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Memories of Me (1988)

PG-13  |   |  Comedy, Drama  |  October 1988 (USA)
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On his girlfriend's insistence, a disgruntled man tries to make peace with his high-spirited, street-smart and often irritatingly careless father, a failed actor who never quit his dream to be a success.

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Stan Kantor
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Tango (as Jay 'Flash' Riley)
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On his girlfriend's insistence, a disgruntled man tries to make peace with his high-spirited, street-smart and often irritatingly careless father, a failed actor who never quit his dream to be a success.

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Comedy | Drama

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October 1988 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Memories of Me - Das tragisch-komische Leben eines großartigen Versagers  »

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$12,000,000 (estimated)

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$3,965,604 (USA)
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Trivia

In many scenes throughout the movie, Billy Crystal is seen wearing either a sweatshirt or a t-shirt from New York University. Billy Crystal graduated from NYU with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in 1970. See more »

Goofs

At Abe's funeral, there were flowers surrounding and on top of the casket. At Jewish funerals, flowers are not sent because it signifies a joyous occasion. See more »

Quotes

[Abe and Abbie are discussing Abbie's mother]
Abe: A woman her age is supposed to move to Florida. Who moves to Vermont?
Abbie: She likes the cold.
Abe: She should - she invented it.
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not unpredictable, but a pleasant diversion
5 December 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"There's an art to being incidental", says Abe Polin, king of the Hollywood extras, and here's a case in point. This gentle, affectionate comedy is nothing more than incidental entertainment, but it works, thanks to the textbook timing and genuine rapport between Alan King and Billy Crystal as Abe and his estranged son Abbie, who wants to mend fences with the man he calls "a professional embarrassment" after suffering a mild heart attack (brought on by a chronic lack of attention). The sentimental attachment to all those noble, nameless Hollywood extras is like a page borrowed from Frank Capra's scrapbook, but if the film tugs the heartstrings a little too hard at least it compensates by not force-feeding the humor, settling for smiles instead of belly-laughs. Abbie's sensitivity to his father's eccentric behavior can be tiring, and Jobeth Williams' gratuitous role (the concerned girlfriend) is simply irritating, but where else can you expect to meet the man who invented 'the courtroom wallah'?


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