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LA without a Map

  • Comedy
  • Drama
  • 1998
  • Mika Kaurismäki
  • 102 mins
  • 15

Summary

A British writer pursues a young actress to Hollywood and needs all the help he can get to win her love.

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Review

A star rating of 3 out of 5.

Based on Richard Rayner's autobiographical cult novel Los Angeles without a Map, Mika Kaurismäki's film is a sharp comedy stab at Los Angeles, in which David Tennant plays the Englishman abroad with much more subtlety than Daniel Day-Lewis mustered in the similarly themed Stars and Bars. Tennant stars as Richard, a Bradford undertaker who leaves his rain-swept, gloomy existence to track down beautiful American Barbara (Vinessa Shaw) to sunny Hollywood after spotting her in his local graveyard. Of course, everything which can go wrong once he gets there invariably does, but it's fun, unpredictable stuff, peppered with some fantastic supporting turns from Julie Delpy, Vincent Gallo and, playing himself in a deliciously tongue-in-cheek manner, Johnny Depp. Watch out for Margi Clarke and Amanda Plummer in cameo roles.

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Credits

Cast

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Richard TennantDavid Tennant
BarbaraVinessa Shaw
JulieJulie Delpy
MossVincent Gallo
PattersonCameron Bancroft
MichaelJoe Dallesandro
Anouk AiméeAnouk Aimée
JoySaskia Reeves
Leningrad CowboysLeningrad Cowboys
Bradford womanMargi Clarke
Red pool womanAmanda Plummer
Robert DaviRobert Davi
Johnny DeppJohnny Depp

Crew

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DirectorMika Kaurismäki

Details

Released on
1999-09-17
Languages
English | French
Available on
DVD
Formats
Colour
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