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My Favorite Year (1982)

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In Richard Benjamin's directorial debut, Mark Linn-Baker stars as Benjy Stone, junior writer on the popular 1950s TV comedy/variety series The King Kaiser Show. Kaiser (Joseph Bologna)'s guest star this week is Hollywood matinee idol Alan Swann (Peter O'Toole), a swashbuckling Errol Flynn type, right down to his indiscriminate womanizing and fondness for mass quantities of booze. Stone is assigned to keep the actor out of trouble during rehearsals and deliver him sober to the performance.

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Comedy

Dennis Palumbo

Jul 9, 2002

MGM Home Entertainment

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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.

August 16, 2011 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com
EmanuelLevy.Com

An excellent vehicle for O'Toole to shine in a tour de force performance.

June 14, 2006 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Wildly enjoyable comedy with great O'Toole performance.

May 12, 2003
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Portrays the golden age of television in a warmly affectionate light, while delivering the criminally entertaining Peter O'Toole at his most devilishly charming.

July 26, 2002 Full Review Source: Apollo Guide
Apollo Guide

...an affectionate look back on those golden years of live TV...a delightful little romp.

July 4, 2002
Movie Metropolis

Audience Reviews for My Favorite Year

Absolutely charming. Peter O'Toole gives a fantastic performance as an Errol Flynn facsimile named Alan Swan.
March 1, 2008
kenstachnik

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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.
November 22, 2007
YosemiteSamFan

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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.
April 4, 2007
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jay nixon

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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!
June 12, 2008
hypathio7

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    1. Alan Swann: I didn't marry any of them. They married me.
    – Submitted by Frances H (3 months ago)
    1. Alan Swann: Dying is easy. Comedy is hard.
    – Submitted by Frances H (3 months ago)
    1. Sy Benson: It's not acting. It's kissing and jumping and drinking and humping.
    – Submitted by Frances H (3 months ago)
    1. Belle Carroca: Welcome to our humble chapeau.
    2. Benjy Stone: Two years at the Sorbonne and she still can't get it right.
    – Submitted by Angie R (17 months ago)
    1. Benjy Stone: [about to throw up] Mr. Swann, I think I am going to be unwell.
    2. Alan Swann: Stone, women are unwell, men vomit.
    – Submitted by ?????? ? (21 months ago)
    1. Alan Swann: I'm not an actor; I'm a movie star!
    – Submitted by Lidia B (2 years ago)
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