L.A. Story

L.A. Story

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Director: Mick Jackson

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

     
 

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Steve Martin wrote and stars in this look at the promise and dreamtime of Los Angeles culture. Martin stars as Harris K. Telemacher, a light-hearted television weatherman who does wacky comedy in lieu of reports since, being in L.A., he has very little weather to report. He spends his time roller-skating through museums and spending time with California's beautiful… See more details below

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Steve Martin wrote and stars in this look at the promise and dreamtime of Los Angeles culture. Martin stars as Harris K. Telemacher, a light-hearted television weatherman who does wacky comedy in lieu of reports since, being in L.A., he has very little weather to report. He spends his time roller-skating through museums and spending time with California's beautiful people. But Telemacher is fired and discovers that his girlfriend Trudi (Marilu Henner) is having an affair. He walks away from the relationship and re-evaluates his life, getting advice from a friendly electronic highway road sign. The sign suggests that he call SanDeE (Sarah Jessica Parker), a sprightly and attractive Valley Girl he met in a clothing store. With SanDeE he experiences a liberating and carefree spirit. But Telemacher comes to realize that he has actually fallen in love with Sara (Victoria Tennant), a tuba-playing British journalist who is in California to do a feature on Los Angeles lifestyles.

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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:
05/18/2010
UPC:
0012236110118
Original Release:
1991
Rating:
PG13
Source:
Lions Gate
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time:
1:38:00
Sales rank:
12,798

Special Features

"The Story of L.A. Story"; "The L.A. of L.A. Story": An Interactive Map of the Popular Sites Filmed for L.A. Story; Deleted Scenes (including never-before-seen footage of John Lithgow and Scott Bakula); Outtakes; ; Original Theatrical Marketing Materials from 1991; ; Closed Caption

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Steve Martin Harris K. Telemacher
Victoria Tennant Sarah McDowel
Richard E. 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

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- L.A. Story
1. Main Credits [3:18]
2. Gridlock [2:16]
3. More Wacky [2:01]
4. Ready [1:43]
5. Open Season [1:28]
6. Brunch [5:35]
7. Booming Sounds [2:10]
8. Distraction [1:47]
9. Magical [3:01]
10. Who's Daddy? [:49]
11. Sunrise [2:50]
12. Next Door [2:35]
13. Roller Skating [1:00]
14. First 15 Minutes [4:18]
15. Sun, Sun, Sun [2:38]
16. SanDeE [3:11]
17. Tail O' The Pup [4:51]
18. Freeway Sign [2:27]
19. The New Cruelty [3:24]
20. Secret Lives [4:36]
21. L'Idiot [2:10]
22. Kiss Her, You Fool [5:42]
23. Full Service [4:20]
24. Wonderful [1:50]
25. Santa Barbara [3:03]
26. No Secrets [4:24]
27. Serious News [5:14]
28. When Love Ends [1:17]
29. Condition Clear [4:10]
30. End Credits [2:44]

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