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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.


Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 6 nominations. See more awards »



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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 <silvamd@cleo.bc.edu>

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It's lonely at the middle. See more »


Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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?


Kyra Sedgwick was considered to play Elaine, but turned it down due to her pregnancy. Julie Warner was cast in her place. 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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23 September 2004 | by (New Malden,England) – See all my reviews

Took a chance and bought the DVD for an extravagant amount of money(well £2.99 to be exact) and it turned out to be an unexpected delight. Billy Crystal is brilliant as an acerbic comic ably supported by David Paymer as his long suffering brother. If your expecting an out and out comedy you might be disappointed, but as a moving story of someone's life who happens to be a comedian, it's touching, poignant and sometimes very funny. Although Paymer got an Academy Award nomination, Crystal who let's face it is the only reason to watch the awards got nothing,zero,zilch, not a dickey bird... but as someone once said "don't get me started..." (8/10)

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