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

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Andy Kaufman (as Tony Clifton)
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Little Michael Kaufman (as Greyson Pendry)
Brittany Colonna ...
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Janice Kaufman - Andy's Mother
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Mr. Besserman
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Budd Friedman
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Wiseass Comic
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Improv Piano Player
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Diane Barnett
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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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Hello, my name is Andy and this is my video." [video release] See more »


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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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In the scene where Andy Kaufman performs "Mighty Mouse" on Saturday Night Live (1975), the real Studio 8H was used, made to look as it did circa 1975. See more »

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Well before his Saturday Night Live (1975) begins, Andy Kaufman is seen doing his classic impression of "Mr. Carter, the president." Jimmy Carter was not yet even running for president at the time, and didn't get the office until halfway through the program's second season. See more »

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[At a meeting with the NBC executives]
George Shapiro: Andy Kauffman is Tony Clifton. And Tony Clifton is Andy Kauffman. They'll deny it up and down, but believe me, it's true!
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Man on the Moon
(1992)
Written by Bill Berry, Peter Buck, Mike Mills and Michael Stipe
Performed by R.E.M.
Produced by Scott Litt and R.E.M.
Mixed by Scott Litt and Clif Norrell
Courtesy of Warner Bros. Records
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
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Hmmm...
30 December 1999 | by (Orange County, California) – See all my reviews

Having liked the contrived Latka Gravas, but never really knowing much more about Andy Kaufman than the Headlines, Man on the Moon offered some incredible depictions of this one of a kind enigma.

I was never a big fan of his off-Taxi antics, but then again, Man on the Moon made it clear that I simply did not understand them. I'm not any more of a Kaufman fan than I've been, but Man on the Moon has left me with an incredible appreciation for his genius.

Jim Carrey's performance is chilling. His normal on-screen presence has often made it hard for me to see him as the characters he's played. This time, I forgot that I was watching an actor portraying Andy Kaufman. It was frighteningly good. The entire supporting cast was just as stellar.

Though interesting throughout, mostly because it explained so much that I never knew about events that were so highly publicized, Man on the Moon's amazing insight into the "why" behind the "what" of his antics completely left out the "why" behind the "what" of the person. I now know a lot about what he did, but I still know very little about who he was.

If the creators' intent was to let the world get to know Andy Kaufman the man, then I think the film missed its mark. However, that has nothing to do with the fact that it was an outstanding film in every way. It would be as unfair to detract from the film for this as it would be to call a hammer useless because it doesn't drill holes. A film isn't about what I expect, it's about what it is. In this case, it's astounding from beginning to end.


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