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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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Larry Meyerson
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Buddy - Age 15
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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)  »

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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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'll never forget what my Uncle Moe said about little girls. He said, "Officer, she said she was 18!"
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Connections

Referenced in Seinfeld: The Movie (1993) See more »

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Just One of Those Things
Written by Cole Porter
Performed by The Benny Goodman Sextet (as Benny Goodman Sextet)
Courtesy of Columbia Records
By Arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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Billy Crystal shines
28 April 2017 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This is one of those films that aims to show the darker side of comedy, and Billy Crystal does well in bringing a lot of aspects of that together in one film.

Yes, the old age make-up looks slightly more 'Mrs Doubtfire' than authentic, but you can't take away the fact that Crystal is very good in his role, tracking the comedian from unknown to famous to back again.

I think this film is overlong, about half an hour in fact, but there are some lovely moments along the way, that are both funny and tragic.

I think this film is certainly worth a watch.


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