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Man on the Moon (1999)

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A film about the life and career of the eccentric avant-garde comedian, Andy Kaufman.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Andy Kaufman (as Tony Clifton)
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Little Michael Kaufman (as Greyson Pendry)
Brittany Colonna ...
Leslie Lyles ...
Janice Kaufman - Andy's Mother
Bobby Boriello ...
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Mr. Besserman
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Budd Friedman
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Wiseass Comic
Thomas Armbruster ...
Improv Piano Player
Pamela Abdy ...
Diane Barnett
Wendy Polland ...
Little Wendy
Cash Oshman ...
Yogi
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Meditation Student
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Man on the Moon is a biographical movie on the late comedian Andy Kaufman. Kaufman, along with his role on Taxi (1978), was famous for being the self-declared Intergender Wrestling Champion of the world. After beating women time and time again, Jerry Lawler (who plays himself in the movie), a professional wrestler, got tired of seeing all of this and decided to challenge Kaufman to a match. In most of the matches the two had, Lawler prevailed with the piledriver, which is a move by spiking an opponent head-first into the mat. One of the most famous moments in this feud was in the early 80s when Kaufman threw coffee on Lawler on Late Night with David Letterman (1982), got into fisticuffs with Lawler, and proceeded to sue NBC. Written by Eli Boorstein <uahp@rocketmail.com>

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Rated R for language and brief sexuality/nudity | See all certifications »

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22 December 1999 (USA)  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$52,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£264,226 (UK) (5 May 2000)

Gross:

£501,786 (UK) (12 May 2000)
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Trivia

During filming, a story broke out that a fight ensued between Jerry Lawler and Jim Carrey which was also played out by Lawler on WWF Monday Night RAW (1993) (where he commentates). The whole story was fabricated to promote the movie. See more »

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When Andy Kaufman is on Saturday Night Live (1975)'s first episode, the announcer announces it as "Saturday Night Live". However, the show was originally known as "NBC's Saturday Night." See more »

Quotes

Jerry "The King" Lawler: Kaufman, did you come here to wrestle or act like an ass?
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Crazy Credits

Jim Carrey's head (as Kaufman) peeks back in during the end credits. See more »

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References Happy Days (1974) See more »

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Mighty Mouse Theme
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Written by Marshall Barer, Jimmy Carroll and Philip A. Scheib (as Philip Scheib)
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Just great
27 December 2005 | by (Netherlands) – See all my reviews

Jim Carrey delivers on of the greatest acting achievements of the nineties in this stunning biopic about the legendary comedian Andy Kaufman (the man on the moon, according to REM). For me as a European citizen, Andy Kaufman is a complete mystery. I've never seen any of his performances in Saturday Night Live nor have I ever seen any of his live shows. After seeing the movie five times, I as a Dutch not-knowing citizen who had never heard of Kaufman before, can make an image of the man and his brilliance. This is all thanks to Milos Forman and a stunning Jim Carrey, who really becomes Andy Kaufman. According to me, this movie is where Jim Carrey proves that he is just more than a funny guy, and after seeing him in Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004) Carrey has really proved that he is in fact a character actor.


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