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I'm from Hollywood (1989)

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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 ... See full summary »

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Credited cast:
Andy Kaufman ... Himself
Jerry Lawler ... Himself
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Tony Danza ... Himself
Jimmy Hart Jimmy Hart ... Himself
Marilu Henner ... Herself
David Letterman ... Himself (archive footage)
Lance Russell Lance Russell ... Himself
Robin Williams ... Himself
Bob Zmuda ... Himself
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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 Pat McCurry <ccgrad97@aol.com>

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USA

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English

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1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Andy Kaufman: I'm from Hollywood See more »

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1.33 : 1
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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 »

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Referenced in A Day in the Life of a Professional Wrestler (2010) See more »

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the untethered Andy Kaufman
28 November 2010 | by mjneu59See all my reviews

Viewers unfamiliar with the late Andy Kaufman might appreciate this enlightening glimpse at his unique (if indefinable) comic personality, detailing his exploits as the self-crowned 'inter-gender wrestling champion' of the world. Because any man would no doubt have beaten him to a pulp, Kaufman extended his competitive challenge only to (mostly smaller) women, but what began as an inflammatory prank soon evolved, in the words of Robin Williams, "from comedy to Roman Circus". Of course the real challenge was to audiences wondering if he was serious or not. Kaufman never pretended to be a conventional stand-up comedian so much as a masochistic exhibitionist, who liked to carry his 'act' into the outer limits of entertainment by refusing to admit the joke. And make no mistake, it might have become an obsession but it was, at the same time, a joke: note the ironic repetition of his brag "I'm from Hollywood!" (as if that somehow proved his superiority), and his facetious celebrity habit of suing everyone in sight. If nothing else he proved the truth behind the famous P.T. Barnum maxim: there is indeed a sucker born every minute, at least among wrestling fans in Memphis, Tennessee.


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