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Cast overview, first billed only:
Christopher Walker ...
Heinrich Schweiger ...
August's father
Martin Suppan ...
Austrian consul
Commercial director
Dorothy Dells ...
Consulate secretary
Yana Nirvana ...
Woman in bar
Paul Anselmo ...


In the Echo Park neighborhood of Los Angeles, everyone is more than they initially seem. May waits tables, raises a son, Henry, and is an aspiring actress. She needs a roommate and takes in a pizza deliverer named Jonathan, an aspiring songwriter. In the adjoining flat is August, an Austrian body sculptor who appears in a deodorant commercial and dreams big dreams. May takes a job delivering singing telegrams as a stripper, Jonathan invites Henry to tag along with him on deliveries, August gets into trouble with the police who call his father in Austria, and the friendships, frustrations, and love affairs of everyday life come to a head. Written by <>

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A sly, seductive comedy. See more »


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Release Date:

25 July 1986 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Amantes y soñadores  »

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$701,892 (USA)

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Final feature film of Timothy Carey. See more »


May's cigarette when she's on the stairs of her house. See more »


Commercial Director: The smoke is supposed to be coming out of the nose holes, not the asshole, it's so simple!
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Written by Bo Harwood and Bobby Pollard
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Scrappy, sloppy, yet very friendly and straightforward...
27 April 2007 | by (las vegas, nv) – See all my reviews

Low-budget item about three would-be stars living together in a section of Los Angeles: Susan Dey is the single mother and acting-hopeful who ends up delivering Strip-o-Grams, Thomas Hulce writes songs and delivers pizzas, and Michael Bowman hopes to be a celebrity bodybuilder. The set-up sounds overly precious--though it certainly doesn't play that way, thanks to sharp, acute writing and savvy directing. Of the ensemble, it's Susan Dey who surprises with a fully-dimensional performance; cynical, wise, exhausted, and yet still clinging to hope, Dey's first assignment (stripping at a small party) is excruciating to watch (for all the right reasons), making her eventual accomplishment at this sordid profession almost joyous to behold. This is one of the few films I've ever seen to visually equate self-confidence with success, and the tangled relationships between the roommates is well-realized, funny, sad, and touching. *** from ****

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