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L.A. Story (1991)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy | 8 February 1991 (USA)
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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 1990s Los Angeles.

Director:

Mick Jackson

Writer:

Steve Martin
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Steve Martin ... Harris K. Telemacher
Victoria Tennant ... Sara McDowel
Richard E. Grant ... Roland Mackey
Marilu Henner ... Trudi
Sarah Jessica Parker ... SanDeE*
Susan Forristal 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 Grate ... Gail, News Anchor
Eddie De Harp Eddie De Harp ... Maitre D' at Brunch (as Eddie DeHarp)
M.C. Shan M.C. Shan ... Rap Waiter at L'Idiot
Frances Fisher ... June
Iman ... Cynthia
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Storyline

Harris K. Telemacher is a "wacky weekend weatherman" for a local Los Angeles television station, who is searching for meaning in his otherwise cliché ridden Los Angeles life. With the help of an insightful and talkative Freeway sign, Harris embarks on a journey through Los Angeles in pursuit of Sarah, an English reporter who has been sent to the City of Angels to research an article for the London Times. Written by TheMovieHippo

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Something funny is happening in L.A.


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PG-13 | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Steve Martin spent 7 years finetuning the screenplay. See more »

Goofs

The close up of the airliner's throttle levers towards the end of the movie shows that there are four throttle levers, one for each of the four engines. The next shot is of a taxiing DC-10 which only has three engines and would only have three throttle levers. See more »

Quotes

SanDeE*: [on the beach] Is it OK to spin here?
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Crazy Credits

Just before the credits begin, the freeway sign flashes the message, "WHAT I REALLY WANT TO DO IS DIRECT" See more »

Alternate Versions

A deleted scene featuring John Lithgow was reinstated in the cable-tv version of the film. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Night on Earth (1991) See more »

Soundtracks

La Mer
Music by Charles Trenet
Lyrics by Charles Trenet
Performed by Django Reinhardt and Stéphane Grappelli
Courtesy of RCA Records, A Division of BMG Music
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an oddly charming story
17 May 2004 | by nwilczynSee all my reviews

Outwardly, it's a ridiculous plot line. Steve Martin as the sensitive, wacky weatherman... falling in love with a British woman and somehow accidentally getting involved with the Sex in the City girl along the way. The reality of it is, though, there are so many charming details in the movie... vivid images and pictures painted in various scenes alluding to the childlike innocence of falling in love, the magic of letting yourself go and following the advice of an electric traffic sign... this movie become more enjoyable as you watch it more and shouldn't that be how a movie should be? Shouldn't it get more enjoyable instead of LESS enjoyable like most movies made today, that start with a shock and go downhill? Steve Martin shines throughout this movie and you share his gleeful moments... for example after he's tickled to find that his wife is having an affair with his agent and he converts his make-believe-shock into a dance as he approaches his then-a-symbol-of-affluence LeBaron in the street... when he tosses his hat to himself after he sets up another way to see the woman he is falling for... Simultaneously, though, you share his confusion as to how to handle the relationship with the over-energetic, giddy 23 year old he's accidentally fallen into bed with along the way. This is a complex movie that presents itself so innocently, you can't help but enjoy it. And, as a tribute to the brilliance of "The Man With Two Brains," he even manages to insert a portion of the (now legendary) "Pointy Birds" poem. In all, this is a worthwhile experience if you're willing to watch it all the way through. This is a movie for Steve Martin fans, because his unique, sensitive, accessible brand of humor and (more importantly) of life is apparent throughout.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 February 1991 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,616,915, 10 February 1991

Gross USA:

$28,862,081

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$28,862,081
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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