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My Favorite Year (1982)


Average Rating: 7.9/10
Reviews Counted: 22
Fresh: 22
Rotten: 0

Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.

No critic reviews yet...

Release Date: Oct 1, 1982 Wide


Average Rating: 3.8/5
User Ratings: 4,671



Movie Info

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 … More

PG (adult situations/language)
Directed By:
Written By:
Dennis Palumbo
In Theaters:
Jul 9, 2002
MGM Home Entertainment


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Critic Reviews for My Favorite Year

All Critics (27) | Top Critics (4) | Fresh (22) | Rotten (0) | DVD (13)

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.

Full Review… | August 16, 2011

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

Full Review… | June 14, 2006
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.

Full Review… | July 26, 2002
Apollo Guide 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.

Ken Stachnik

Super Reviewer


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.

Lafe Fredbjornson

Super Reviewer

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.

jay nixon

Super Reviewer


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!

Byron Brubaker

Super Reviewer

My Favorite Year Quotes

Alan Swann:
I didn't marry any of them. They married me.
– Submitted by Frances H (9 months ago)
Alan Swann:
Dying is easy. Comedy is hard.
– Submitted by Frances H (9 months ago)
Sy Benson:
It's not acting. It's kissing and jumping and drinking and humping.
– Submitted by Frances H (9 months ago)
Belle Carroca:
Welcome to our humble chapeau.
Benjy Stone:
Two years at the Sorbonne and she still can't get it right.
– Submitted by Angie R (23 months ago)
Benjy Stone:
[about to throw up] Mr. Swann, I think I am going to be unwell.
Alan Swann:
Stone, women are unwell, men vomit.
– Submitted by ?????? ? (2 years ago)
Alan Swann:
I'm not an actor; I'm a movie star!
– Submitted by Lidia B (2 years ago)

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