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

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

Chevy Chase: Uncredited, as Carlo Christopher at L'Idiot. See more »

Goofs

When Sara plays the tuba over the telephone with her mother, they play in perfect sync. Presumably her mother lives in the UK. Given the distance between the UK and the US West Coast, the time it would take for the signal to travel back and forth would make it very difficult to stay synchronized. Her mother would have to play the keyboard early to account for the signal travel time, so it would appear synced on Sara's end as it does in the movie. But her mother would hear Sara playing with double the delay. Plus, if they both have their phones on speaker, the sound of the instruments would also start to reverb over the call. See more »

Quotes

[Admiring a painting]
Harris: I like the relationships. I mean, each character has his own story. The puppy is a bit too much, but you have to over look things like that in these kinds of paintings. The way he's *holding* her... it's almost... filthy. I mean, he's about to kiss her and she's pulling away. The way the leg's sort of smashed up against her... Phew... Look how he's painted the blouse sort of translucent. You can just make out her breasts underneath and it's sort of touching him about here. ...
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Crazy Credits

SanDeE* (Sarah Jessica Parker) is very peculiar about how her name is spelled. Still, the character is listed as "Sandy" in the credits. 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 The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #20.132 (2012) See more »

Soundtracks

Amazing Grace
Arrangement by Fairbairn
Performed by The Royal Scots Dragoon Guards (as The Pipes and Drums and Military Band of the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards)
Courtesy of RCA Records, A Division of BMG Music
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28 May 2002 | by Daniel KarlssonSee all my reviews

Quite similar to Woody Allen's Manhattan, and not quite as good, but pretty close to it. Steve Martin stands for comedy, and this movie is filled with jokes; some very funny others pretty stupid. What I like the most with this film is the acting of Sarah Jessica Parker; she is SO great. Overall, highly watchable.

7 or 8 out of 10.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 February 1991 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

L.A. Story See more »

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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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