My Favorite Year (1982)
It is 1954, and the larger-than-life, swahbuckling movie star Alan Swann is set to make his first television appearance on the hugely popular show, The Comedy Cavalcade. Given Swann's reputation as a wild, unpredictable alcoholic, the producers give their new writer, young Benjy Stone, the job of babysitting Swann and getting him to the show on time and sober. The experience is far more stressful than Benjy expected, but after some adventures, he and Swann both learn some valuable lessons and develop a friendship. … More
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Critic Reviews for My Favorite Year
Peter O'Toole received an Oscar nomination for playing an eccentric womanizer and boozy star (modeled on Errol Flynn) in this charming comedy set in the 1950s.
An excellent vehicle for O'Toole to shine in a tour de force performance.
Wildly enjoyable comedy with great O'Toole performance.
Portrays the golden age of television in a warmly affectionate light, while delivering the criminally entertaining Peter O'Toole at his most devilishly charming.
...an affectionate look back on those golden years of live TV...a delightful little romp.
Audience Reviews for My Favorite Year
Absolutely charming. Peter O'Toole gives a fantastic performance as an Errol Flynn facsimile named Alan Swan.More
A tribute to the golden age of live television. Peter O'Toole plays "Swann", a great drunken washed-up actor. It's got some fun comical scenes.More
Starts a little slowly but once Peter O'Toole appears sweeps you up and charms you all the way to the can't help but smile conclusion. Look for Gloria Stuart in the cafe scene.More
I love The Sid Caesar Show and Your Show of Shows, the original sketch comedy show, which Carol Burnett and then Saturday Night Live carried on. Those early sketch shows started the careers of many famous writers and comedians. Mel Brooks was one, and this movie is based on a story he wrote about his experiences writing in those early days of TV. I had high expectations, but was disappointed. I haven't been a fan of Peter O'Toole just because his performances usually bother me in their delivery. This was no different. Overall, all the other performances and the story just weren't that funny!More
My Favorite Year Quotes
- Alan Swann:
- I didn't marry any of them. They married me.
- Alan Swann:
- Dying is easy. Comedy is hard.
- Sy Benson:
- It's not acting. It's kissing and jumping and drinking and humping.
- Belle Carroca:
- Welcome to our humble chapeau.
- Benjy Stone:
- Two years at the Sorbonne and she still can't get it right.
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