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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.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Harris K. Telemacher
... Sara McDowel
... Roland Mackey
... Trudi
... SanDeE*
Susan Forristal ... Ariel
... Frank Swan
... Morris Frost
... Mr. Perdue, Maitre D' at L'Idiot
... 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
... June
... 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 cliche 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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8 February 1991 (USA)  »

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Los Angeles Story  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,616,915, 10 February 1991, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$28,862,081
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Fourth and final cinema movie collaboration of Rick Moranis and Steve Martin. See more »

Goofs

In the credits Sarah Jessica Parker's character is listed as "Sandy" and not "SanDeE". See more »

Quotes

[Harris' girlfriend slept with his agent]
Harris: And I thought they were only supposed to take 10 percent.
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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 »

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Referenced in All That I Need (2005) See more »

Soundtracks

Smoke Rings
Written by Ned Washington and H. Eugene Gifford
Performed by Stéphane Grappelli and Django Reinhardt
Courtesy of Vogue Records
By Arrangement with GNP Crescendo Records
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24 October 2003 | by See all my reviews

I've read that this movie was Steve Martin's homage to a city he loves. Certainly, it feels like that. The whole movie has been crafted with the utmost care and delight - a feeling that is conveyed so well to the viewer.

I've watched this film many many times and as yet have been utterly unable to find a single mistake, wrongly placed moment, person or prop anywhere. What I have found is a sense of deeply placed pleasure at watching the unfolding of an old story told beautifully and never strained by being told in the 20th Century.


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