Wrestling documentary about comedian Andy Kaufman's break into professional wrestling. Mainly focuses on his feud with Memphis wrestling legend, Jerry "The King" Lawler, and features ...
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Wrestling documentary about comedian Andy Kaufman's break into professional wrestling. Mainly focuses on his feud with Memphis wrestling legend, Jerry "The King" Lawler, and features interviews from his "Taxi" co-stars, announcer Lance Russell, and Robin Williams. Written by
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Production began in mid 1983 and later halted in early 1984 after Andy Kaufman was diagnosed with lung cancer. Production and research resumed over one year after his death for another two years as well as a year of editing before being released in 1989, five years after Kaufman's death. See more »
"I'm From Hollywood" is just about as thorough a synopsis of Kaufman's wrestling career as a 60-minute mockumentary could ever hope to be. It begins on a huge high note, covering Andy's early career via a series of tongue in cheek interviews with big name co-stars and friends, stretching the truth while maintaining an anchor in reality a'la "This is Spinal Tap." It's when the subject turns to his exploits in the Memphis wrestling scene, though, that the picture pulls a complete 180. Those celebrity chats quickly disappear, replaced with direct archival footage of the actual matches and promotional segments that eventually built to Kaufman's long-term feud with a very young Jerry Lawler. It's great in a sheerly historical sense, but considering this rivalry lasted for well over a year (in regular once-a-week installments) there's a lot of redundancy to the material that could've been cut out. I would have rather seen a continuation of those interviews spliced in with the raw footage to keep the commentary fresh and the pace quick, because this catches a terrible case of the drags midway that it never manages to shake. It's a major disappointment that the producers couldn't secure the rights to Kaufman and Lawler's infamous fight on Letterman, too, which was the real hook of the entire storyline. A true let-down.
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