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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.

Echo Park
DVD cover
Directed by Robert Dornhelm
Produced by Walter Shenson
Written by Michael Ventura
Starring Susan Dey
Tom Hulce
Michael Bowen
Cheech Marin
Music by David Anderle
Aaron Jacoves
Cinematography Karl Kofler
Edited by Ingrid Koller
Distributed by Atlantic Releasing Corporation
Release date
  • July 25, 1986 (1986-07-25)
Running time
88 min
Country United States
Language English
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.[1] Echo Park was the final film of veteran actor Timothy Carey.


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.[2] 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."[1]


  1. ^ a b Roger Ebert's review of Echo Park.
  2. ^ Rotten Tomatoes entry for Echo Park.

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