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Echo Park (1986)

 -  Comedy | Drama  -  25 July 1986 (USA)
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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... See full summary »

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May
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Jonathan
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August
Christopher Walker ...
Henry
Shirley Jo Finney ...
Gloria
Heinrich Schweiger ...
August's father
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Syd
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Hugo
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Sheri
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Vinnie
Martin Suppan ...
Austrian consul
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Commercial director
Dorothy Dells ...
Consulate secretary
Yana Nirvana ...
Woman in bar
Paul Anselmo ...
Policeman
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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 <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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A sly, seductive comedy. See more »

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25 July 1986 (USA)  »

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$701,892 (USA)
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August has an Elvira poster on his wall. Elvira is played by Cassandra Peterson, who also appears in the film. See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

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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Tomorrow's Gonna Be a Better Day
Written by Mark Walton and Tom Boles
Performed by Johnette
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daydreams on the Hollywood fringe
15 November 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The title takes its name from that run-down, Bohemian quarter of Los Angeles, where (among other inhabitants) a pizza delivery boy dreams of publishing poetry, a single mother works nightly as a strip-o-gram dancer while awaiting her big career break as an actress, and a naive bodybuilder lands a role in a cheap deodorant commercial, setting his alarm for 3:00 a.m. to see his (small) screen debut. It's a neighborhood of considerable charm and eccentricity, but too bad the same can't always be said of the film, which has its moments but (in retrospect) all too often resembles an offbeat, low-rent plagiarism of Neil Simon. Michael Ventura's script is curiously transparent from a writer (in the LA Weekly, at the time) of opaque film criticism; the only way his scenario could be more obvious would have been to make the Tom Hulce character an aspiring screenwriter instead of just a closet poet.


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