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He loved his family. He loved his friends. But he loved his audience even more. See more »
The life of Buddy Young, a comic legend in flashbacks but an old man looking for work in the present. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Billy Crystal ... Buddy Young Jr.

David Paymer ... Stan

Julie Warner ... Elaine

Helen Hunt ... Annie Wells

Mary Mara ... Susan

Jerry Orbach ... Phil Gussman

Ron Silver ... Larry Meyerson
Sage Allen ... Mom

Jason Marsden ... Buddy - Age 15

Michael Weiner ... Stan - Age 18

Larry Gelman ... Mr. Gimbel
Kay Freeman ... Mrs. Gimbel
Howard Mann ... Stage Manager
Julius Branca ... Stage Manager
Liz Georges ... Script Girl
Bill Wendell ... Announcer (as William Wendell)
Hartley Haverty ... Susan - Age 6

Will Jordan ... Ed Sullivan

Josh Byrne ... Buddy - Age 6

Ben Diskin ... Stan - Age 9
Irving Wasserman ... Uncle Moe
Phil Forman ... Uncle Julius
Joe Shea ... MC
Michael Ben-Edward ... Fat Guy in Audience

Carl Ballantine ... Freddie
Slappy White ... Joey
Richard Mehana ... Sidney
Mark Lonow ... Producer

Conrad Janis ... Director

Tim Russ ... A.D.

Marc Shaiman ... Lucky Zindberg
Chayim Frenkel ... Cantor at Funeral (as Cantor Chayim Frenkel)
Jan Lucas ... Karen - Casting Director
Daniel Tisman ... Reece
Peter Kim ... Maitre d'

Greg Joung Paik ... Owner (as Greg Paik)
Eugene Kaufmann ... Old Man
Miranda Garrison ... Apache Dancer
Alberto Toledano ... Apache Dancer

Richard Kind ... Reporter

Jerry Lewis ... Jerry Lewis

Edith Fields ... Woman in Commercial

Adam Goldberg ... Eugene Gimbel
Maria A. Ferrari Olivo ... Fat Guy's Wife
Talbot Perry Simons ... Man at Catskills
Lonnie Burr ... TV Show Dancer
Randy Doney ... TV Show Dancer
Joe A. Giamalva ... TV Show Dancer
Birl Jonns ... TV Show Dancer

Shadoe Stevens ... Fred
Bert Copello ... Sullivan A.D.

Lindsay Crystal ... Screaming Girl
Dana Lipsic ... Other Screaming Girl
Jerry Gadette ... Stage Hand
William Yamadera ... Japanese Client
Lowell Ganz ... Writer #1
Babaloo Mandel ... Writer #2

Gary Grossman ... Backstage Man
Bob Yerkes ... Acrobat
Marinela Cimpoeru ... Acrobat
Costin Csizmas ... Acrobat
Voinea Dumitru ... Acrobat
Adrian Smertcov ... Acrobat
Steven Kravitz ... Young Comic
Randy Crenshaw ... 'Buddy Buddy' Singer

Geoff Koch ... 'Buddy Buddy' Singer
Steve Lively ... 'Buddy Buddy' Singer
Rick Logan ... 'Buddy Buddy' Singer
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Tyce Bune
Jackie Gayle ... Gene

Joe Mays
Rene Beard ... NYC Cabbie (uncredited)

Nicole Brandon ... Extra (uncredited)
Jorga Caye ... Bowler (uncredited)

Walton Goggins ... Shaky Kid (uncredited)

Ginger Marin ... Costumer (uncredited)

Pauline Olsen ... Buddys Showgirl (uncredited)
Michael Pasby ... Cameraman at Game Show (uncredited)

David Pires ... Young Woody Allen (uncredited)

Steven Rozic ... Dancer (uncredited)

Cari Shayne ... (uncredited)

Marc Ian Sklar ... Family Member (uncredited)

Barry Squitieri ... Cab Driver (uncredited)
Tami Zweig ... Woman in Catskills Audience (uncredited)

Directed by
Billy Crystal 
Writing credits
Billy Crystal (written by) and
Lowell Ganz (written by) &
Babaloo Mandel (written by)

Produced by
Billy Crystal .... producer
Lowell Ganz .... executive producer
Babaloo Mandel .... executive producer
Peter Schindler .... co-producer
Original Music by
Marc Shaiman 
Cinematography by
Donald Peterman (director of photography) (as Don Peterman)
Film Editing by
Kent Beyda 
Casting by
Pam Dixon 
Production Design by
Albert Brenner 
Art Direction by
Carol Winstead Wood 
Set Decoration by
Kathe Klopp 
Costume Design by
Ruth Myers 
Makeup Department
Kim Adrissi .... makeup artist
Richard Alonzo .... makeup artist
Audrey L. Anzures .... hair stylist
Margot Boccia .... makeup assistant: New York (as Margo Boccia)
Joseph A. Campayno .... makeup artist: New York (as Joe Campayno)
Hazel Catmull .... hair stylist
William A. Farley .... hair designs creator (as Bill Farley)
William A. Farley .... makeup creator (as Bill Farley)
Todd Kleitsch .... makeup assistant: New York
Steve LaPorte .... hair designs creator
Steve LaPorte .... makeup creator
Michael Laudati .... makeup artist: New York
Christine Leiter .... makeup assistant: New York
Neal Martz .... makeup artist: New York
Todd McIntosh .... makeup artist
Peter Montagna .... hair designs creator
Peter Montagna .... makeup creator
John Quaglia .... hairstylist: New York
Richard Sabre .... hair stylist
Mike Smithson .... fabrication
Dayne Johnson .... special makeup effects artist (uncredited)
Louis Lazzara .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Michael Maddi .... prosthetics designer (uncredited)
Production Management
Kelly Van Horn .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Julie A. Bloom .... second assistant director: New York (as Julie Bloom)
David Cass Jr. .... second assistant director
Jim Chory .... first assistant director
Brent Clark .... third assistant director
Harvey Epstein .... dga trainee: New York
John Gallagher .... second second assistant director: New York
Sean Hobin .... second second assistant director
Jono Oliver .... dga trainee (as Jono)
Peter Schindler .... second unit director
Art Department
Jess Anscott .... set dresser
Bonnie Bennetts .... set dresser
Nick Bridwell .... painter
Frank L. Brown .... assistant property master (as Frank Brown)
Daren Cornell .... painter
Ed Cornell .... painter
Kevin Coyle .... set dresser
Brad Curry .... drapery foreman
Richard Bryan Douglas .... construction foreman (as Richard Douglas)
Amy Feldman .... production buyer
Wayne Fisher .... set dresser
Frank Flores .... set dresser
Harold Fuhrman .... set designer
Matt Furginson .... set dresser (as Mat Furginson)
Arthur Gelb .... graphic artist
Raymond Ginther .... plaster foreman
Steve A. Hagberg .... construction coordinator (as Steve Hagberg)
Hugh Hanna .... construction foreman
Ross Harpold .... set dresser
Leon Harris .... illustrator
Augustin Hernandez Jr. .... laborer (as Gus Hernandez)
Roberta J. Holinko .... set decorator: New York (as Roberta Holinko)
John Kasarda .... art director: New York
Dean B. Katz .... set dresser
Michael Kohan .... assistant property master
Randlett King Lawrence .... general foreman (as Randy Lawrence)
Loren Levy .... property: New York
David B. Long .... construction foreman (as David Long)
C.J. Maguire .... property master
Ben Massi .... painter
Douglas E. Maxwell .... leadman (as Doug Maxwell)
John Hammer Maxwell .... set dresser (as John Maxwell)
Tony Miller .... set plasterer
Gerard H. Pineo .... leadman: New York (as Gerard Pineo)
Rudy Reachi .... assistant property master
Bruce Richter .... gang boss
Anthony Samuel Saso .... labor foreman (as Anthony Saso)
Paul Stanwyck .... lead painter (as Paul Stanwyck)
Dalia Taft .... art department coordinator
Allan Trumpler .... standby painter: New York
Bobby L. Vaughn .... construction foreman (as Bobby Vaughn)
Kenneth Weinberg .... property assistant: New York
Gary Stel .... laborer (uncredited)
Sound Department
James Ashwill .... foley mixer (as Jim Ashwill)
Bob Balzarini .... cableman: New York (as Bobby Balzarini)
Stu Bernstein .... sound editor
Steve Bowerman .... boom operator
Allan Bromberg .... foley editor
Robert Deschaine .... adr mixer (as Bob Deschaine C.A.S.)
Michael Dressel .... sound editor
Jessica Gallavan .... supervising adr editor
Nerses Gezalyan .... foley recordist
Robert Grieve .... supervising sound editor
Bob Hile .... machine operator: Skywalker Sound
Gary Holland .... cableman
David Jobe .... adr recordist
John Keating .... sound transfer
Jonathan Klein .... adr editor
Rick Kline .... re-recording mixer: Skywalker Sound
Steve Mann .... sound editor (as Steve Mann M.P.S.E.)
John Murray .... supervising foley editor
Dan O'Connell .... foley walker
Kevin O'Connell .... re-recording mixer: Skywalker Sound
Matt Patterson .... recordist: Skywalker Sound
Jennifer Portman .... apprentice sound editor
Jim Quinn .... machine operator: Skywalker Sound
Daniel Rosenblum .... boom operator: New York (as Danny Rosenblum)
Jeanine Schaack .... first assistant sound editor
Roy Seeger .... assistant sound editor
Robert L. Sephton .... sound editor (as Robert Sephton)
Gary L.G. Simpson .... stage engineer: Skywalker Sound (as Gary Simpson)
Rich Steven .... dialogue editor: Rich Sound
Alicia Stevenson .... foley artist
Alicia Stevenson .... foley walker
Madeleine Swift .... assistant sound editor
Sherman Waze .... dialogue editor: Rich Sound
Jeff Wexler .... production sound mixer
John Roesch .... foley artist (uncredited)
Special Effects by
David P. Kelsey .... special effects supervisor (as Dave Kelsey)
Steven Kirshoff .... special effects: New York (as Steve Kirshoff)
John Ottesen .... special effects: New York
Brian Burrows .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Phil Abraham .... first camera assistant: New York
Michael Anderson .... grip (as Mike Anderson)
Steve Austin .... 24 frame video operator
Randy Burgess .... rigging grip
Steve Chase .... grip
Armando Contreras .... best boy grip
Brian S. Cooper .... electrician
Scott Crabbe .... video assist operator
Jerry DeBlau .... gaffer: New York (as Jerry De Blau)
Ken Fisher .... assistant camera
Larry Freeman .... electrician
Donald L. Hartley .... dolly grip (as Don Hartley)
Richard Hartley .... electrician (as Rich Hartley)
Tyrone Jackson .... grip
Lee Johnson .... lighting technician
Gábor Kövér .... cinematographer: second unit, New York (as Gabor Kover)
Norman Lang .... electrician
Traci Lashbrook .... camera loader
Kal Manning .... gaffer
Bruce McBroom .... still photographer
Peter Morello .... second camera assistant: New York
Randy Nolen .... Steadicam operator
Billy Patsos .... best boy: New York (as William Patsos)
George Patsos .... key grip: New York
Jay Michael Pearce .... grip (as Jay Pearce)
Brad Peterman .... second camera assistant
Jay Peterman .... first camera assistant
Keith Peterman .... camera operator
Peter John Petraglia .... best boy: New York
James Pollard .... dolly grip: New York (as Jim Pollard)
Katherine Ruppe .... additional camera assistant: New York
Andrew D. Schwartz .... still photographer: New York (as Andy Schwartz)
Calvin Sterry .... key grip (as Cal Sterry)
Ken M. Suzuki .... best boy electric (as Ken Suzuki)
Francis X. Valdez III .... rigging gaffer (as Frankie Valdez)
Rick Wilhoit .... electrician (as Ricky Wilhoit)
Steven Zuch .... video assist: New York
Casting Department
Judie Fixler .... extras casting: New York
Charlie Messenger .... extras casting
Caryn Richmond .... casting assistant
Trish Stuckey .... extras casting
Jessica Roulston .... casting assistant (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Robin Borman-Wizan .... costumer (as Robin Borman)
Armand Coutu .... costumer
Irene Ferrari .... costume supervisor: New York
Linda Henrikson .... costume supervisor
Marcie Olivi .... costumer
Chuck Velasco .... costume supervisor
Danna Edwards .... costumer (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Thomas Calderon .... assistant editor (as Thomas Calderón)
Susan Graef .... second assistant editor: New York (as Sue Graef)
Dale E. Grahn .... color timer (as Dale Grahn)
Wilt Henderson .... assistant editor (as Wilton S. Henderson)
Avis Hope .... apprentice editor
Janice Keuhnelian .... assistant editor: New York
Mary Nelson-Duerrstein .... negative cutter (as Mary Nelson Duerrstein)
Location Management
Donna E. Bloom .... location manager: New York (as Donna Bloom)
Justin Cooke .... assistant location manager: New York
Huw Davies .... location manager
Lauren Ross .... location manager
Music Department
Tom Boyd .... musician: oboe soloist
Brad Dechter .... additional orchestrator
Sandy DeCrescent .... music contractor
Alex Gibson .... music editor
Artie Kane .... orchestra conductor
Nina Lucia .... assistant music editor
Hummie Mann .... music supervisor
Hummie Mann .... score producer
Mark McKenzie .... orchestrator
Joel Moss .... music mixer
Joel Moss .... music recordist
Maria Newman .... musician
Marc Shaiman .... score producer
Thomas Richard Sharp .... additional orchestrator (as Thom Sharp)
Jack Sheldon .... musician: trumpet solos
Steven L. Smith .... music preparation
Scott Stambler .... music supervisor
James Thatcher .... musician: french horn
Nick Vidar .... music technical coordinator
Sherry Whitfield .... additional music editor
Lester Wilson .... choreographer: musical numbers
Transportation Department
George Alden .... driver
Michael Avallon .... driver
Ken Bellanca .... transportation captain
Steven Chase .... driver
Jim Chesney .... driver
Craig T. Crowell .... transportation captain (as Craig Crowell)
James M. Dunne .... driver (as Jim 'Mongo' Dunne)
Jack Field .... driver
Gary Grace .... driver
Thomas Hetman .... driver (as Tom Hetman)
Richard Holston .... teamster co-captain: New York
Robert Hunter Jr. .... transportation coordinator (as Bob Hunter)
Michael Hyde .... teamster captain: New York
Chuck Jeglinski .... driver
Gary J. Johnson .... driver (as Gary Johnson)
Michael D. Kuljis .... driver (as Mike Kuljis)
Lonnie Laxson .... driver
Tim C. McHenry .... driver (as Tim McHenry)
Jerry McMullan .... driver
Bob Reidel .... driver (as Bobby Riedell)
Greg Van Dyke .... driver
Ron 'Rooster' Venegas .... driver
Ted Visser .... driver
Richard West .... driver (as Dick West)
Jerry Sidwell .... driver (uncredited)
Other crew
Todd J. Adelman .... set medic (as Todd Adelman)
Laurie Arnow-Epstein .... set estimator (as Laurie Arnow)
Lacey Lee Ashley .... assistant: Billy Crystal (as Lacey Ashley)
Elaine Bass .... title designer
Saul Bass .... title designer
Bonnie Belknap .... food stylist
Judith M. Brown .... studio teacher (as Judy Brown)
Mitchell Cassel .... contact lens optometrist: New York (as Dr. Mitch Cassell)
Pam Ellington .... assistant production accountant
Liam Finn .... production assistant: New York
Cindy Franke .... assistant production coordinator
Michele Giordano .... assistant production coordinator: New York
Morton Greenspoon .... contact lens consultant (as Morton K. Greenspoon O.D.)
Michael Greenwood .... production assistant (as Mike Greenwood)
Denise Harrell .... contact lens technician: New York
Bernard Hiller .... dialogue coach: Yiddish
Deborah Houtsma .... post-production accountant
Lisa Lynn Kearsley .... production coordinator
Joe Keeper .... post-production accountant
Gilbert Kollin .... consultant: rabbinical (as Rabbi Gilbert Kollin)
Eddee Kolos .... production assistant: New York
Arnold Lipsman .... unit publicist
Adam Lustig .... property graphics
Gail Martin-Sheridan .... production accountant (as Gail Martin)
Tricia Miles .... production assistant
Cheryl Morehouse .... set relaxer
Tracy Mosh .... unit publicist
Daniel Nix .... key set production assistant
Valerie O'Brien .... assistant: Peter Schindler
Ramon Pahoyo .... craft service
Jane Raab .... production coordinator: New York
Gail Rose .... assistant production accountant (as Gail Foreman)
Rick Rozzini .... assistant choreographer
Ellen Russell .... parking coordinator: New York (as Ellen Fitzgerald-Russell)
Jackie Short .... accounting clerk
Richard L. Silver .... contact lens consultant (as Richard I. Silver O.D.)
Craig Skrzypecki .... production assistant
David W. Slodki .... production assistant (as David Slodki)
Rose Topping .... assistant to executive producers
Angel Trujillo .... caterer
Marion Tumen .... script supervisor
Christopher Waters .... production assistant (as Darren Waters)
Andrea Wertheim .... production assistant
David L. Yen .... craft service: New York (as David Yen)
Larry Vigus .... stand-in: Conrad Janis (uncredited)
William Woff .... adr loop group (uncredited)
Lynnanne Zager .... adr voice (uncredited)

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Rated R for language
119 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Argentina:13 | Australia:M | Canada:PG (Ontario) | Germany:6 (f) | Iceland:L | Peru:14 | Portugal:M/12 | Singapore:PG | UK:15 | USA:R (certificate #32002)

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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 »
Factual errors: 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.:I'll never forget what my Uncle Moe said about little girls. He said, "Officer, she said she was 18!"See more »
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13 out of 20 people found the following review useful.
Author: mattymatt4ever from Jersey City, NJ

This movie didn't get a big audience and it is a shame, but that's no surprise. It doesn't have the makings of a big box office hit. This is a hilarious film, and I laughed nonstop, but it's not entirely a comedy. It has a great human element. Not your usual Hollywood fluff. I mean, I enjoy comedies like "There's Something About Mary" that do virtually nothing for civilization, yet make you laugh out loud, but it's always a great incentive to watch a comedy that keeps its ear to the ground, that's down to earth. Few times have I watched a film that made me laugh so hard, yet touched my heart in the most poignant fashion. "Mr. Saturday Night" is a real gem!

I've always been a big Billy Crystal fan, but this is his best work ever! It's easy for a stand-up comic like Billy Crystal to co-write, direct and act in a movie about a stand-up comic. But the film also flaunts his range as an artist. Needless to say, it shows off his more serious side. I'm sure some elements of the story were inspired by his origins as an up-and-coming stand-up comedian. And he brings us into all aspects of this fictional comedian's life. What people tend to overlook is the fact that most comedians...don't live very happy lives. They may seem very jovial on stage, but what goes on off-stage is an entirely different story. Buddy Young (Crystal) doesn't have luck with family, friends or anyone in his life. Sometimes it is his fault, sometimes it's not. Sometimes the people in his life just fail to understand the real Buddy and his sort of mentality. I've heard several reviews stating that it's hard to get engaged in a film where the main character is an insulting, unappealing soul. I personally didn't find his character unappealing at all. Then again, I don't know Buddy personally. But I always enjoy watching movies about characters that are hated much more than movies about characters that are loved. What's compelling about a story about someone who everyone loves? If you watch a movie about someone who has his flaws, it gives you more to think about. Why does this person behave this way? Was there a pivotal moment that caused him to be this way?

But I can respect a man like Buddy Young. So his jokes are very negative. They're funny! Some may not prefer his type of humor; if you don't, that's your prerogative. All I know is I never seen a comedy that was so consistently funny. Often when I watch a movie where I get big laughs in the first act, the laughs wear out as the film goes along. When you make a comedy that starts out really funny, you have to keep that consistency. The upcoming gags have to be either just as funny or funnier. Never did I feel the comedy lagged. There's tons of lines and scenes that will stick in my mind forever. One absolute gem is a scene in a restaurant. Billy takes pieces of bread and does all sorts of impressions. For example, he takes two long pieces of bread, puts them on each side of his head and impersonates a Hasidic Jew. And later on, he impersonates an interview with a basketball player in the locker room, which is too racy for me to mention.

Here are some memorable lines:

"Hey, old lady. Moses called. He said you're a great f**k!"

(to an enormously overweight man) "You look like New Jersey in pants!"

(pertaining to Jewish food) "These are diseases with prices!"

David Paymer's Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor was very well-deserved! He delivers an incredible performance! Paymer often plays second banana to a group of great actors in the movies that he does, and this is one film where he actually had a significant role, even failing to be upstaged by the great Billy Crystal. Paymer delivers a powerful, subtle performance in which his facial expressions are much more compelling than the words he speaks.

The chemistry between Crystal and Paymer is excellent. Though they don't share much of a resemblance, they are extremely believable as lifelong brothers. I was raised an only child, but I'm sure many siblings can relate to their love-hate relationship. Crystal is the aggressive type, whereas Paymer is simply there to ride his coattails and criticize him. Buddy Young is not the perfect individual, but he has a strong personality, whereas his brother Stan secretly envies that strength and constantly fires his insecurities at him. There is a great scene, where Buddy reveals to his brother that Stan wishes he could've lived the same life, wishes he could've been the one who had the guts to perform on stage, wishes he could've been the one to ask Elaine (his current wife) out that time he hooked the two of them up. And though Stan doesn't agree with his brother, you know he agrees. He wishes he was as successful and had the guts to do what he did. And Buddy was simply doing him a favor by giving him a taste of what it's like to be a celebrity by letting him be his agent for many years.

The minor flaw: the overdone makeup job on Crystal in his later years. I felt the makeup jobs on Paymer and Julie Warner were done just right. Their aging is more convincing, whereas Crystal looks like Peter Falk in "Roommates." He doesn't look old, he looks like Billy Crystal behind loads of makeup. But Crystal delivers such a credible performance that it's easy to overlook that minor goof for most of the film.

Watching a film like this makes me feel that I wish there were more comics like Buddy Young nowadays. In one scene, Buddy watches TV and sees a guy--dressed like a hippi--telling all sorts of mindless jokes about drugs. He comments, "You call these jokes?" Exactly what I'm thinking. So many modern comedians just don't have that magic that comedians of the yesteryear had. And they play themselves out, depending too much on subjects involving sex and bodily functions. Buddy Young is like a cross between Don Rickles and Rodney Dangerfield. The kind of comedian that makes you laugh hysterically, no matter how many times you see him perform. Never does he run out of steam, just like Rickles and Dangerfield.

"Mr. Saturday Night" is like nothing you'll ever see! It's hard nowadays to find a comedy that's even funny. This is movie that's not only funny, but it's hilarious. And it's not only hilarious, but it's touching and powerful. A must-see!

My score: 9 (out of 10)

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