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Mr. Saturday Night (1992)

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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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Larry Meyerson
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Mom
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Buddy - Age 15
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Mr. Gimbel
Kay Freeman ...
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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 <silvamd@cleo.bc.edu>

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Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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25 September 1992 (USA)  »

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Der letzte Komödiant - Mr. Saturday Night  »

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$43,000,000 (estimated)

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$13,351,357 (USA)
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Buddy Young, Jr.: I didn't take your life, Stan. I gave you one.
Stan: Yeah, but you coulda been nicer.
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Connections

Referenced in The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #17.90 (2009) See more »

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Ain't Misbehavin'
Written by Fats Waller (as Thomas 'Fats' Waller), Harry Brooks and Andy Razaf
Performed by The Benny Goodman Sextet (as Benny Goodman Sextet)
Courtesy of Columbia Records
By Arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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Wallpapered with shtick...
17 December 2006 | by (las vegas, nv) – See all my reviews

Billy Crystal co-wrote, produced, directed and stars in this sentiment-laden Neil Simon knock-off about a Jewish comedian in the late 1950's who becomes a television staple in the '60's, and an aged grouch in the present day. David Paymer tries hard in the doormat role of Crystal's put-upon older brother, but he and Crystal spend too much time in hokey old age make-up, bickering back and forth like in a road company version of "The Sunshine Boys". The movie looks good, with fine Don Peterman cinematography, but it attempts to combine nostalgia with stereotypical Jewish humor and half-hearted pathos--never cutting back on the insults and quips--for a static, unremarkable result. *1/2 from ****


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