Man on the Moon (1999)

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The life and career of legendary comedian Andy Kaufman.

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Director:

Milos Forman

Writers:

Scott Alexander, Larry Karaszewski

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30 December 1999 | hoscheit
Hmmm...
Having liked the contrived Latka Gravas, but never really knowing much more about Andy Kaufman than the Headlines, Man on the Moon offered some incredible depictions of this one of a kind enigma.

I was never a big fan of his off-Taxi antics, but then again, Man on the Moon made it clear that I simply did not understand them. I'm not any more of a Kaufman fan than I've been, but Man on the Moon has left me with an incredible appreciation for his genius.

Jim Carrey's performance is chilling. His normal on-screen presence has often made it hard for me to see him as the characters he's played. This time, I forgot that I was watching an actor portraying Andy Kaufman. It was frighteningly good. The entire supporting cast was just as stellar.

Though interesting throughout, mostly because it explained so much that I never knew about events that were so highly publicized, Man on the Moon's amazing insight into the "why" behind the "what" of his antics completely left out the "why" behind the "what" of the person. I now know a lot about what he did, but I still know very little about who he was.

If the creators' intent was to let the world get to know Andy Kaufman the man, then I think the film missed its mark. However, that has nothing to do with the fact that it was an outstanding film in every way. It would be as unfair to detract from the film for this as it would be to call a hammer useless because it doesn't drill holes. A film isn't about what I expect, it's about what it is. In this case, it's astounding from beginning to end.

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Did You Know?

Trivia

This was the first Jim Carrey movie since he became a star in the mid 90s that didn't open to first place. It's also his first flop since being unknown to the public in the 80s.


Quotes

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 ...


Goofs

Jim Ross was not the ringside announcer during the Jerry Lawler vs Andy Kaufman match in Memphis. Lance Russell was the ring announcer and ringside announcer.


Crazy Credits

In the beginning credits, Howdy Doody is also credited as "Himself."


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.


Soundtracks

La Cumparsita
(1916)
Written by
Gerardo Matos Rodríguez (as G.H. Matos Rodriguez)
Performed by Jose Basso & His Orchestra
Courtesy of Capitol Records
Under license from EMI-Capitol Special Markets

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Biography | Comedy | Drama

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