Man on the Moon

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Overview

Comedian Andy Kaufman gave performances that were bizarre and difficult to categorize, in which he might do or say almost anything: show cartoons, impersonate Elvis Presley, play conga drums while singing children's songs, read aloud from The Great Gatsby, or take the audience out for milk and cookies. Written by Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski and directed by Milos Forman the team behind The People vs. Larry Flynt 1996, this biopic takes an in-depth look at Kaufman's life and art, with Jim Carrey as ...
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Overview

Comedian Andy Kaufman gave performances that were bizarre and difficult to categorize, in which he might do or say almost anything: show cartoons, impersonate Elvis Presley, play conga drums while singing children's songs, read aloud from The Great Gatsby, or take the audience out for milk and cookies. Written by Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski and directed by Milos Forman the team behind The People vs. Larry Flynt 1996, this biopic takes an in-depth look at Kaufman's life and art, with Jim Carrey as Kaufman, who could and would be any number of different people onstage: the quiet and childlike man, the little foreign guy, the overbearing showbiz "professional," the violently obnoxious wrestler, or the world's worst lounge singer. As Kaufman rose from comedy clubs to guest appearances on Saturday Night Live and a spot on the TV sitcom Taxi, his performances became more complex and dangerous -- so much so that when word got out in 1984 that he was suffering from lung cancer, many fans and associates thought it was just another bizarre stunt; the disease took his life later that year. Man on the Moon features Danny De Vito as Kaufman's manager George Shapiro, Courtney Love as his girlfriend Lynne Margulies, Paul Giamatti as his friend Bob Zmuda, and David Letterman, Judd Hirsch, Marilu Henner, Carol Kane, and Christopher Lloyd as themselves.
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Editorial Reviews

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Even those who didn't particularly care for Andy Kaufman will be astounded by Jim Carrey's inspired portrayal of the late comedian in this superb biopic. Kaufman, who infused stand-up comedy with performance art often to the befuddlement and irritation of his audiences, achieved enduring success as the lovable Latka on Taxi. But, as Man on the Moon reveals, he chafed at the restrictions imposed by formula-bound episodic television, and experimented with bizarre comic stylings. Carrey re-creates Kaufman's signature routines -- and Andy's obnoxious alter ego, nightclub singer Tony Clifton -- with amazing fidelity, and impressive supporting turns are contributed by Courtney Love, Danny De Vito, and Paul Giamatti. Although director Milos Forman One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest struggles to capture the essence of Kaufman offstage, he wisely allows Carrey free reign in replicating Andy's most memorable bits, which are largely responsible for making Man on the Moon such a remarkable film.
All Movie Guide - Lucia Bozzola
Another oddball biopic by the writers of Ed Wood (1994) and The People Vs. Larry Flynt (1996), Man on the Moon (1999) attempts to take on the willfully unfathomable Andy Kaufman. Eschewing explanations of a man who blurred all lines between "self" and "performance," director Milos Forman and writers Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski opt instead to simply portray Kaufman's bizarre existence and premature death. Kaufman's singular mode of self-presentation, however, does not always comfortably fit Hollywood bio conventions; still, Jim Carrey's masterful portrayal of Kaufman (with the star reportedly fully immersed in character off as well as onscreen) makes his famous routines come to life, even as the "inner" Kaufman remains a mystery. Paul Giamatti provides strong support as Kaufman's friend, collaborator, and co-conspirator Bob Zmuda, as do Danny De Vito as Kaufman's manager and Courtney Love as Kaufman's girlfriend. Kaufman proved to be as much a niche attraction at the movies as he had been in life; Man on the Moon sputtered at the box office despite Carrey's presence. Though he won a Golden Globe, Carrey was passed over for an Oscar nomination, as he was the year before with The Truman Show.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/30/2000
  • UPC: 096898444033
  • Original Release: 1999
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  • Source: Universal Studios
  • Aspect Ratio: Priced for Rental Market
  • Presentation: Priced for Rental Market
  • Format: VHS

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jim Carrey Andy Kaufman
Danny DeVito George Shapiro
Courtney Love Lynne Margulies
Paul Giamatti Bob Zmuda
Vincent Schiavelli Maynard Smith
Peter Bonerz Ed Weinberger
Jerry Lawler himself
Gerry Becker Stanley Kaufman
Leslie Lyles Janice Kaufman
George Shapiro Club Owner
Judd Hirsch himself
Christopher Lloyd himself
Marilu Henner herself
Carol Kane herself
Jeff Conaway himself
David Letterman himself
Norm MacDonald Michael Richards
Lorne Michaels himself
Mary Lynn Rajskub Friday's Mary
Christina Cabot Meditation Student
Fred Scialla Stand-In (Danny DeVito)
Technical Credits
Milos Forman Director
Pamela Abdy Associate Producer
Scott Alexander Screenwriter
Ron Bochar Sound Editor
Patrizia Von Brandenstein Production Designer
Anita Camarata Musical Direction/Supervision
Danny DeVito Producer
Kathleen Driscoll-Mohler Casting
Scott Ferguson Associate Producer
Michael Hausman Executive Producer
Larry Karaszewski Screenwriter
Lynzee Klingman Editor
Raymond Kluga Art Director
Jeffrey Kurland Costumes/Costume Designer
Francine Maisler Casting
David McGiffert Asst. Director
Anastas Michos Cinematographer
Maria Nay Set Decoration/Design
Chris Newman Sound/Sound Designer
R.E.M. Songwriter
Michael Shamberg Producer
George Shapiro Executive Producer
Stacey Sher Producer
Christopher Tellefsen Editor
James F. Truesdale Art Director
Howard West Executive Producer
Karin Wiesel Set Decoration/Design
Bob Zmuda Executive Producer
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