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Man on the Moon (1999)

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Critic Consensus: Jim Carrey is eerily dead-on in his portrayal of Andy Kaufman, which helps to elevate Man on the Moon above the script's formulaic biopic cliches.

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Man on the Moon, starring Jim Carrey, as the late Andy Kaufman who was considered the most innovative, eccentric and enigmatic comic of his time. A master at provoking audiences, Kaufman could generate belly laughs, stony silence, tears or brawls. Danny DeVito also stars in Man on the Moon as Kaufman's manager, George Shapiro, with Courtney Love co-starring as Lynne Margulies, the woman who befriends and eventually falls in love with the comic. Paul Giamatti portrays Kaufman's best friend an d writer, Bob Zmuda. Well-known Vegas lounge singer Tony Clifton stars as himself.
Rating:
R (for language and brief sexuality/nudity)
Genre:
Comedy , Drama
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Cast

Jim Carrey
as Andy Kaufman/Tony Clifton
Danny DeVito
as George Shapiro
Courtney Love
as Lynn Margulies
Paul Giamatti
as Bob Zmuda
Vincent Schiavelli
as Maynard Smith
Peter Bonerz
as Ed. Weinberger
Leslie Lyles
as Janice Kaufman
Gerry Becker
as Stanley Kaufman
Greyson Erik Pendry
as Young Michael Kaufman
Bobby Boriello
as Young Andy
Judd Hirsch
as himself
George Shapiro
as Club Owner
Melanie Vesey
as Carol Kaufman
Michael Kelly
as Michael Kaufman
Marilu Henner
as herself
Carol Kane
as herself
Bob Zmuda
as Jack Burns
Budd Friedman
as Himself
Jeff Conaway
as himself
Tom Dreesen
as Comic
Norm Macdonald
as Michael Richards
Thomas Armbruster
as Improv Piano Player
Pamela Abdy
as Diane Barnett
Wendy Polland
as Little Wendy
Fred Scialla
as Stand-In (Danny DeVito)
Randall Carver
as Himself
J. Alan Thomas
as Himself
Richard Belzer
as Himself
Isadore Rosenfeld
as ABC Executive
Gerry Robert Byrne
as Taxi AD/Stage Manager
Jerry Lawler
as himself
Jack Burns
as Bob Zmuda
Brittany Colonna
as Baby Carol Kaufman
Matt Price
as Meditation Student
Christina Cabot
as Meditation Student
Miles Chapin
as SNL Assistant
Molly Schaffer
as Maynard Smith's Assistant
Howard West
as ABC Executive
Greg Travis
as ABC Executive
Maureen Mueller
as ABC Executive
Philip Perlman
as Mama Rivoli's Angry Guy
Jessica Devlin
as Mama Rivoli's Diner
Jeff Thomas
as Andy's Stand-In
Howard Keystone
as Taxi Marching Man
Howdy Doody
as Himself
Brent Briscoe
as Heavyset Technician
Ray Bokhour
as Blue Collar Guy
Patton Oswalt
as Blue Collar Guy
Caroline Gibson
as Sorority Girl
Conrad Roberts
as College Promoter
Jeff Zabel
as College Student
Marilyn Sokol
as Madamme
Angela Jones
as Hooker
Mark Davenport
as LA Times Reporter
Bert F. Balsam
as Taxi Security Guard
Lonnie Hamilton
as Taxi Security Guard
Ron Sanchez
as Taxi Security Guard
Billy Lucas
as Taxi Security Guard
Patricia Scanlon
as Ed Weinberger's Secretary
Max Alexander
as Harrah's Booker
Ed Mitchell
as Harrah's Conductor
Michael Villani
as Merv Griffin
Maria Elena Maglaris
as Irate Merv Spectator
Heath Hyche
as Merv's Guest Coordinator
Robert Holeman
as Boxing Trainer
James Ross
as Wrestling Commentator
Tamara Bossett
as Foxy Jackson
Gene Lebell
as Foxy Jackson Referee
Brian Peck
as Friday's Announcer
Caroline Rhea
as Friday's Melanie
Mary Lynn Rajskub
as Friday's Mary
Phil Lenkowsky
as Friday's Tech Director
Rob Steiner
as Friday's Control Booth Tech
Claudia Jaffee
as Friday's Floor Director
Mando Guerrero
as Jerry Lawler Referee
Lance Russell
as Ring Announcer
Ladi von Jansky
as Stadium Photographer
K.P. Palmer
as Memphis Paramedic
Mark Majetti
as Memphis Paramedic
Deana Ann Aburto
as Memphis Paramedic
Mews Small
as TM Administrator
David Elliott
as TM Administrator
Fredd Wayne
as Bland Doctor
Tracey Walter
as National Enquirer Editor
David Koechner
as National Enqurier Reporter
Jeanine Jackson
as National Enquirer Reporter
Johnny Legend
as Wild-Haired Guru
Doris Eaton Travis
as Eleanor Gould
Greg Sutton
as Carnegie Hall Conductor
Sydney Lassick
as Crystal Healer
Yoshi Jenkins
as Jun Roxas
Lance Alarcon
as Comedy Store Patron
Darryl "DJ" Johnson
as Comedy Store Waiter
Melissa Carrey
as Comedy Store Waitress
Danielle Burgio
as New York City Rockette
Karen Martin
as New York City Rockette
Linda Cevallos
as New York City Rockette
Tabatha Mays
as New York City Rockette
Betsy Chang
as New York City Rockette
Katie Miller
as New York City Rockette
Jennifer Chavarria
as New York City Rockette
Jessica Moore
as New York City Rockette
Shirry Dolgin
as New York City Rockette
Tara Nicole
as New York City Rockette
Lisa Eaton
as New York City Rockette
Mia Pitts
as New York City Rockette
Melanie A. Gage
as New York City Rockette
Kelly Sheerin
as New York City Rockette
Catherine Hader
as New York City Rockette
Alison Simpson
as New York City Rockette
Betsy Harris
as New York City Rockette
Melinda Songer
as New York City Rockette
Kelly Jones
as New York City Rockette
Michon Suyama
as New York City Rockette
Tricia Lilly
as New York City Rockette
Michelle Swanson
as New York City Rockette
Natalie Webb
as New York City Rockette
Jacqueline Case
as Tony Clifton Dancer
Natalie Mills
as Tony Clifton Dancer
Karen Blake Challman
as Tony Clifton Dancer
April Nixon
as Tony Clifton Dancer
Teresa Chapman
as Tony Clifton Dancer
Tiffany Olson
as Tony Clifton Dancer
Kelly Cooper
as Tony Clifton Dancer
Kathryn Rossberg
as Tony Clifton Dancer
Penny Fisher
as Tony Clifton Dancer
Karissa Seaman
as Tony Clifton Dancer
Eva Jenickova
as Tony Clifton Dancer
Lea Sullivan
as Tony Clifton Dancer
Lindsay Lopez
as Tony Clifton Dancer
Amy Tinkham
as Tony Clifton Dancer
Kristin K. Willits
as Tony Clifton Dancer
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Critic Reviews for Man on the Moon

All Critics (118) | Top Critics (31)

We're constantly kept guessing as to what's real or false. Intriguing.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

As drama, it's a near miss. Yet as an introduction -- or a reminder -- of a singular talent, it has its appeal.

Full Review… | June 18, 2002
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

Superficially clever yet profoundly shallow.

Full Review… | March 22, 2002
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

A formidable piece of work.

January 1, 2000
New York Times
Top Critic

The crowning performance of Jim Carrey's career.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
ReelViews
Top Critic

What is most wonderful about Man on the Moon, a very good film, is that it remains true to Kaufman's stubborn vision.

January 1, 2000
At the Movies
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Man on the Moon

Jim Carrey's uncanny impersonation of Andy Kaufman is both the film's grand triumph but also its potential downfall. There's nothing outside of his performance that gives "Man on the Moon" any substance. Milos Forman orchestrates the film like a hurried timeline of vignettes. It doesn't take you anywhere special. There's not a good sense of what made Kaufman tick. But there's enough in "Man on the Moon" to keep you watching as Kaufman was a fascinatingly unique individual and Carrey brings him to life. It's just that the life he's portraying doesn't reveal anything behind the genius.

Tony Gandía
Tony Gandía

Super Reviewer

½

Always is great see something about Andy Kaufman.

Lucas Martins
Lucas Martins

Super Reviewer

½

An intriguing look at the innovative, strange comic Andy Kaufman (Jim Carrey) and his trailblazing style that was greeted with a fair dose of confusion initially, before he became a huge hit given his original, if incredibly strange material. Carrey has never been better than he is here, with a brilliant, incredibly well realized performance that screams "Oscar!". This is one of those films that gets elevated by a special, truly unique performance. The movie does tend to flounder here and there, but right when it looks like it might turn into something utterly dull, Carrey rescues it. The direction is a little choppy and unfocused, but this movie deserves a look simply due to a remarkable turn from one of the best comedic actors out there (when he wants to be, at least).

Dan Schultz
Dan Schultz

Super Reviewer

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