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L.A. Story -- With the help of a talking freeway billboard, a "wacky weatherman" tries to win the heart of an English newspaper reporter, who is struggling to make sense of the strange world of early-90s Los Angeles.
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Writer (WGA):
Steve Martin (written by)
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Release Date:
8 February 1991 (USA) See more »
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With the help of a talking freeway billboard, a "wacky weatherman" tries to win the heart of an English newspaper reporter, who is struggling to make sense of the strange world of early-90s Los Angeles. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Steve Martin ... Harris K. Telemacher

Victoria Tennant ... Sara McDowel

Richard E. Grant ... Roland Mackey

Marilu Henner ... Trudi

Sarah Jessica Parker ... SanDeE*
Susan Forristal ... Ariel

Kevin Pollak ... Frank Swan

Sam McMurray ... Morris Frost

Patrick Stewart ... Mr. Perdue, Maitre D' at L'Idiot

Andrew Amador ... Bob, News Anchor
Gail Grate ... Gail, News Anchor
Eddie De Harp ... Maitre D' at Brunch (as Eddie DeHarp)
M.C. Shan ... Rap Waiter at L'Idiot

Frances Fisher ... June

Iman ... Cynthia

Tommy Hinkley ... Ted

Larry Miller ... Tom
Anne Crawford ... Sharon
Samantha McCoy ... Sheila (as Samantha Caulfield)
Thornton Simmons ... Man
Dennis Dragon ... Crook
Richard Stahl ... Bank Executive
Aaron Lustig ... Boring Speaker
Julianna McCarthy ... Woman (as Juliana McCarthy)

Time Winters ... Floss Waiter at L'Idiot
Pierre Epstein ... Chef

Wesley Thompson ... Jesse

George Plimpton ... Straight Weatherman
David Glyn Price ... Pilot (as David G. Price)

Wesley Mann ... Tony, Gas Station Attendant
Mark Steen ... Tod PA

Jaime Gomez ... Tod PA
Amy Wallace ... Tod PA
Cheryl Baker ... Changing Room Woman
May Boss ... Old Woman (as Mary R. Boss)
Scott Johnston ... Co-Pilot
Robert Lind ... Chainsaw Juggler
Tony Marsico ... Hard Rock Patron
Burt Macke ... Cameraman (as Burt Nacke)
Mary Pedersen ... Airline Ticket Agent
Matt Stetson ... Spokesmodel Teacher
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

John Lithgow ... Harry Zell (scenes deleted)

Brian Banowetz ... Bellman (uncredited)

Sean Michael Beyer ... Parking Valet (uncredited)

Michael E. Burgess ... Waiter (uncredited)

Chevy Chase ... Carlo Christopher (uncredited)
Tina Cote ... Extra (uncredited)
Larry Echerer ... Boy in yard (uncredited)

Woody Harrelson ... Harris' Boss (uncredited)

Terry Jones ... Sara's Mother (voice) (uncredited)

Rick Moranis ... Gravedigger (uncredited)

Robert Picardo ... Voicephone (voice) (uncredited)

Directed by
Mick Jackson 
Writing credits
Steve Martin (written by)

Produced by
Mario Kassar .... executive producer
Steve Martin .... executive producer
Daniel Melnick .... producer
Michael I. Rachmil .... producer (as Michael Rachmil)
Original Music by
Peter Rodgers Melnick  (as Peter Melnick)
Cinematography by
Andrew Dunn (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Richard A. Harris 
Casting by
Mindy Marin 
Production Design by
Lawrence Miller 
Art Direction by
Charles William Breen  (as Charles Breen)
Set Decoration by
Chris Butler 
Costume Design by
Rudy Dillon 
Makeup Department
Frank Griffin .... makeup artist: Mr. Martin
Robert Ostermann .... makeup artist (as Robert Osterman)
Toni-Ann Walker .... hair stylist: Mr. Martin (as Toni Walker)
Joy Zapata .... hair stylist
Production Management
Chris Coles .... unit production manager
Michael R. Sloan .... post-production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Albert Cho .... second assistant director
Albert M. Shapiro .... first assistant director (as Albert Shapiro)
Art Department
Peter Angles .... swing gang
Steve Callas .... construction coordinator
Michael Kohan .... on-set dresser
Randy Martens .... greensman
Diane McKinnon .... assistant: production designer
Dennis Miyamoto .... construction auditor
Roy 'Bucky' Moore .... props
Edward E. O'Connell .... stand-by painter (as Ed O'Connell)
Tony Paolone .... paint foreman (as Francesco Pallone)
Neil David Pontecorvo .... stand-by greensman
Mike Sasgen .... carpenter
Michael Schmidt .... leadman (as Mike Schmidt)
Philip Steuer .... property master
Douglas M. Vaughn .... set dresser (as Douglas Vaughn)
Dean Welch .... second leadman
Mike Wells .... construction foreman
Gregory Zemgals .... swing gang (as Greg Zemgals)
Michael Anthony Jackson .... storyboard artist (uncredited)
Daniel R. Jennings .... set designer (uncredited)
Sound Department
Mary Andrews .... adr editor
Kevin Barlia .... assistant sound editor
Robert Batha .... assistant sound editor
Lon Bender .... supervising sound editor
Neal Burger .... sound editor (as Neal Berger)
Stuart Copely .... sound editor (as Stuart Copley)
Kevin Hearst .... sound editor (as Raoul)
Larry Kemp .... supervising adr editor
Richard King .... sound editor
Lou Kleinman .... sound editor
Steve Mann .... sound editor
Harrison D. Marsh .... cable puller (as Harrison Duke Marsh)
Glenn T. Morgan .... sound editor
Andy Napell .... sound re-recording mixer (as Andrew Napell)
Richard Portman .... sound re-recording mixer
Steve F.B. Smith .... stereo sound consultant: Dolby
Gina Spiro .... assistant sound editor
James S. Stewart .... sound recordist
Mark P. Stoeckinger .... supervising sound editor (as Mark Stoeckinger)
Douglas Vaughan .... boom operator
James E. Webb .... production sound mixer (as Jim Webb)
Asher Yates .... sound editor
David W. Alstadter .... foley mixer (uncredited)
Dino Dimuro .... sound effects editor (uncredited)
James Moriana .... foley artist (uncredited)
Lionel Strutt .... adr mixer (uncredited)
Jeffrey Wilhoit .... foley artist (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Alan E. Lorimer .... special effects coordinator
Lambert Powell .... special effects
Visual Effects by
Chuck Comisky .... optical effects coordinator
Christopher Nibley .... visual effects director of photography (uncredited)
Luc G. Nicknair .... first assistant camera/Vistavision first assistant camera (uncredited)
Joe Dunne .... stunt coordinator
Gene Hartline .... stunts
Jeff Ramsey .... stunts
Brian J. Williams .... stunt performer
Bob Herron .... stunts (uncredited)
Courtney Pakiz .... stunt diver (uncredited)
George Marshall Ruge .... stunts (uncredited)
Cris Thomas-Palomino .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Adam Alphin .... camera loader
Ed Ayer .... gaffer (as Edward A. Ayer)
Jack Bauer .... best boy grip
Michael W. Blymyer .... electrician (as Mike Blymer)
Jesse Chavez .... grip
James B. Crawford .... electrician (as James Crawford)
Edward Gold .... camera operator (as Ed Gold)
Jason Hicks .... grip
Joe Hicks .... dolly grip
Gary J. Jensen .... grip (as Gary Jensen)
Gene Kearney .... key grip
Ted J. Kredo .... best boy electric
Warren Kroeger .... electrician
Ron Peebles .... grip (as Ron Peeples)
Jeff Phelps .... electrician
Marcia Reed .... still photographer
Lane Russell .... second assistant camera (as Lane Russel)
Patricia Van Over .... first assistant camera (as Patty Vanover)
Charles W. Wayt .... grip (as Charles Wayt)
Tim Dunford .... second assistant camera (uncredited)
Thomas Enright .... electrician (uncredited)
Peter Jensen .... Steadicam operator (uncredited)
Michael Kelem .... aerial camera operator (uncredited)
Michael Shanman .... lighting board operator (uncredited)
Monte Swann .... 24-frame playback operator (uncredited)
Casting Department
Amy Wallace .... casting assistant
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Rosemarie Fall .... costumer: women
Beverly Kline .... assistant: costume designer (as Beverly Klein)
Nick Scarano .... costumer: men
Dennis Schoonderwoerd .... costumer: Mr. Martin
Liza Stewart .... costumer
Barbara Marko Friedman .... costumer (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Noori Dehnahi .... post-production coordinator
Bob Kaiser .... color timer
Jane Kass .... first assistant editor
Michael Rafferty .... apprentice editor
Location Management
Jerry Ariganello .... location manager
Liz Matthews .... assistant location manager (as Elizabeth Matthews)
Ron McGee .... location assistant
Music Department
Kathleen Bennett .... supervising music editor
Steven Bernstein .... orchestrator
Tom Boyd .... oboe soloist
Oscar Castro-Neves .... orchestrator
Sandy DeCrescent .... music contractor
George Doering .... musician
M.B. Gordy .... musician: Percussion
Janice Hayen .... music copyist
Celest Ray .... music clearance
Michael Stone .... scoring mixer
James Thatcher .... musician: french horn
Nicky Ryan .... music producer (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Don Arnold .... transportation captain (as Don Arnold Sr.)
Tim Hill .... transportation coordinator
Other crew
Frans J. Afman .... financial services
Pamela Alch .... script supervisor
Cydney Bernard .... production coordinator
Steven Buhai .... production assistant (as Steve Buhai)
Steve Cowie .... production assistant
Dennis Davidson .... International publicity
Sally Jean Esposito .... assistant publicist
Christopher Farley .... production assistant (as Chris Farley)
Christina Fong .... production assistant
Gina Fortunato .... assistant production coordinator
Keith Friedman .... production assistant
David Fromm .... sign programmer
Jonathan Gordon .... production assistant
Tom Gray .... unit publicist
Rich Harris .... craft service
Jane Harrison .... assistant auditor
Nancy Hobson .... assistant: Mr. Melnick
Dick Jennings .... coordinator: American Airlines
Mario Kassar .... presenter
Mike Kennard .... sign technician
Diana Lui .... production assistant
Debbie Merrill .... roller skating instructor: Mr. Martin
Kathryn Mindala .... production auditor (as Katherine Mindala)
Boone Narr .... animal trainer
Anthony L. Paquet .... first aid
Shirley Randles .... craft service
Anne Trop .... assistant: Mr. Jackson (as Anne L. Trop)
Ilene Waterstone .... assistant: Mr. Martin
Elizabeth Wilemon .... assistant: Mr. Rachmil
Ray Zimmerman .... production accountant (as Raymond G. Zimmerman)
Michael Barnes .... legal attorney (uncredited)

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Additional Details

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95 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Australia:M | Canada:14 (Nova Scotia) | Finland:S | Germany:6 | Iceland:L | Netherlands:AL | Portugal:M/12 | South Korea:15 (theatrical rating) (1991) | South Korea:18 (video rating) (1991) | Spain:T | Sweden:7 | UK:15 | USA:PG-13

Did You Know?

EASTER EGG: On the DVD, click left on the main menu. When the taillights of the car light up, hit ENTER. A short interview with the director is shown about his opinions of the movie. Also, on the Special Features menu, press left to have the traffic sign light up (says "KISS HER") and you see a similar interview with Steve Martin.See more »
Revealing mistakes: As Harris is driving south on the 110 freeway after the "Open Season on the L.A. Freeway scene", you see absolutely no traffic on the northbound side, even though it is mid-day.See more »
Gail, News Anchor:And what a surprise this weekend when the weather turned unseasonably low. Here's Harris Telemacher, our "wacky weatherman" with a report.
Harris:And when the weather dropped down to 58 degrees this weekend, how did you cope?
Man:I went to make sure all the windows were shut.
Harris:And, what about your pets? Were they outside? What happened?
Man:Well, the cats were out till around ten. But it got a little too cold for them and they came in.
Harris:The cats were out till around ten. But it got a little too cold for them and they came in! Well, that's how L.A. coped with that surprise low of 58 degrees that turned the weekend into a real weenie shrinker!
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Night on Earth (1991)See more »
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15 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
An amazing satirical snapshot!, 13 November 2003
Author: farflungfloyd from India

LA Story is arguably one of the smartest comedies of the early nineties. It never once stops to fall into the sacharine depths that romantic comedies are plagued with, nimbly skipping over them by never leaving the skewed world that it has created. Apart from being a sharp jab at life in LA, it still has a story with heart, and manages to get you interested and involved in all the important characters. And really, nothing tops a talking electronic road sign.

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