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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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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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Liz Georges ...
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Storyline

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)  »

Also Known As:

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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1.85 : 1
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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

Announcer: Announcer: "And now, the star of our show, the kamikaze of comedy! Fasten your seat belts, put on your crash helmets; because here he comes... Mr. Saturday Night... Buddy Young, Junior!"
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Connections

References The Ed Sullivan Show (1948) See more »

Soundtracks

I Want to Hold Your Hand
Words and Music by John Lennon and Paul McCartney
All rights controlled and administered by MCA Music Publishing, a division of MCA, Inc.
Under license from Northern Songs
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Laugh and cry in equal measure
31 October 2004 | by (Yorkshire, England) – See all my reviews

How come this film has not received more plaudits? I know David Palmer got an Oscar but it's such a wonderful feel good film that deserves more. I watch it regularly to cheer myself up. Mr Crystal's delivery is razor sharp and he's really put together a beautiful and utterly believable faux biopic. I can't deny that I had to check that this wasn't a true story but maybe I'm a little gullible. Lovely story about two Jewish brothers and their growing up within the field of stand-up comedy although with quite separate roles. Great cameo from Jerry Lewis. The make-up in these sorts of films where characters age substantially can be a little suspect but the cast do well to express ageing bodies quite well. A true original and be prepared for joyful tears in the midst of laughter.


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