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Man on the Moon (1999)

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The life and career of legendary comedian Andy Kaufman.

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Milos Forman
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Won 1 Golden Globe. Another 4 wins & 24 nominations. See more awards »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jim Carrey ... Andy Kaufman (as Tony Clifton)
Gerry Becker ... Stanley Kaufman - Andy's Father
Greyson Erik Pendry ... Little Michael Kaufman (as Greyson Pendry)
Brittany Colonna ... Baby Carol Kaufman
Leslie Lyles Leslie Lyles ... Janice Kaufman - Andy's Mother
Bobby Boriello ... Little Andy Kaufman
George Shapiro ... Mr. Besserman
Danny DeVito ... George Shapiro
Budd Friedman ... Budd Friedman
Tom Dreesen ... Wiseass Comic
Thomas Armbruster Thomas Armbruster ... Improv Piano Player
Pamela Abdy Pamela Abdy ... Diane Barnett
Wendy Polland Wendy Polland ... Little Wendy
Cash Oshman Cash Oshman ... Yogi
Matt Price ... Meditation Student
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A biographical film 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 Bus" [Bus Poster] See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and brief sexuality/nudity | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Director Milos Forman could not decide between Edward Norton and Jim Carrey for the role of Andy Kaufman, and left it up to the studio, which went with the more bankable Carrey. Oddly enough, Norton used to be a guitarist in a Los Angeles gig of Courtney Love's called Hole in Two. See more »

Goofs

At the end, the MPAA certificate number is listed as 369,916, which has one digit too many. At the time it should have been near 37,000. 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*.
[pause]
Andy Kaufman: In fact, this is the end of the movie. Thank you very much.
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Crazy Credits

Jim Carrey's head (as Kaufman) peeks back in during the end credits. See more »

Alternate Versions

Several scenes were shot but cut. These include:
  • The cast of Taxi rehearsing with a stand-in substituting for Andy.
  • Andy responding to fan mail from some attractive girls.
  • Andy taking a girl out on a date and acting so weird she asks to go home.
  • After the Tony Clifton fiasco on the Taxi set, Andy calling Ed Weinberger and thanking him for playing along so convincingly.
  • A scene backstage after Andy "hurts" his neck at the wrestling match where his worried parents come to see if he is okay.
  • A scene towards the end of the movie at the Improv Club where Andy resurrects his Foreign Man routine and is "heckled" by Zmuda posing as an audience member.
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Connections

Referenced in Shameful Sequels: Ace Ventura Jr. (2010) See more »

Soundtracks

Hallelujah Chorus
(1741)
from "Messiah"
Written by George Frideric Handel (as Handel)
Arranged by Charlie Brissette
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User Reviews

HE WASN'T FUNNY THEN AND HE STILL ISN'T.
22 December 1999 | by cormac-3See all my reviews

I saw Andy Kaufman open for a long forgotten rock band in the late 70's and he was absolutely horrible. Of course 15,000 heavy metal fans didn't wan't to sit through an opening act let alone a comedian but this guy was awful and was booed for thirty minutes. I admire Foreman and Carrey so I thought I'd learn something in "Man on the Moon", find out why some people thought Kaufman a genius. I learned nothing from this film - especially why all these talented people found this story worth telling. Celebrities have always been quick to drop the label "genius" on each other rendering the word meaningless in America today. I'm so sick of hearing what a "genius" Kaufman was and how people like me just didn't "get" him, tired of hearing how he "bombed on purpose". Kaufman died too early and that is the only compelling part of his story. He wasn't a genius. He wasn't funny. This movie didn't convince me nor explain the reverence. 20 years later I feel exactly the same way I did at that concert - "get off the stage."


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Language:

English

Release Date:

22 December 1999 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$82,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,515,585, 26 December 1999

Gross USA:

$34,607,430

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$47,434,430
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2.39 : 1
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