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Mr. Saturday Night (1992)

The life of Buddy Young, a comic legend in flashbacks but an old man looking for work in the present.

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Elaine
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Annie Wells
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Susan
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Phil Gussman
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Larry Meyerson
Sage Allen ...
Mom
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Buddy - Age 15
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Mr. Gimbel
Kay Freeman ...
Mrs. Gimbel
Howard Mann ...
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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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He loved his family. He loved his friends. But he loved his audience even more. See more »

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Comedy | Drama

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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 »

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When Buddy is talking with Elaine at the gazebo the first night he meets her, the boom mic is visible just before the ferry boat passes by, and again after she asks him if his brother brings a girl to him after every show. See more »

Quotes

Buddy Young, Jr.: Who do you have to screw to get a vodka?
Sidney: Me.
Buddy Young, Jr.: Make it a ginger ale.
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Featured in Siskel & Ebert: Memo to the Academy - 1993 (1993) See more »

Soundtracks

After You've Gone
Words and Music by Henry Creamer (as Creamer) and Turner Layton (as Layton)
Performed by Benny Goodman
Courtesy of the RCA Records Label of BMG Music
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"It's not funny. It's not fun."
21 June 2001 | by (central New York) – See all my reviews

Billy Crystal is a self-indulgent ass. Every time Howard Stern plays the tape of Stuttering John asking when the sequel to this shipwreck is coming out, and Billy is heard to lose his cool, it reminds me how close in personality he is to Buddy Young. At least Jerry Lewis, who is similarly capable of hilarious self-importance, got the joke when he took the part in KING OF COMEDY. This will go down with Bill Murray's wrongheaded foray into Serious Acting in THE RAZOR'S EDGE and Robin Williams' continuing descent into self-parody as a cautionary tale for the ages: a comedian ought to laugh at himself as much as the audience laughs at him. Otherwise he's going to give us the filmic equivalent of Eddie Murphy's R&B albums, every time. When will they learn?


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