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L.A. Without a Map (1998)

Unrated | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 28 July 1999 (France)
A British writer pursues a young actress to Hollywood and needs all the help he can get to win her love.

Director:

Mika Kaurismäki

Writers:

Mika Kaurismäki (screenplay), Richard Rayner (novel) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Tony Peers ... Vicar
Steve Huison ... Billy
David Tennant ... Richard
Margo Stanley Margo Stanley ... Mrs. Blenkinsop
Vinessa Shaw ... Barbara
Saskia Reeves ... Joy
Malcolm Tierney ... Joy's Dad
Margi Clarke ... Bradford Woman
Monte Hellman ... Himself
Jean-Pierre Kalfon ... Jean-Mimi
Julie Delpy ... Julie
Kevin West ... Spielberg Man
Lisa Edelstein ... Sandra
Michael Campbell Michael Campbell ... Young Porter
Joe Dallesandro ... Michael
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Storyline

An "aspiring Hollywood actress" (Vinessa Shaw), on a visit to a charming North England town, has a brief fling with the town undertaker (David Tennant), who also writes obituaries for the local paper. Returning home, where she works as a waitress at a Japanese restaurant, she tells everyone about the handsome "writer" she met on her trip. Unfortunately, he decides to follow her back to Hollywood, setting up the expected light romantic comedy with asides as the newcomer gains experience about the goings on in Hollywood. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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English | French

Release Date:

28 July 1999 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Los Angeles Without a Map See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Dolby Digital

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Color

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2.35 : 1
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The most expensive film Mika Kaurismäki has made. See more »

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References A Matter of Life and Death (1946) See more »

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A Lovely and Delightful Cult-Movie
2 November 2004 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

In Bradford, England, the undertaker Richard (David Tennant) meets the American aspirant actress and waiter Barbara (Vinessa Shaw) and they spend some time together. Richard love movies, his great idol is Johnny Depp and he likes to write novels and obituaries. His girlfriend Joy (Saskia Reeves) is the daughter of a wealthy man. Barbara returns to Los Angeles, and Richard decides to look for her, without having her address. He finds her and decides to stay in Los Angeles, becoming friend of Moss (Vincent Gallo) and Julie (Julie Delpy). While working cleaning swimming-pools with Moss, Richard tries to become a writer and has to fight for the love of Barbara against the young and arrogant director Patterson (Cameron Bancroft), who wants only to have sex with her. 'Los Angeles Without a Map' is a lovely and delightful cult-movie, with the participation of many well-known persons. A highly recommended entertainment, having many funny situations. My vote is eight.

Title (Brazil): 'Absolutamente Los Angeles' ('Absolutely Los Angeles')


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