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


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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?


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 »


When Stan is at the restaurant telling Buddy he wants to retire, the boom microphone is visible while Stan is saying his kids are down in Florida. See more »


Buddy Young, Jr.: [to the audience he's performing to] I know you're out there, I can hear you reloading!
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Referenced in Seinfeld: The Smelly Car (1993) See more »


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This sometimes flawed film is funny and bittersweet.
6 December 2005 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Buddy Young, Jr. (Billy Crystal) is a talented comedian after forty years of struggling to reach the top. But Buddy can be unsympathetic man towards his comedy, his family and especially his long suffering brother/manager (David Paymer). Now Buddy has to make a choice between pushing forward to his dying career or making piece with the family, he's hurting.

Directed by Billy Crystal (Forget Paris, Have a Nice Day, 61) made his directorial debut with this sometimes flawed but an genuinely touching and bittersweet comedy. Crystal is good in the lead role, since it's based on his comedy character routine but when Crystal plays the older version of his character. He's hardly convincing as the older Buddy, especially with the heavy make-up role. Which he looks like Carl Reiner than himself. Paymer and Julie Warner as Buddy's wife plays the older version of their characters more convincingly. Paymer received an Oscar Nomination for his terrific supporting performance.

DVD has an good anamorphic Widescreen (1.85:1) transfer and an fine-Dolby 2.0 Surround Sound. DVD has an interesting commentary track by Crystal, which Paymer joins him during the last fifty minutes of the movie. DVD also has three new featurettes with Crystal and Paymer, deleted scenes with introduction by the director, gag reel and the original theatrical trailer. This dramatic comedy has good supporting roles for Oscar-Winner:Helen Hunt and Ron Silver. Some amusing cameos by Jerry Orbach, Jerry Lewis and an young Adam Goldberg. This is one of the few underrated films of Billy Crystal, which he appears in. Written by Crystal, Lowell Ganz and Babaloo Mandel. Which Ganz and Mandel wrote comedies like "City Slickers 1 & 2", "EDTV" and "Greedy". (****/*****).

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