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My Favorite Year (1982)

PG | | Comedy | 8 October 1982 (USA)
A dissolute matinee idol is slated to appear on a live TV variety show.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Tony DiBenedetto ...
Myron Fein
Selma Diamond ...
Karl Rojeck
Jenny Neumann ...


Benjy Stone is the junior writer on the top rated variety/comedy show, in the mid 50s (the early years). Its a new medium and the rules were not fully established. Alan Swann, an Erol Flynn type actor with a drinking problem is to be that weeks guest star. When King Kaiser, the headliner wants to throw Swann off the show, Benjy makes a pitch to save his childhood hero, and is made Swann's babysitter. On top of this, a union boss doesn't care for Kaiser's parody of him and has plans to stop the show. Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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Release Date:

8 October 1982 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Mi año favorito  »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$266,009, 3 October 1982, Limited Release

Gross USA:

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The name of the film's central character, swashbuckling matinée idol Alan Swann (Peter O'Toole), was similar to the name of real-life movie director Allan Dwan, who directed such swashbucklers as Robin Hood (1922), The Iron Mask (1929), A Modern Musketeer (1917) and The Three Musketeers (1939). See more »


In the street scene following the "hot dog" shot, the block Benjy and Swann are walking in is a real NY street dressed for 1954. The next block behind them and the skyline including the long-gone Astor Hotel is a matte shot. Watch under the marque over the left sidewalk and see several modern buses and an RV go by. See more »


Swann: You see, people like me wear targets. I'm blamed for a lot of things I had absolutely nothing to do with. On the other hand, because of who I am, I get away with murder in other areas. I suppose it all balances out in the end.
Belle: Does it really, Swannee?
Benjy Stone: Ma, he's an actor, not a river.
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A perfect little gem of a film
27 July 2005 | by See all my reviews

A perfect little gem of a film, which the other posters here have attested to quite well. Peter O'Toole fans and those who can remember that time in our history would do themselves a great service in seeing this movie. It gets shown on TCM once and a while (good on them), this is where I had re-stumbled upon it after many, many years. I am also delighted to hear that it was released on DVD a couple of years ago, and I am eager to check it out.

This is one of my favorite movies. Reason being, I remember seeing this as a kid with my grandfather, who was very much a part of that era. I've never seen anyone laugh harder at a movie, ever. Seriously. Though he passed away a long time ago, it's one of my favorite memories, of him just laughing out load in uproarious delight. That's what movies should do.

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