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25 November 1981 (USA) See more »
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  (in credits order)

Steve Martin ... Himself / Various

Dan Aykroyd ... Yortuk Festrunk / Irwin Mainway / Alexander Haig / Dr. Frederick Treves

John Belushi ... Zhelezna Postruk

Gregory Hines ... Himself / Lionel Foot

Lauren Hutton ... The Artist

Bill Murray ... Bytes

Laraine Newman ... The Artist's Friend / Mona

Lynn Redgrave ... Mrs. Kendal

Paul Shaffer ... Himself / Jo Jo the Dog-Faced Boy
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Tom Davis
James Downey

Al Franken

Eric Idle ... Reporter
Frank Kopic

Don Pardo ... Himself - Announcer (voice)
Emily Prager ... The Artist's Friend

Directed by
Dave Wilson 
Eric Idle (segment "Rutland Weekend Television")
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Dan Aykroyd 
Tom Davis 
James Downey 
Al Franken 
Tom Gammill 
Eric Idle  segment "Rutland Weekend Television"
Steve Martin 
Lorne Michaels 
Sarah Paley 
Max Pross 
Alan Zweibel 

Produced by
Cherie Fortis .... associate producer
Eric Idle .... producer (segment "Rutland Weekend Television")
Lorne Michaels .... producer
Original Music by
Howard Shore 
Art Department
Charles E. McCarry .... assistant art director

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USA:60 min
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6 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
Steve IS at his best, 9 December 2005
Author: djjazzytymm from United States

This is a must see for ANY SNL fan that remembers the Golden Years of, Belushi, Aykroyd, and Radner. Produced by Lorne Michaels and broadcast live on NBC, it was like watching a reunion show with Martin as the guest host. We even get to see the return of a few of SNL's best loved characters from that era. The original SNL cast had since moved on at the time of this broadcast, and the SNL cast at that time was one of the worst in the history of the show. For those of us that were thirsting for the return to greatness of SNL, this offered us on last look at what the show once was and would never quite be again. Not every skit was a piece of art, but as a whole, this was a very funny special. This was not a ratings bonanza for NBC (although it did very well in the 18-25 demographic), so I'm betting that many fans of Martin & SNL have never seen it. This should REALLY be released on video or DVD if for no other reason, to allow those who have not seen it the chance to say goodbye to the SNL of the first 5 years.

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