the icons of the Beat Generation - Neal Cassady, Carloyn Cassady and Jack Kerouac.

Director: John Byrum
Stars: Nick Nolte, Sissy Spacek, John Heard
Drama | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A mysterious blonde woman kills one of a psychiatrist's patients, and then goes after the high-class call girl who witnessed the murder.

Director: Brian De Palma
Stars: Michael Caine, Angie Dickinson, Nancy Allen
Love at Large (1990)
Comedy | Romance | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

A down and out private detective (Berenger) is asked by a beautiful woman (Archer) to follow her lover (Young) because she thinks he may be planning to kill her. Due to her poor description... See full summary »

Director: Alan Rudolph
Stars: Tom Berenger, Elizabeth Perkins, Anne Archer
Premonition (1972)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.9/10 X  

Red flowers cause three college students to have deadly premonitions.

Director: Alan Rudolph
Stars: Carl Crow, Tim Ray, Winfrey Hester Hill


Complete credited cast:
Carroll Barber
Ann Goode
Karen Hood
Ken Hood
Nona Bruce
Susan Moore
Linda Murray
Carl Barber
Jack Goode
Richard Baskin ...
Eric Wood
David Howard
Mike Kaplan ...
Russell Linden (as Mike E. Kaplan)
Jeannette Ross


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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


City of the One Night Stands.


Drama | Music | Romance


R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:





Release Date:

28 April 1978 (West Germany)  »

Also Known As:

Benvindo a L.A.  »

Filming Locations:

Company Credits

Production Co:

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:


Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


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 »


References Camille (1936) See more »


When The Arrow Flies
Written and performed by Richard Baskin
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Many characters interacting - and Keith interacting with everyone!
6 August 2006 | by (Tulsa OK) – See all my reviews

This film has a users' rating of precisely the mean average between the lowest of "1" and the highest of "10" -- "5.5." Put me at the very top. Charting the interaction among the sizable cast of characters would look like one of those illustrations of the structure of a molecule or chemical compound. Everybody interacts with multiple others, often in different relationships, and occasionally with the knowledge of, say, the other's spouse or significant other, usually not. Keith Caradine's character certainly knows well his father, and his father's prime business right-hand man, played by Harvey Keitel - but neither of these is aware of his romantic interaction with Dad's girl friend or Harvey's wife. Keith has a lot on his hands in this film, between all of the women interested in him, and his music. Sissy Spacek cleans for him (topless yet, and is one of the few females with whom he is platonic); Sally Kellerman is interested in Keith, and Sally's husband is interested in Sissy (oh, and Harvey is interested in Sally)... and on, and on. Thoroughly fascinating film, with Altman's fingerprints all over it, and (in my opinion, to the contrary of some others) great music. An interesting romp, and the Carradine character is so strange, he completes the full circle away from "normal" so that he almost gets back there, and becomes someone with whom you can empathize.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
ok, and the eventual DVD? vandergraaf
Soundtrack CD? Robmsteen-1
Camera equipment Lauren Hutton blaine3-2
Discuss Welcome to L.A. (1976) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: