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My Favorite Year (1982)

PG | | Comedy | 8 October 1982 (USA)
A dissolute matinee idol is slated to appear on a live TV variety show.

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Cast

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K.C. Downing
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King Kaiser
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Sy Benson
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Belle Carroca
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Alice Miller
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Herb Lee
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Uncle Morty
Adolph Green ...
Leo Silver
Tony DiBenedetto ...
Alfie Bumbacelli
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Myron Fein
Selma Diamond ...
Lil
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Karl Rojeck
Jenny Neumann ...
Connie
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Storyline

Benjy Stone is the junior writer on the top rated variety/comedy show, in the mid 50s (the early years). Its a new medium and the rules were not fully established. Alan Swann, an Erol Flynn type actor with a drinking problem is to be that weeks guest star. When King Kaiser, the headliner wants to throw Swann off the show, Benjy makes a pitch to save his childhood hero, and is made Swann's babysitter. On top of this, a union boss doesn't care for Kaiser's parody of him and has plans to stop the show. Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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Comedy

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Release Date:

8 October 1982 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Mi año favorito  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$266,009 (USA) (3 October 1982)

Gross:

$20,123,620 (USA)
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The main character's first name, Benjamin, is the same as the last name of the director, Richard Benjamin, while his last name, Steinberg, is the same as the last name of one of the screenwriters, Norman Steinberg. See more »

Goofs

In the first scene with Swann--in bed, as he banters with the airline stewardess--his pack of Old Gold cigarettes leaps from his chest to the bed. See more »

Quotes

Benjy Stone: This is live television.
Swann: Live? Live? What does live mean?
Benjy Stone: It means the exact moment your cavorting and leaping around that stage over there, 20 million people are seeing it.
Swann: What a minute. What a minute!
Benjy Stone: Swann, you're white.
Swann: You mean it all goes into the camera lens and then just spills out into people's houses?
Benjy Stone: Yeah.
Swann: Why is it nobody had the goodness to explain this to me before?
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References Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (1954) See more »

Soundtracks

Somebody Stole My Gal
(1918) (uncredited)
Written by Leo Wood
Played by the band at the Waldorf
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O'Toole at his best
11 April 2004 | by (Tasmania) – See all my reviews

Peter O'Toole is at the height of his comic powers in this wonderful homage to Errol Flynn, the 50's, and early live TV. Alan Swann (O'Toole) is a swashbuckling, aging, alcoholic actor billed to appear on television - which is fine until he realises that the thing is going to be broadcast LIVE, which is unthinkable. This prompts severe stage fright and heavy drinking, as he is cojoled with endless patience by his adoring young minder, Benjy Stone, (Mark Linn-Baker).

The film is funny, brilliant, sad, stirring, inspiring, exciting - unique. The cast is perfect from top to bottom A tour de force by O'Toole. Watch it. 'My Favorite Year' should become one of Your Favorite Films. 9 out of 10.


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