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My Favorite Year

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King Kaiser's Comedy Cavalcade goes on in minutes. But guest star Alan Swann is exiting the building. Fast. "I'm not an actor. I'm a movie star!" he bellows in stark fear. He just found out the show is live!

Directed by Richard Benjamin and inspired by incidents from comedy legend Mel Brooks' early career, My Favorite Year is a Golden Age revisited, a zany, misty-eyed tribute to TV's early days. Academy Award nominee Peter O'Toole plays Swann. Once a swashbuckling movie idol whose face was plastered on fan magazines, Swann is now mostly plastered. And it falls to Cavalcade's rookie writer (Mark Linn-Baker) to keep him on the sober and narrow. Don't touch that dial.


Studio Warner
SKU 206672131
UPC 085396540521
UPC 14 00085396540521
Format DVD
Release Date 5/23/2006
Rating Rating
Aspect Ratio
Anamorphic Widescreen  1.85:1
Cast & Crew
Charles Rosen - Production Designer
Dennis Palumbo - Writer
Gerald Hirschfeld - Cinematographer
Jessica Harper - Actor
Joseph Bologna - Actor
Mark Linn-Baker - Actor
Mel Brooks - Executive Producer
Michael Gruskoff - Producer
Norman Steinberg - Writer
Peter O'Toole - Actor
Ralph Burns - Original Music By
Richard Benjamin - Director
Richard Chew - Editor
Nominee (1983) Golden Globe, Peter O'Toole, Best Actor in a Motion Picture - Comedy/Musical,Golden Globe, Lainie Kazan, Best Actress in a Supporting Role - Motion Picture,Golden Globe, My Favorite Year, Best Motion Picture - Comedy/Musical,Oscar, Peter O'Toole, Best Actor in a Leading Role
Review Loosely based on Mel Brooks' experiences toiling as a young writer on Sid Caesar's legendary TV show, Your Show of Shows, My Favorite Year captures the essence of the high-wire act of live TV during one memorable week in the fall of 1954. On the King Kaiser Show, Kaiser (Joseph Bologna) truly is royalty, lording over those peasants that include his producer Leo Silver (legendary writer and lyricist Adolph Green) and his writing staff: head writer Sy Benson (Bill Macy), Alice Miller (Anne DeSalvo), the nearly mute Herb Lee (Basil Hoffman), and the baby of the group, Benjy Stone (Mark Linn-Baker). Kaiser brooks no dissent on his set, but he is a benevolent despot -- if he hurts your feelings, you may just be rewarded by the gift of a set of white-wall tires...The relationship that develops between Swann and Benjy isn't exactly surprising -- of course, Swann discovers his better self under Benjy's benevolent and adoring care, and, of course, Benjy grows up a little when he discerns his hero's feet of clay. But Benjamin's and screenwriters Dennis Palumbo and Norman Steinberg's affection for these characters is palpable; this is an enormously good-natured movie.
Reviewer Pam Grady
ReviewRating 9
Pauline Kael, 5001 Nights At The Movies A very funny picture. O'Toole is simply astounding.
VideoHound's Golden Movie Retriever Sterling performance from O'Toole...
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