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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 ...
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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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Special Features

Closed Caption; "The Story of L.A. Story"; "The L.A. of L.A. Story": An interactive map of the popular sites filmed in L.A. Story; Deleted scenes (including never-before-seen footage of John Lithgow and Scott Bakula); Outtakes; Original theatrical marketing materials from 1991; 16x9 widescreen; 5.1 Dolby Digital; 2.0 Dolby surround; English and Spanish subtitles; Scene index
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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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/13/2006
  • UPC: 012236187875
  • Original Release: 1991
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  • Source: Lions Gate
  • Region Code: 1
  • Time: 1:38:00
  • Format: DVD

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
Andrew Amador Male News Reporter
Cheryl Baker Changing Room Woman
Scott Bakula
Mary R. Boss Old Woman
Samantha Caulfield Sheila
Chevy Chase Patron in Restaurant
Anne Crawford Sharon
Anna Crawford Sharon
Eddie de Harp Maitre d' at Brunch
Dennis Dragon Crook
Pierre Epstein Chef
Frances Fisher June
Jaime Gomez Tod PA
Gail Grate Female News Reporter
Woody Harrelson
Tommy Hinkley Ted
Iman Cynthia
Scott Johnston Co-Pilot
Mary Kohnert
Robert Lind Chainsaw Juggler
Aaron Lustig Boring Speaker
Wesley Mann Gas Station Attendant
Mindy Marin
Tony Marsico Hard Rock Patron
Julianna McCarthy Woman
Larry Miller Tom
Rick Moranis Gravedigger
Burt Nacke Cameraman
Mary Pederson Airline Ticket Agent
George Plimpton Straight Weatherman
David G. Price Pilot
M.C. Shan Rap Waiter at l'Idiot
Thornton Simmons Man
Richard Stahl Bank Executive
Mark Steen Tod PA
Matt Stetson Spokesmodel Teacher
Patrick Stewart Maitre d'at l'Idiot
Wesley Thompson Jesse
Amy Wallace Tod PA
Tim Winters Floss Waiter at l'Idiot
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 R. 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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Menu

Disc #1 -- L.A. Story
   Play Movie
   Scene Selection
   Set Up
      Audio: English 5.1 Surround
      Audio: English 2.0 Surround
      Subtitles: English
      Subtitles: Spanish
      Subtitles: None
   Special Features
      The Story of L.A. Story
      The L.A. of L.A. Story
         Pool
         Now!
         Burbank Next 4 Exits
         KYOY Tv Station
         Hard Rock
         Gas Station
         Harris's
         Ambassador Hotel
         SanDeE's
         Long Beach Next 3 Exits
      Deleted Scenes and Outtakes
         Play All
         SC. 38: Wacky Weather
         SC. 61: The Boxer, Part 1
         SC. 83: Moral Fiber
         SC. 86: Kazoo Church
         SC. 89: Cemetery Talk
         SC. 109: Freeway Sign, Part 1
         SC. 109-112: When Harris Meets Harry
         SC. 112: John Lighgow Uncut
         SC. 122-125: Harris Goes Commerical
         SC. 131: Harry Zell Skipping
         SC. 151: Harry Zell Drops In
         SC. 165: The Boxer, Part 2
         SC. 195: The Boxer, Part 3
         SC. 199: Harris' Skating Argument
         SC. 203: The Boxer, Part 4
         SC. 204: Freeway Sign, Part 2
         SC. 235-239: Alternate Ending
         SC. 239: Alternate Ending Textless
      1991 E.P.K.
      Trailers and TV Spots
         Teaser Trailer
         Theatrical Trailer
         TV Spots
            Teaser Cutdown
            Only in L.A.
            Cable :60
            Cable Revised
            Life Was Good
            People Are Friendly
            Play All
         DVD Credits
      Also From Lionsgate
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    one of 2 steve martins' don't miss!

    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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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    laugh at life

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    This is a classic Steve Martin Film

    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.

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    Posted October 1, 2010

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