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L.A. Story

Theatrical poster
Directed by Mick Jackson
Produced by Daniel Melnick
Written by Steve Martin
Starring Steve Martin
Victoria Tennant
Richard E. Grant
Marilu Henner
Sarah Jessica Parker
Music by Peter Melnick
Cinematography Andrew Dunn
Editing by Richard A. Harris
Greg Le Duc
Studio Carolco Pictures
Distributed by TriStar Pictures
Release date(s) February 8, 1991
Running time 95 minutes
Country USA
Language English

L.A. Story is a 1991 American romantic comedy film directed by Mick Jackson and written by Steve Martin, who also stars in the film. Set in Los Angeles, California, it tells the story of Harris K. Telemacher (Martin), an L.A. weatherman who falls in and out of love with the aid of a talking freeway sign which arguably speaks for the city itself. Over the years since its initial release, L. A. Story has acquired a strong underground and cult following. The movie is both a romantic comedy and a satire and celebration of life and L.A. culture. Three songs by Enya, "On Your Shore" and "Exile" (from Watermark) and "Epona" (from Enya), can be heard in this motion picture.



Steve Martin plays Harris K. Telemacher, a news meteorologist living in Los Angeles. He is in a meaningless relationship with his girlfiend Trudi, played by Marilu Henner, and wants to find some meaning and magic in his life. At a luncheon with a group of friends, he meets Sara, a journalist from London played by Victoria Tennant with whom he immediately becomes infatuated. Driving home that night, his car breaks down on the freeway and he pulls over into the shoulder, only to realize that a freeway traffic condition sign is displaying messages intended solely for him. The sign offers Harris cryptic advice on his love life throughout the movie. While he begins to fall for Sara, she feels she has a commitment to her ex-husband, Roland, played by Richard E. Grant, with whom she has tentatively pledged to reconcile. Afraid a relationship with Sara is impossible, Harris decides to go out with the ditzy blonde SanDeE*, a wannabe spokesmodel, played by Sarah Jessica Parker, whom he met at a clothing store. After the date with SanDeE*, Harris learns that Trudi has been cheating on him for three years with his agent; the revelation sets him free. He decides to pursue his love interest in Sara, but this is still complicated by his relationship with SanDeE* and by Sara's obligation to Roland. In the end he succeeds, with more help from the freeway sign.


There are also uncredited appearances from Chevy Chase, Woody Harrelson, Paula Abdul, Martin Lawrence, Rick Moranis and Terry Jones. In addition, John Lithgow and Scott Bakula filmed scenes - respectively as a movie agent and Harris's neighbour - but didn't appear in the final cut (although references to Lithgow's character remain in the freeway shootout and the 'California Cuisine' lunch scenes).


It has a 94% rating of top critics on Rotten Tomatoes. L.A. Story was voted as the 20th best film set in Los Angeles in the last 25 years by a group of Los Angeles Times writers and editors with two criteria: "The movie had to communicate some inherent truth about the L.A. experience, and only one film per director was allowed on the list".[1]


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L.A. Story is a 1991 romantic comedy film directed by Mick Jackson and written by Steve Martin.


Harris K. Telemacher

  • How come we don't always recognize the moment love begins, but we always know the moment it ends?
  • Forget for this moment the smog and the cars and the restaurant and the skating and remember only this. A kiss may not be the truth, but it is what we wish were true.

Sara McDowel

  • I keep thinking I'm a grown up, but I'm not.


Maitre D: You think with a financial statement like this you can have the duck?
Repeated line: Let your mind go and your body will follow.


Sara: And if I were to go?
Harris: All I know is, on the day your plane was to leave, if I had the power, I would turn the winds around, I would roll in the fog, I would bring in storms, I would change the polarity of the earth so compasses couldn't work, so your plane couldn't take off.

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