My Favorite Year (1982)




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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

Rating: PG (adult situations/language)
Genre: Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Dennis Palumbo, Norman Steinberg
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jul 9, 2002
MGM Home Entertainment


as Alan Swann

as Benjy Stone

as K.C. Downing

as King Kaiser

as Sy Benson

as Belle Carroca

as Alice Miller

as Herb Lee

as Uncle Morty

as Leo Silver

as Alfie Bumbacelli

as Alfie Bumbacelli

as Myron Fein

as Karl Rojeck

as Lord Drummond

as Lady Eleanor

as Cubby Brown

as Stage Manager

as Fed. Marshal Holt

as 1st Member

as Dumpling

as Federal Marshal Holt

as Gossip Columnist

as Delivery Boy

as Alvin Horn

as Mrs. Horn

as Club Dancer

as Orchestra Leader

as Rookie Carroca

as Mrs. Kessler

as Mr. Berkowitz

as Mr. Cantor

as Scalfoni

as 1st Stockbroker

as 2nd Stockbroker

as Policeman

as Technical Director

as Make-up Man

as 2nd Thug

as 3rd Thug

as 4th Thug

as 1st Stagehand

as 2nd Stagehand
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Critic Reviews for My Favorite Year

All Critics (27) | Top Critics (4)

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

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

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