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Man on the Moon (1999)

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The life and career of a legendary comedian, Andy Kaufman.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Andy Kaufman (as Tony Clifton)
... Stanley Kaufman - Andy's Father
... Little Michael Kaufman (as Greyson Pendry)
Brittany Colonna ... Baby Carol Kaufman
Leslie Lyles ... Janice Kaufman - Andy's Mother
... Little Andy Kaufman
... Mr. Besserman
... George Shapiro
... Budd Friedman
... Wiseass Comic
Thomas Armbruster ... Improv Piano Player
Pamela Abdy ... Diane Barnett
Wendy Polland ... Little Wendy
Cash Oshman ... Yogi
... Meditation Student
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Storyline

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 DVD." [DVD release] 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

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$82,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,515,585, 26 December 1999, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$34,580,635, 20 February 2000
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Trivia

The opening credits sequence mentioning that certain facts were changed and some events were in a different order, was written in by Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski in anticipation of fickle audience members pointing out historical inaccuracies used for dramatic effect. They received numerous letters from Andy Kaufman fans regarding "mistakes" nonetheless. See more »

Goofs

The scene in which Andy and Jerry appear on Late Night with David Letterman was filmed on the similar, but not identical set of Late Show with David Letterman. Also, David Letterman is shown wearing glasses, which he did not do in the early 1980s (see trivia). 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

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


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This Friendly World
(1959)
Written by Ken Darby
Arranged by Norman Henry Mamey (as Norman Mamey)
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Just great
27 December 2005 | by See all my reviews

Jim Carrey delivers on of the greatest acting achievements of the nineties in this stunning biopic about the legendary comedian Andy Kaufman (the man on the moon, according to REM). For me as a European citizen, Andy Kaufman is a complete mystery. I've never seen any of his performances in Saturday Night Live nor have I ever seen any of his live shows. After seeing the movie five times, I as a Dutch not-knowing citizen who had never heard of Kaufman before, can make an image of the man and his brilliance. This is all thanks to Milos Forman and a stunning Jim Carrey, who really becomes Andy Kaufman. According to me, this movie is where Jim Carrey proves that he is just more than a funny guy, and after seeing him in Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004) Carrey has really proved that he is in fact a character actor.


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