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Echo Park (1985)

R | | Comedy, Drama | 25 July 1986 (USA)
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 »

Director:

Robert Dornhelm

Writer:

Michael Ventura
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Susan Dey ... May
Tom Hulce ... Jonathan
Michael Bowen ... August
Christopher Walker Christopher Walker ... Henry
Shirley Jo Finney ... Gloria
Heinrich Schweiger Heinrich Schweiger ... August's father
Cheech Marin ... Syd
John Paragon ... Hugo
Cassandra Peterson ... Sheri
Timothy Carey ... Vinnie
Martin Suppan Martin Suppan ... Austrian consul
Robert R. Shafer ... Commercial director
Dorothy Dells Dorothy Dells ... Consulate Secretary
Yana Nirvana ... Woman in bar
Paul Anselmo Paul Anselmo ... Policeman
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Storyline

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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Comedy | Drama

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Country:

USA | Austria

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 July 1986 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Amantes y soñadores See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$701,892
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Sascha-Verleih See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The first film made by Tom Hulce to be set in the present rather than in the past. 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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Alternate Versions

Recent DVD release has a longer ending than previous video versions: after the father of August says with a slap "What are YOU doing in America?" there is an additional scene with all three of the main characters in the mountains together. It is unknown if that scene is a new scene added for the DVD release or if it was originally in the theatrical print but cut from the previous video versions. See more »

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Strip-o-Gram
Written by Bo Harwood and Bobby Pollard
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A Pizza and A Dream ...
11 February 1999 | by jbdeanSee all my reviews

"We're all just delivering pizza ... " [Jonathan]*

Everyone has dreams ... but reality makes us have to live the 'normal life' while waiting for our dreams to come true. That's the way it is in Echo Park, California for three mismatched people that come together and form a bond of friendship that none of them ever expected!

A Pizza Man who's really a song writer. A Waitress that's really an actress. A Body Builder that's really the next Arnold Schwarzenegger.

In Echo Park ... dreams can come true!

===========> *TOM HULCE as Jonathan ... shows the tenderness of this endearing character. And we also get to hear some of his beautiful voice as he sings, pieces, of the song he's working on! (A definite added bonus.)


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