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L.A. Story
     

L.A. Story

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Director: Mick Jackson, Steve Martin, Victoria Tennant, Richard Grant

Cast: Mick Jackson, Steve Martin, Victoria Tennant, Richard Grant

 

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This DVD isn't as perfect as L.A.'s weather, but what is? It's still acceptable, though the non-anamorphic picture and the Dolby 2.0 soundtrack could be better. No matter -- Steve Martin fanatics still will want to replace their VHS tape with this Artisan DVD. The back-cover copy promises a bit more than is delivered. The "director's commentary" hyped on the DVD box

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This DVD isn't as perfect as L.A.'s weather, but what is? It's still acceptable, though the non-anamorphic picture and the Dolby 2.0 soundtrack could be better. No matter -- Steve Martin fanatics still will want to replace their VHS tape with this Artisan DVD. The back-cover copy promises a bit more than is delivered. The "director's commentary" hyped on the DVD box appears in the form of a short featurette (not a separate audio track) and the Easter eggs (hidden features) don't add much. They're just ultra-short snippets from interviews with the movie's principals, but at least they're easy to find: just arrow-key around the screens until something lights up, then press "Enter." The best extras are the trivia-packed, text-based production notes and information about the movie's many cameos from the likes of Rick Moranis, Woody Harrelson, and Patrick Stewart. Or at least, those seem to be the best extras. Maybe that promised director's commentary is lurking somewhere in an Easter egg.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Karl Williams
It's ironic that comedian, writer, and actor Steve Martin became best known for a brand of goofy, zany, physical humor replete with spoofs of low-I.Q. simpletons. Since the late '80s, he's been busily creating stage two of his career marked by the classy, erudite, intellectual, and satirical where before he was base, broad, and low-brow. The original Martin was a lot of fun with an arrow through his head or dressed like King Tut, but his later work is his best stuff. It includes Roxanne (1987), A Simple Twist of Fate (1994), Bowfinger (2000), his plays and essay collections, and supporting roles in high-class fare such as Grand Canyon (1991), The Spanish Prisoner (1997), and Joe Gould's Secret (2000). This comedy, which skewers the airy, weightless culture of Los Angeles with wicked, fiendish glee, while at the same time joyfully embracing such elements as New Age music and the city's meteorological perfection, is one such example of Martin's "stage two" best. Whether he's skating through the L.A. County Museum of Art or sending up the town's insatiable taste for customized coffee (pre-Starbucks, no less), Martin's perception is keen, his poisoned pen sharp, and his sense of the sublimely ridiculous acute as ever. If a handful of elements in L.A. Story (1991) are dated (freeway shootings, for one example), it's only because his has transformed into a keenly observed, timely comedy. Richly rewarding and enormous fun, it's one of a great artist's best films.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/20/1998
UPC:
0012236047803
Original Release:
1991
Rating:
PG13
Source:
Live / Artisan
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital]
Time:
1:38:00

Special Features

director commentary; featurette; trailer; spanish subtitles; Dolby Surround soundtrack; widescreen

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Steve Martin Harris K. Telemacher
Victoria Tennant Sarah McDowel
Richard Grant Roland Mackey
Marilu Henner Trudi
Sarah Jessica Parker SanDeE
Susan Forristal Ariel
Kevin Pollak Frank Swan
Sam McMurray Morris Frost
Scott Bakula Actor
Chevy Chase Patron in Restaurant
Woody Harrelson Actor
Mary Kohnert Actor
Robert Lind Chainsaw Juggler
M.C. Shan Rap Waiter at l'Idiot
Mindy Marin Actor
Burt Nacke Cameraman
Mary Pederson Airline Ticket Agent
David G. Price Pilot
Patrick Stewart Maitre d'at l'Idiot
Andrew Amador Male News Reporter
Gail Grate Female News Reporter
Eddie de Harp Maitre d' at Brunch
Frances Fisher June
Iman Cynthia
Tommy Hinkley Ted
Larry Miller Tom
Anna Crawford Sharon
Samantha Caulfield Sheila
Thornton Simmons Man
Dennis Dragon Crook
Richard Stahl Bank Executive
Aaron Lustig Boring Speaker
Julianna McCarthy Woman
Tim Winters Floss Waiter at l'Idiot
Pierre Epstein Chef
Wesley Thompson Jesse
George Plimpton Straight Weatherman
Wesley Mann Gas Station Attendant
Mark Steen Tod PA
Jaime Gomez Tod PA
Amy Wallace Tod PA
Cheryl Baker Changing Room Woman
Mary R. Boss Old Woman
Scott Johnston Co-Pilot
Tony Marsico Hard Rock Patron
Matt Stetson Spokesmodel Teacher
Rick Moranis Gravedigger

Technical Credits
Mick Jackson Director
Charles William Breen Art Director
Chris A. Butler Set Decoration/Design
Chris Coles Production Manager
Rudy Dillon Costumes/Costume Designer
Andrew Dunn Cinematographer
Enya Score Composer
Richard A. Harris Editor
Mario Kassar Executive Producer
Mindy Marin Casting
Steve Martin Executive Producer,Screenwriter
Peter Melnick Score Composer
Daniel Melnick Producer
Lawrence Miller Production Designer
Michael Rachmil Producer
Albert M. Shapiro Asst. Director
Jim Webb Sound/Sound Designer

Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Scene Index
1. Main Credits [3:05]
2. Gridlock [2:09]
3. Dignity [1:31]
4. More Wacky [:29]
5. Ready [:51]
6. Signifying Nothing [:52]
7. Open Season [1:28]
8. No Kissing [2:23]
9. Earthquake [2:28]
10. Twist Of Lemon [:44]
11. Accent [:58]
12. Booming Sounds [1:12]
13. Distraction [1:46]
14. Magical [3:02]
15. Who's Daddy? [:49]
16. Sunrise [1:33]
17. 58 Degrees [1:17]
18. Next Door [2:35]
19. Roller-Skating [1:00]
20. First 15 Minutes [4:18]
21. Sun, Sun, Sun [2:38]
22. SanDeE* [3:11]
23. Tail Of The Pup [3:24]
24. Freeway Sign [3:13]
25. L'Idiot [4:06]
26. Secret Lives [3:01]
27. Right Side [1:14]
28. Kiss Her, You Fool [4:28]
29. Full Service [2:56]
30. Wonderful [:48]
31. Santa Barbara [4:20]
32. No Secrets [1:50]
33. Serious News [7:28]
34. When Love Ends [5:14]
35. Condition Clear [:56]
36. End Credits [4:31]

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L.A. Story 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Beware. This film is about Los Angeles. If you don't find LA culture quirky, annoying or interesting you probably won't enjoy this movie, but if you can laugh at stereotypical LA life you will really enjoy this movie. Plenty to laugh about. Some poignant moments. Even though I didn't like the love interest of Steve very much I found myself tearing up at the end. Some classic scenes like the earthquake scene or the road rage scene. Who can forget the coffee orders or the embarassing situation at the hotel in Santa Barbara. Steve Martin plays a hapless comedic weatherman who is getting cheated on by his girlfriend.
Guest More than 1 year ago
You don't have to know much about L.A. to enjoy this film. Steve Martin is superb as a man looking for love and the meaning of life in a land of superficial people and quirky customs. A funny look at life, relationships and of course...L.A.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this film was so funny, and touching and poignant that it truely stands out in mr. martin's career. the spinning sarah j. parker was also a riot as was marilu henner and even the usually irritating victoria tenament. don't miss this diamond in the rough.
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