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Echo Park

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"I love that everyone is really an actress, is really a singer," confesses the ever hopeful Susan Dey, a bartender turned singing strip-o-gram still waiting for her big break. So, apparently, does director Robert Dornhelm, an Austrian who brings a fresh eye and an easygoing sympathy to a familiar story. Dey's new roommate, pizza delivery guy/budding songwriter Tom Hulce, is hopelessly in love with her while she falls madly into bed with her delightfully deluded duplex neighbor Michael Bowen, an Austrian bodybuilder ("body sculptor," he's quick to correct) waiting to become the next Schwarzenegger. The modesty of this 1986 American indie is infectious: they may never get their break, but the little family they make will provide the support they need along the way. Cheech Marin costars as Bowen's training-gym boss, and that's Cassandra ("Elvira") Peterson as the gym receptionist. --Sean Axmaker

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  • Actors: Susan Dey, Tom Hulce, Michael Bowen, Christopher Walker, Shirley Jo Finney
  • Directors: Robert Dornhelm
  • Writers: Michael Ventura
  • Producers: Philip B. Epstein, Ralph E. Cotta, Walter Shenson
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, Full Screen, Letterboxed, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Dubbed: French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: MGM (Video & DVD)
  • DVD Release Date: December 26, 2001
  • Run Time: 88 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005R5GE
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #82,257 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Echo Park" on IMDb

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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 2, 1999
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Echo Park is an extremely funny movie, filled with some classic humor presented by a trio of truly quirky characters. Perhaps Susan Dey's best movie of all time! The character that is an Arnold Schwarzenegger wannabe is terrificly funny! This film is more timely now than ever!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By David Baldwin on March 2, 2012
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May(Susan Dey) is a birthday party stripper waiting for a break as an actress. Jonathan(Tom Hulce) is a pizza delivery man with songwriting aspirations. August(Michael Bowen) is a personal trainer at a seedy gym who thinks he's a "body sculptor". What connects these three is hope, desperation, and love for each other while they cope with life in one of Los Angeles' seedier neighborhoods. "Echo Park" is warm and funny and eminently likable. This quirky film wouldn't work if you didn't empathize with the main characters. I strongly behoove you to take a chance on this little film with big heart. Trivia buffs will have a field day here. Cassandra Peterson was better known as late night horror hostess, Elvira. John Paragon is best known as playing Jombi on "Pee Wee's Playhouse". Timothy Carey had prominent roles in two early Stanley Kubrick efforts, "The Killing" and "Paths of Glory". Walter Shenson produced this film as well as the Beatles "A Hard Days Night" and "Help!". Musical supervisor Bill Wyman is better known as the Rolling Stones" bassist.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By J. Arena TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 20, 2010
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This is a fun, light comedy featuring a young Tom Hulce and Susan Day with a charming cast of characters! The humor is excellent, the situations and dialogue are genuinely funny and the actors are all really excellent in their quirky roles. Don't look for a boffo Hollywood finish when they all finally "make it" to the top of show business. That's just not in the cards, but the story is quite entertaining to the very end.

If you are looking for a good romantic comedy for a girls' night in, you won't go wrong with Echo Park.
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Relationship type movie about single mom. Some religious undertones but not noticeable. I enjoyed watching it. The ending was excellent. A movie about relationships and communication. Nice concepts for understanding single moms. I would buy it again if I didn't already have it.
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9 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 24, 1998
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The movie itself isn't bad, but what I like best is the locale. Echo Park is a neighborhood that, while it might not be the safest place, has a lot of character. I also enjoyed watching a younger Tom Hulce work with an offbeat script. The ending is too abrupt and the movie gets rather bizarre at times, but at least it is unique. And it is more unique in a good, rather than bad sense.
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