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Man on the Moon (1999)

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
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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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"Hello, my name is Andy and this is my poster." 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:

$82,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$34,580,635 (USA) (18 February 2000)
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During filming, it was widely reported that a fight ensued between Jerry Lawler and Jim Carrey. It was later reported the whole story was fabricated to promote the movie. But Lawler has since revealed that the story was true. Carrey was so into his character that he constantly harassed Lawler off-camera. At one point, Carrey spit in Lawler's face and Lawler grabbed Carrey's neck. The altercation was broken up and Carrey demanded that Lawler be fired and that his scenes be re-shot. But Carrey later relented. According to Lawler, when they later filmed the scene in which he slapped Kaufman on Late Night with David Letterman (1982), he slapped Carrey much harder than he ever slapped Andy, as revenge. See more »

Goofs

During his 1979 Carnegie Hall show ("Milk and cookies for everyone!") Andy presents an old movie clip and says, "We have with us the last surviving cowgirl from that 1931 film." However, the clip shown is from a 1942 movie, The Forest Rangers. 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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Crazy Credits

At one point in the movie, Kaufman clucks his way through the Sextet from Lucia di Lammermoor. In the music credits at the end, it's listed as performed by "Clara Cluck". See more »

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Features Ms. Pac-Man (1981) See more »

Soundtracks

La Cumparsita
(1916)
Written by Gerardo Matos Rodríguez (as G.H. Matos Rodriguez)
Performed by Jose Basso & His Orchestra
Courtesy of Capitol Records
Under license from EMI-Capitol Special Markets
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Man on the Moon is a strong film with an excellent performance by Jim Carrey
16 November 1999 | by See all my reviews

Man on the Moon is one of the most heart-felt endeavors I've ever seen on film. With each frame, you can feel how much the project means personally to all involved, especially to star Jim Carrey and producer Bob Zmuda. Although personal adoration for the subject of one's movie does not always translate into a film that audience members will identify with, Man on the Moon succeeds brilliantly. Between Milos Forman's unique directing style, the actors' performances, and Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski's writing, the film is able to simultaneously make you a member in one of Andy Kaufman's audiences, experiencing both joy and frustration at his antics, and a close friend who sees, or thinks they see, the Andy Kaufman behind the masks. Just as Karaszewski and Alexander did with the Ed Wood or Larry Flint biopicks, they challenge our concept of what it means to be successful by giving dignity to to the seeming misfits of our society. However, a biopick like Man on the Moon succeeds or fails mainly on the grounds of the lead performance. Jim Carrey proved his dramatic talent last year with a performance in The Truman Show that should have translated into an Oscar, and this year he again gives what will likely be the best performance of the year. Carrey approaches the role of Kaufman with a level of professionalism and enthusiasm far greater than that displayed by many of today's acclaimed actors. Carrey adopts Kaufman's mannerisms flawlessly and becomes Kaufman so convincingly that you forget Carrey is acting. The film's other stars, in particular Paul Giamatti, Courtney Love, and Danny DeVito, all turn in excellent performances as well.

Man on the Moon is both inspiring and thought provoking - a must see.


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