Echo Park (1986 film)

Echo Park is a 1986 American comedy-drama film set in the Echo Park neighborhood of Los Angeles, California. The plot follows several aspiring actors, musicians and models.[1]

Echo Park
DVD cover
Directed byRobert Dornhelm
Produced byWalter Shenson
Written byMichael Ventura
StarringSusan Dey
Tom Hulce
Michael Bowen
Cheech Marin
Music byDavid Anderle
Aaron Jacoves
CinematographyKarl Kofler
Edited byIngrid Koller
Distributed byAtlantic Releasing Corporation
Release date
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  • May 16, 1986 (1986-05-16)
Running time
88 min
CountryUnited States
Box office$700,000 (domestic)


The cast includes Tom Hulce, Susan Dey, Cheech Marin and Michael Bowen. Cassandra Peterson, better known as Elvira, has a brief cameo as a secretary.[2] Echo Park was the final film of veteran actor Timothy Carey.[3]


May, a single mom, wants to become an actress. Her next-door neighbor August, a bodybuilder, wants to become a worthy successor to his hero, Arnold Schwarzenegger. They live in a district of Los Angeles known as Echo Park, not far from Dodger Stadium, and dream of a better life.

Jonathan, a pizza delivery boy, arrives at May's door and is immediately smitten with her. As he entertains her young son, Henry, she goes out to pursue an acting opportunity that has come along, only to discover that it involves disrobing in private residences, delivering "strip-o-grams."

May gives that a try, August tries to meet his idol at a reception at the Austrian embassy, while Jonathan worries that the two are more than mere neighbors.


Echo Park maintains an 86% fresh rating at Rotten Tomatoes.[4] Roger Ebert gave the film three out of four stars, saying that the film "has no great statement to make and no particular plot to unfold. Its ambition is to introduce us to these people and let them live with us for a while. The movie is low-key, unaffected and sometimes very funny."[2]


  1. ^ Ebert, Roger. "Echo Park movie review & film summary (1986) | Roger Ebert". Retrieved August 30, 2020.
  2. ^ a b Roger Ebert's review of Echo Park.
  3. ^ Canby, Vincent (April 25, 1986). "Film: 'Echo Park,' with Tom Hulce". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved August 30, 2020.
  4. ^ Rotten Tomatoes entry for Echo Park.

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