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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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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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Storyline

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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Taglines:

"Hello, my name is Andy and this is my website." (official site) See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Country:

UK | Germany | Japan | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 December 1999 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Andy Kaufman See more »

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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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Trivia

This was Doris Eaton's first film since 1929. Her appearance in Reckless Decision (1933) was recycled footage from Tell Your Children (1922). Jim Carrey spotted her at the Broadway Cares/Equity Fights A.I.D.S. benefit and offered her a role in this film. See more »

Goofs

Well before his Saturday Night Live begins, Andy is seen doing his classic impression of "Mr. Carter, the president." Jimmy Carter was not yet even running for president at the time, and didn't get the office until halfway through the program's second season. 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

References The Mighty Mouse Playhouse (1955) See more »

Soundtracks

Jailhouse Rock
(1957)
Written by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller
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This is a story about a man who lived and died without being understood.
5 January 2000 | by I Live 4 MoviesSee all my reviews

It is truly sad that we have to wait until a person is dead and gone to give him or her the honor they should have received while alive. Andy Kaufman was a man of many talents, and I saw him only as this funny little man on a TV show called, "Taxi" with a cute accent. Who could not fall in love with that person he was on "Taxi"? He was cute, honest, kind, and funny! Who knew that while we were all at home laughing, he was crying on the inside because that wasn't who he was, nor wanted to be. I went to see this movie about a person who was famous for his "Elvis" personation, and his little record player, doing the "Mighty Mouse" skit on Saturday Night Live, never to forget "Latka" on "Taxi." He was a man of many talents, so many that the world never knew about, so many that only Andy knew who he really was. Jim Carrey allowed us to come into Andy Kaufman's mind, and realize that this grown man lived in another place, another time, an entire other world where Andy was free, and there was peace, and where everyone never grew up, they stayed children playing "pretend" forever.

Jim Carrey put himself into this part, he lived this role... He was Andy Kaufman. Carrey was able to show me a whole new light on this man I thought I knew. This funny man who could make you laugh just by walking on stage. Jim Carrey showed us that who we saw, was not the man we thought we knew. And it took his death to show the world that Andy Kaufman was in fact a human being, who just needed a hug, and a chance at what he did best.

This sadness me to realize that our joy brought this man pain, who we wanted was not who he wanted to be, and I think everyone should be able to live the dream they choose. I never cry at movies, because I am able to pull myself back and remind myself that it is just a movie, and those are just actors. Jim was Andy, and what I saw was too true for me to tell myself, "It's only a movie."

This is a story about a man who lived and died without being understood. I cry for the person Carrey brought us into, the life he showed us that was hidden for too long. No one could have given Andy such a life as Carrey did. This movie is not a normal movie, it is art in the most beautiful form imaginable. To sit in a theater and be at aw... for two hours is amazing! I only wish we had known Andy Kaufman when he was truly alive. Now it is too late, the curtain has gone down...


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