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Director:
Writers:
Norman Steinberg (screenplay) and
Dennis Palumbo (screenplay) ...
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Release Date:
1 October 1982 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
A dissolute matinee idol is slated to appear on a live TV variety show. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
Nominated for Oscar. Another 5 wins & 4 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
A Movie of Moments See more (74 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Peter O'Toole ... Alan Swann

Mark Linn-Baker ... Benjy Stone

Jessica Harper ... K.C. Downing

Joseph Bologna ... King Kaiser

Bill Macy ... Sy Benson

Lainie Kazan ... Belle Carroca

Anne De Salvo ... Alice Miller

Basil Hoffman ... Herb Lee
Lou Jacobi ... Uncle Morty
Adolph Green ... Leo Silver
Tony DiBenedetto ... Alfie Bumbacelli

George Wyner ... Myron Fein
Selma Diamond ... Lil

Cameron Mitchell ... Karl Rojeck
Jenny Neumann ... Connie

Corinne Bohrer ... Bonnie
George Marshall Ruge ... Lord Drummond / Featured Player
Amanda Horan Kennedy ... Lady Eleanor (as Barbara Horan)
John Welsh ... Cubby Brown / Featured Player
Richard Brestoff ... Stage Manager / Featured Player
Jed Mills ... Member #1 / Featured Player
Ted Grossman ... Harris / Featured Player

Teresa Ganzel ... Dumpling / Featured Player
Philip Bruns ... Fed. Marshal Holt / Featured Player (as Phil Bruns)

Archie Hahn ... Delivery Boy / Featured Player
Karen Haber ... Vivian / Featured Player
Priscilla Kovary ... Priscilla
Eleanor C. Heutschy ... Gossip Columnist (as Eleanor Heutschy)
Peter Eastman ... Maitre D'
Fox Harris ... Curt / Featured Player
Rieneke ... Andrea
Howard George ... Artie / Featured Player
Bob Windsor ... Alvin Horn / Featured Player

Gloria Stuart ... Mrs. Horn
Clyde McLeod ... Club Dancer
Harry Bill Roberts ... Orchestra Leader

Ramon Sison ... Rookie Carroca / Featured Player

Annette Robyns ... Sadie
Pearl Shear ... Mrs. Kessler
Stanley Brock ... Mr. Berkowitz
Martin Garner ... Mr. Cantor
John Medici ... Scalfoni
Robert G. Denison ... Stockbroker #1 / Featured Player
John Christy Ewing ... Stockbroker #2 / Featured Player
Vincent Sardi Jr. ... Policeman (as Vincent Sardi)

Cady McClain ... Tess (as Katie McClain)
Norman Steinberg ... Sandy
Richard Warwick ... Technical Director
Rex Benson ... Makeup Man

Denver Mattson ... Thug #1

George Fisher ... Thug #2
Bob Terhune ... Thug #3

Nick Dimitri ... Thug #4
Phil Adams ... Stagehand #1
Richard E. Butler ... Stagehand #2 (as Richard Butler)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Vince Brocato ... Walla Walla (voice)

Lana Clarkson ... Girl in Old Gold Cigarette Pack (uncredited)

Ilana Rapp ... Neighborhood Girl (uncredited)

Directed by
Richard Benjamin 
 
Writing credits
Norman Steinberg (screenplay) and
Dennis Palumbo (screenplay)

Dennis Palumbo (story)

Produced by
Michael Gruskoff .... producer
Art Levinson .... associate producer
Mel Brooks .... executive producer (uncredited)
Joel Chernoff .... producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Ralph Burns (music by)
 
Cinematography by
Gerald Hirschfeld (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Richard Chew (edited by)
 
Production Design by
Charles Rosen 
 
Set Decoration by
Donald J. Remacle  (as Don Remacle)
 
Costume Design by
May Routh 
 
Makeup Department
Ruby Ford .... hair stylist
Carol A. O'Connell .... hair stylist (as Carol O'Connell)
Daniel C. Striepeke .... makeup (as Dan Striepeke)
 
Production Management
A. Kitman Ho .... unit production manager: New York
Art Levinson .... unit production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
William S. Beasley .... first assistant director
Duncan Henderson .... second assistant director (as Duncan S. Henderson)
Stephen Wertimer .... second assistant director: New York
 
Art Department
Merle Eckert .... chief carpenter: New York
Arthur Gelb .... graphics designer
Mentor Huebner .... production illustrator
Herbert F. Mulligan .... set decorator: New York (as Herb Mulligan)
Gregory Pickrell .... set designer
Michael J. Smith .... construction coordinator
Sal Sommatino .... property master
Kandy Stern .... set designer (as Kandy Berley Stern)
John Alvin .... poster artist (uncredited)
Duff Miller .... assistant property master (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
John H. Arrufat .... sound effects editor (as J.H. Arrufat)
David B. Cohn .... dialogue editor
Mia Goldman .... assistant sound editor
Robert Grieve .... supervising sound editor
Jerry Jost .... production sound mixer
Gregg Landaker .... rerecording mixer
Steve Maslow .... rerecording mixer
Christopher Newman .... sound mixer: New York (as Chris Newman)
Bill Varney .... rerecording mixer
Ken Dufva .... foley artist (uncredited)
Duncan McEwan .... sound recordist (uncredited)
Donald C. Rogers .... technical director of sound (uncredited)
Bill Voigtlander .... adr editor (uncredited)
Dan Yale .... dialogue editor (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Charles Schulthies .... special effects (as Charles R. Schulthies)
 
Visual Effects by
Matthew Yuricich .... matte painter (as Matthew J. Yuricich)
 
Stunts
Norman Howell .... stunt player
Steve Lerner .... stunt player
John Moio .... stunt player
Victor Paul .... stunt coordinator
Charlie Picerni .... stunt player (as Charles Picerni)
John Romano .... stunt player
Philip Romano .... stunt player
Tony Santoro .... stunt player
James Winburn .... stunt player (as James B. Winburn)
Konrad Sheehan .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Enrique Bravo .... camera operator: New York
Richard J. Edesa .... camera operator (as Richard Edesa)
Mike Ginsberg .... still photographer: New York
Len Hekel .... still photographer (as Leonard Hekel)
Marc Hirschfeld .... first assistant cameraman (as Marc D. Hirschfeld)
Adam Kimmel .... second assistant cameraman: New York
James McGrath .... key grip: New York
Donald E. Thorin Jr. .... second assistant cameraman (as Donald Thorin Jr.)
Louis Tobin .... gaffer (as Lou Tobin)
Bob West .... key grip (as Robert G. West)
 
Casting Department
Ellen Chenoweth .... casting: Los Angeles
Lois Planco .... casting: New York
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Bob Mahagay .... wardrobe supervisor
Eric H. Sandberg .... costumer: men's
Dolores Zuniga .... costumer: women's
Joan Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
Gregory B. Peña .... set costumer (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Don Dittmar .... color timer
Howard Heard .... assistant film editor
Brian Ralph .... negative cutter
David Solomon .... assistant film editor
 
Music Department
Jeff Carson .... music editor: La Da Productions
Harry V. Lojewski .... music supervisor
George Doering .... musician (uncredited)
James Thatcher .... musician: french horn (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Carolyn Bauer .... assistant to Mr. Benjamin
Karen Day .... production auditor
W. Paul Henley .... location manager
Vic Heutschy .... publicist
Ingrid Johanson .... production coordinator: New York
Marie Kenney .... script supervisor
Debra Leventhal .... secretary to the producer
James McCabe .... location manager (as Jim McCabe)
Larry Rapaport .... location manager: New York
Jaimie Raskin .... production assistant
Willie E. Simmons Jr. .... production assistant (as Willie Simmons)
Juanita Smith .... assistant: to Mr. Steinberg
Armand Speca .... assistant to the producer
Jean Urban .... production secretary
Randy Auerbach .... assistant: Mr. Brooks (uncredited)
Randy Auerbach .... assistant: to Mr. Brooks (uncredited)
Sam Irvin .... production assistant (uncredited)
Kevin King .... payroll accountant (uncredited)
Dan Roth .... adr voice (uncredited)
Lucy Chase Williams .... secretary: Michael Gruskoff (uncredited)
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Runtime:
92 min
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Color (Metrocolor)
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
The part of Lil, the wardrobe lady, was played by Selma Diamond. She herself was a writer for "Your Show of Shows" (1950), the television program on which the film was based.See more »
Goofs:
Anachronisms: Early in the movie a labor leader and his attorney meet with the show's producer to state that an actor's portrayal of a person having that labor leader's character is "slander." The producer replies that the labor leader is a public figure and so the test of defamation is more difficult than simple slander. That test, the Public Figure test, was not developed until ten years after the year the movie takes place.See more »
Quotes:
King Kaiser:You look real nice today, Alice. Did you get those shoes I sent you?
Alice Miller:Oh yeah.
King Kaiser:Why did you send them back?
Alice Miller:They were the wrong size. And they were used.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Clerks. (1994)See more »
Soundtrack:
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25 out of 28 people found the following review useful.
A Movie of Moments, 1 November 2000
Author: Mark Mayhew

The best movies have moments -- scenes so powerful, or simply so note-perfect, that they live on in your memory after the plot is forgotten.

"My Favorite Year" has more than its share of these.

Other reviewers on this page have singled out the dinner at Belle Mae Steinberg Carioca's (Lainie Kazan's) Brooklyn apartment. They might also have mentioned the scene in which a titanically intoxicated Alan Swann (O'Toole)essays to "shimmy down" the side of a building, using a fire hose as rapelling gear, or the farcically climactic fight scene on live 50's TV.

But two other moments resonate even more strongly; they explain completely why Peter O'Toole was cast in this otherwise comedic role.

In the first, O'Toole's character interrupts his own plans for an evening of debauchery to fulfill a fantasy by dancing with an aging, but still glorious Gloria Stuart. Both onscreen and off, the audience is spellbound in the midst of the slapstick as these two senior-citizen actors seize the screen for the duration of their waltz.

Even more compelling is an important scene later in the movie in which Swann makes a quick trip to visit a young daughter whom he hasn't seen in years. He watches her from the car, but can't bring himself to get out and speak to her. The scene is played completely without dialogue. With the camera focused tightly on the warring emotions which play across O'Toole's face, no dialogue is necessary. It's a powerful, lump-in-the-throat moment every divorced dad will recognize.

I join others on this page in urging you to rent this movie for the laughs. As you laugh, however, stay alert for two of the truest moments ever placed on film. Enjoy.

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