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Memories of Me (1988)





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The bittersweet comedy Memories of Me stars Billy Crystal as Dr. Abbie Polin, a New York heart surgeon, long estranged from his father, Abe (Alan King). When the doctor suffers a mild heart attack, he tries to patch things up with his dad, hoping in this way to bring some equilibrium to his own life. This proves well-nigh impossible; Abe, the self-described "king of the Hollywood extras," is not only a play-actor in Tinseltown but in life itself, refusing to take on any real responsibilities, least of all the responsibility of parenthood. So far as Abe is concerned, his only "family" consists of his fellow extras. Though Abbie is extremely judgmental of his father, he himself is no prize in the commitment department, especially when dealing with his longtime lady friend (JoBeth Williams). Star/co-writer Crystal, co-star/co-producer King, and director Henry Winkler lay on the sentiment in thick, juicy slices toward the end. The final sequence in Memories of Me, a Felliniesque funeral, is very clever but somewhat out of synch with what has gone before. One of the film's highlights is a brief celebrity cameo by one of Alan King's "close personal friends."more
Rating: PG-13 (adult situations/language)
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Billy Crystal, Eric Roth
In Theaters:
On DVD: Apr 1, 2003
Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment


Billy Crystal
as Abbie, Dr. Abbie Pol...
Sean Connery
as Sean Connery
Janet Carroll
as Dorothy Davis
David Ackroyd
as 1st Assistant Direct...
Phil Fondacaro
as Horace Bosco
Peter Elbing
as Director
Joe Shea
as Stan Kantor
Margarito Mendoza
as Mariachi Trumpet Pla...
Mark L. Taylor
as 2nd Assistant Direct...
Peter Elbling
as Director
Larry Cedar
as 1st Assistant Direct...
Noni White
as Waitress
Zachary Benjamin
as Young Abbie
Sue Rihr
as Shiela
Leigh Lombardi
as Soap Opera Nurse
Angela Clarke
as Mrs. Petrakis
Karl Lukas
as Bartender
David Correia
as Photographer
Ryan McWhorter
as Middle Abbie
Sidney Miller
as Slow-Burn
Michael Harte
as Receptionist
Rusty Schwimmer
as Strawberry
Cory Danziger
as Older Abbie
Joseph Medalis
as Sallow Man
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All Critics (5) | Top Critics (4)

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Sun-Times
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Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
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Full Review… | January 10, 2004
Chicago Reader
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Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
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November 1, 2005

Audience Reviews for Memories of Me

More "remember the Borscht Belt, man, those were the days!" schtick from Billy Crystal, this time with Alan King, as if one schticker wasn't enough.

Kevin M. Williams

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