Echo Park (1986)




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This bittersweet comedy looks at the denizens of Echo Park, a decaying section of Los Angeles popular with struggling actors and musicians, largely because of its (relatively) low rents. May Greer (Susan Dey) is a single mother and aspiring actress who makes ends meet by tending bar (the most lucrative job she's been offered in show biz is as a combination stripper and singing telegram girl). Her neighbor August (Michael Bowen) is a body-builder from Austria who dreams of becoming a movie star like Arnold Schwarzenegger, though these days he's supporting himself by doing low-budget TV commercials for deodorant. May and August have an on-again, off-again relationship, which has more to do with sex and loneliness than love. Hoping to stretch her budget a bit, May rents out a room to Jonathan (Tom Hulce), a wannabe singer/songwriter who makes his money delivering pizzas. May takes a liking to Jonathan, and her son Henry (Christopher Walker) sees Jonathan as the benevolent father figure that's been missing from his life. The supporting cast includes cult figure Timothy Carey and Cassandra Peterson, best known as princess of the dark Elvira.
Art House & International , Comedy , Drama
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Susan Dey
as May Greer
Tom Hulce
as Jonathan
Michael Bowen
as August
Christopher Walker
as Henry Greer
Heinrich Schweiger
as August`s Father
Timothy Carey
as Vinnie
Robert Shafer
as Commercial Director
Martin Suppan
as Austrian Consul
Robert Ray Shafer
as Commercial Director
Dorothy Dells
as Consulate Secretary
Yana Nirvana
as Woman in Bar
Paul Anselmo
as Policeman
Jesse Aragon
as Policeman
Robert Cabral
as Policeman
Peter Drain
as Bar Customer
Top Jimmy
as Bar Customer
John Pochna
as Bar Customer
Dee Cooper
as Man in Park
Stephen Gaines
as Desk Sergeant
Mary Thompson
as Prospective Roommate
Fred Leaf
as Burt Reynolds' Look-Alike
Anne Marie Bates
as Prospective Roommate
Jason Mayall
as Prospective Roommate
Renee LeBallister
as Prospective Roommate
Michael Marloe
as Party-Goer
Jim Smith
as Party-Goer
Skip O'Brien
as Prisoner
Biff Yeager
as Jailer
Jacki Easton Toelle
as Girl in Commercial
Bob Moss
as Birthday Boy
Doug Knott
as Birthday Man
James Helppi
as Guest in Elevator
George W. Scott
as Man with Tip
De Schneider
as Real Estate Secretary
Patricia Tippo
as Telegram Stripper
Max Trumpower
as Telegram Stripper
Penny Harris
as Telegram Stripper
Merrill Ward
as Telegram Stripper
Dana Collins
as Telegram Stripper
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Critic Reviews for Echo Park

All Critics (7) | Top Critics (1)

Presents vignettes of yearning individuals in Hollywood who dream of making it in show biz.

Full Review… | August 26, 2004
Spirituality and Practice

Offers sympathy for the outcasts and freaks living on the fringe of American society.

Full Review… | January 21, 2004
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

There's a lot of good humour here and you're left feeling as if you've been eavesdropping on some particularly fascinating (and very pleasant) next-door neighbours.

February 18, 2002
Apollo Guide

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November 1, 2002
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

Audience Reviews for Echo Park


There's a lot of good humor here and you're left feeling as if you've been eavesdropping on some particularly fascinating next-door neighbors.

Lee Mayo
Lee Mayo

Susan Dey has rarely been more appealing. Tom Hulce is surprisingly good at romantic comedy. Not too bad, a little slow moving, but the characters interact well but it lacks pizzazz.

James Higgins
James Higgins

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