Mr. Saturday Night (1992)

R  |   |  Comedy, Drama  |  25 September 1992 (USA)
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The life of Buddy Young, a comic legend in flashbacks but an old man looking for work in the present.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Annie Wells
Phil Gussman
Larry Meyerson
Sage Allen ...
Buddy - Age 15
Mr. Gimbel
Kay Freeman ...
Mrs. Gimbel
Howard Mann ...
Stage Manager
Julius Branca ...
Stage Manager
Liz Georges ...
Script Girl


Buddy Young was the comic's comic, beloved by everyone. Now, playing to miniscule crowds in nursing homes, it seems like everybody but Buddy realizes that he should retire. As Buddy looks for work in show business, he realizes that the rest of the world has forgotten the golden days of Buddy Young, and that there just may not be room in the business for an old comic like himself. Written by Michael Silva <>

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He loved his family. He loved his friends. But he loved his audience even more. See more »


Comedy | Drama

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Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

25 September 1992 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Der letzte Komödiant - Mr. Saturday Night  »

Box Office


$43,000,000 (estimated)


$13,351,357 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


There is one scene where Buddy Young, Jr. is watching Your Show of Shows (1950) starring Sid Caesar and wincing. Ironically, Billy Crystal has cited Sid Caesar for his reason wanting to get into comedy. See more »


Stan explains that rating for Buddy's Saturday night TV show are sliding because the show is opposite Davy Crockett, a serial that actually ran midweek for three weeks on a TV's Disneyland show. See more »


Buddy Young, Jr.: For me, my family was like, uh, Dances With Jews. Oh sure, we had names for our relatives like they had in that movie.
Reporter: What do you mean?
Buddy Young, Jr.: Well, we had "Eats With His Hands," "Spits When He Talks," "Makes Noise When He Bends," "Sweats Like a Pig," "Whines In a Cab," "Never Buys Retail," "Shaves His Back."
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Features The Ed Sullivan Show (1948) See more »


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Words and Music by John Lennon and Paul McCartney
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Mr. Show Biz!
2 February 2007 | by (Middle TN) – See all my reviews

This is a great movie! Crystal is deep without being annoying. This movie has a wholeness about it lacking in so many other works. I must admit, I just watched this movie almost 15 years after it's debut because I thought it was Billy doing stand-up. I had no idea the involved story and how deeply touching it would be.

Those who were disappointed in this film went into it looking for a comedy the likes of Eddie Murphy or someone else. So did I...but how could the story not change attitudes and opinions? To each their own.

I could see how this movie had difficulty finding an audience. It paralleled Crytal's life too much and many like myself like Billy, but maybe not enough to see him do Live stand-up. He never quite held that arena strongly. Also, he was still riding on the 'When Harry Met Sally' steam, which was in large part a chick movie (again, rich with dialogue and opposite of the Stallone action hero us guys seems to like). So, reluctance to see Crystal in his own stand-up movie was not for me.

This movie is really a classic and will last the test of time because of the story between two brothers.

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