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Man on the Moon (1999)

R  |   |  Biography, Comedy, Drama  |  22 December 1999 (USA)
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The life and career of a legendary 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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Storyline

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:

$7,515,585 (USA) (24 December 1999)

Gross:

£501,786 (UK) (12 May 2000)
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In a podcast interview, Jerry Lawler stated that Jim Carey was a handful to work with. This stemmed from Carey's insistence on staying in character constantly on and off set. Years later Jim Carey sent Lawler some old 1980s records of hits that wrestlers recorded from his personal collection; saying it was a great pleasure working with him. See more »

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Numerous anachronisms can be chalked up to artistic decisions; the film intentionally plays fast and loose with the timeline. For example, the Carnegie Hall performance was years before Andy Kaufman's cancer diagnosis; the title song wasn't written until after Andy's death; Andy didn't meet Lynne Margulies at a wrestling match; Stacy Carter hadn't met Jerry Lawler before Andy died (and certainly hadn't married him). Andy performs his imitation of President Jimmy Carter (elected 1976) before Saturday Night Live begins. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Andy Kaufman: Hello. I am Andy and I would like to thank you for coming to my movie. I wish it was *better*, you know, but... it is so stupid! It's terrible! I do not even like it. All of the most important things in my life are changed around and mixed up for dramatic purposes. So, I decided to cut out all of the baloney! Now the movie is much *shorter*.
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Andy Kaufman: In fact, this is the end of the movie. Thank you very much.
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Jim Carrey's head (as Kaufman) peeks back in during the end credits. See more »

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Soundtracks

Rock the Boat
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Written by Wally Holmes (as Waldo Holmes)
Performed by The Hues Corporation (as Hues Corporation)
Courtesy of The RCA Records Label of BMG Entertainment
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Fascinating Bio Of A Strange, Strange Man
15 March 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Biographies of strange people have always fascinated me, and this is no exception. And "strange" doesn't really seem to adequately describe real-life comedian Andy Kauffman. He was REALLY different, many times very offensive, sometimes very unfunny....but always extremely interesting and certainly unique.

Jim Carrey shows us once again how comedians can be such good dramatic actors. Carrey is outstanding in this role, and perfect for it. The rest of the cast is good, too, from Danny DeVito to Paul Giamatti to Courtney Love.

Right from the beginning of this movie one sees how original it is, and how original Kaufman was as a comedian. His routines, antics and put-ons are so realistically done that no thinks they are just that. Unfortunately, his "jokes" don't always go over so well, aren't appreciated by most audiences and he is not always the most likable entertainer you will ever see. That means - be forewarned - that there are a number of unpleasant scenes in this film. You have to really appreciate Kauffman's absurd humor and to appreciate Carrey's great portrait of this man.

On multiple viewings (I've seen it four times) I liked this film even more than the first time, even though I knew the surprises. I don't know of any comedian - to this day - who deliberately tried to annoy his audience or truly liked it when his audience hated him. I cannot believe he had the nerve to do the things he did. In summary, this is a fascinating biography, to say the least.


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