- Rated: R
- Run Time: 1 hours, 59 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: June 4, 2002
- Originally Released: 1992
- Label: MGM (Video & DVD)
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Packaging: Keep Case
- Single Side - Dual Layer
- Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic Widescreen - 1.85
- Aspect Ratio: Letterbox - 1.85
- Dolby Digital Stereo - English
- Dolby Digital Stereo - French
- Mono - Spanish
- Additional Release Material:
- Trailers: Original Theatrical Trailer
Performers, Cast and Crew:
Premiere - 11/01/1994
"...As sharp as a wicked one-liner..."
Rolling Stone - 10/29/1992
"...[Crystal] is explosively funny..."
New York Times - 09/23/1992
"...Evidence of just how funny [Crystal] can be..."
Entertainment Weekly - 10/04/1996
"...Hunt leavens the maudlin sentiment with no-nonsense determination..." -- Rating: B
Los Angeles Times - 09/23/1992
"...This is as funny a film as Crystal has done..."
Chicago Sun-Times - 09/23/1992
"...This has a real poignancy....Crystal plays Buddy with love and perception, finding the rhythms of the old comedian, combining them with the double-reverse irony of Borscht Belt humor..."
Billy Crystal stars as the legendary Buddy Young, Jr. An ambitious, wise-cracking comic who claws his way to the top with the help of his brother/manager, who's always ready to catch him when he falls. Academy Award Nominations: Best Supporting Actor--David Paymer.
In the 1990's, aging comedian Buddy Young, Jr. attempts a comeback while reminiscing about his show-biz beginnings and his glory days in the 1950s. Through his selfishness and abusiveness, he has alienated his family, his employers, and his friends. Despite all of this, Buddy's brother and manager Stan has been the one constant all through the years, sticking with him and serving his every whim.
Family Interaction |
- Directorial debut for Billy Crystal. Crystal first unveiled his character, Buddy Young, Jr., on the 1982 HBO comedy special "A Comic's Line" and utilized him again on "Saturday Night Live." In 1986, Crystal's HBO special "Don't Get Me Started," also featured Young; the show won an ACE award.
- Rabbi Gilbert Kollin served as Rabbinical Consultant. Bernard Hiller was the Yiddish Dialogue Coach.
- Shot in Technicolor. Titles and Opticals by Pacific Title.
- Rated BBFC 15 by the British Board of Film Classification.
- Laserdisc includes never-before-seen footage selected and hosted by Crystal.