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Writer (WGA):
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Release Date:
8 February 1991 (USA) See more »
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Nostalgic and very witty tale. A bit uneven but will serve well in the memory. See more (97 total) »


  (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)
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
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
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
Jerry Ariganello .... location manager
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
Liz Matthews .... assistant location manager (as Elizabeth Matthews)
Ron McGee .... location 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

Also Known As:
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?

There are numerous references to William Shakespeare: the gravedigger scene is from Hamlet, Telemacher quotes Shakespeare twice, and the storyline contains elements from A Midsummer Night's Dream (with the two confused couples exchanging lovers) and The Tempest (with a magic storm stranding the lovers, the gods (in the form of stone lions) blessing the couple, and a character named Ariel).See more »
Continuity: As Sarah tells Harris of her weekend plans with her ex-husband, her hands change position on the car door between shots.See more »
Harris:Well, maybe you think it's intellectual because you were raised with a banana and an inner tube... This is an intellectual-free zone.See more »
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25 out of 26 people found the following review useful.
Nostalgic and very witty tale. A bit uneven but will serve well in the memory., 14 February 2003
Author: silverzero from Dungarvan, Ireland

LA Story is a funny and very inventive comedy drama, even though the real love affair is with LA itself. When looking at the storyline, it does look a bit odd, (man receiving love advice from a freeway sign?) but this helps give it a more surreal and somewhat magical edge.

The acting is very good all across the board, even from a non-man-eating Sarah Jessica Parker. It has a lot of quotable dialogue, (she's not young she'll be 27 in 4 years) and some passable cameos from Rick Moranis, Patrick Stewart and Chevy Chase.

Perhaps some scenes get a bit too sentimental and make the film seem a bit uneven. But I think this helps improve the shape of its overall atmosphere, and make it heart-warming and not just a bit of gas.

LA Story is an underrated classic. It's consistently enjoyable, nicely acted and highly memorable. 7.5 out of 10.

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