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.
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R (for language and brief sexuality/nudity)
Genre:
Comedy , Drama
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Cast

Carol Kane
as herself
Caroline Rhea
as Friday's Melanie
David Koechner
as National Enqurier Reporter
Michael Kelly
as Michael Kaufman
Patton Oswalt
as Blue Collar Guy
Jim Carrey
as Andy Kaufman/Tony Clifton
Danny DeVito
as George Shapiro
Marilu Henner
as herself
Norm Macdonald
as Michael Richards
Richard Belzer
as Himself
Peter Bonerz
as Ed. Weinberger
Paul Giamatti
as Bob Zmuda
Courtney Love
as Lynn Margulies
Mews Small
as TM Administrator
Jeff Conaway
as himself
Tracey Walter
as National Enquirer Editor
Mary Lynn Rajskub
as Friday's Mary
Pamela Abdy
as Diane Barnett
Brent Briscoe
as Heavyset Technician
Judd Hirsch
as himself
Vincent Schiavelli
as Maynard Smith
Sydney Lassick
as Crystal Healer
Greg Travis
as ABC Executive
Marilyn Sokol
as Madamme
Jeanine Jackson
as National Enquirer Reporter
Brian Peck
as Friday's Announcer
Miles Chapin
as SNL Assistant
Leslie Lyles
as Janice Kaufman
Bobby Boriello
as Young Andy
Johnny Legend
as Wild-Haired Guru
Conrad Roberts
as College Promoter
Christina Cabot
as Meditation Student
Michael Villani
as Merv Griffin
Angela Jones
as Hooker
Gerry Becker
as Stanley Kaufman
Bob Zmuda
as Jack Burns
David Elliott
as TM Administrator
Max Alexander
as Harrah's Booker
Jerry Lawler
as himself
Matt Price
as Meditation Student
Karen Martin
as New York City Rockette
Melinda Songer
as New York City Rockette
Danielle Burgio
as New York City Rockette
Jessica Moore
as New York City Rockette
Heath Hyche
as Merv's Guest Coordinator
J. Alan Thomas
as Himself
Randall Carver
as Himself
Jack Burns
as Bob Zmuda
Maureen Mueller
as ABC Executive
Kelly Jones
as New York City Rockette
Kelly Sheerin
as New York City Rockette
Gerry Robert Byrne
as Taxi AD/Stage Manager
Howdy Doody
as Himself
George Shapiro
as Club Owner
Howard West
as ABC Executive
Molly Schaffer
as Maynard Smith's Assistant
Mark Davenport
as LA Times Reporter
Caroline Gibson
as Sorority Girl
Lea Sullivan
as Tony Clifton Dancer
Jeff Thomas
as Andy's Stand-In
Lance Russell
as Ring Announcer
Gene Lebell
as Foxy Jackson Referee
Mando Guerrero
as Jerry Lawler Referee
Billy Lucas
as Taxi Security Guard
Ed Mitchell
as Harrah's Conductor
Philip Perlman
as Mama Rivoli's Angry Guy
Budd Friedman
as Himself
Fred Scialla
as Stand-In (Danny DeVito)
Fredd Wayne
as Bland Doctor
Eva Jenickova
as Tony Clifton Dancer
Patricia Scanlon
as Ed Weinberger's Secretary
Melanie A. Gage
as New York City Rockette
Melissa Carrey
as Comedy Store Waitress
Linda Cevallos
as New York City Rockette
Kelly Cooper
as Tony Clifton Dancer
Michon Suyama
as New York City Rockette
Katie Miller
as New York City Rockette
Rob Steiner
as Friday's Control Booth Tech
Amy Tinkham
as Tony Clifton Dancer
Ladi von Jansky
as Stadium Photographer
Catherine Hader
as New York City Rockette
Alison Simpson
as New York City Rockette
James Ross
as Wrestling Commentator
Tom Dreesen
as Comic
Maria Elena Maglaris
as Irate Merv Spectator
Darryl "DJ" Johnson
as Comedy Store Waiter
April Nixon
as Tony Clifton Dancer
Lonnie Hamilton
as Taxi Security Guard
Ray Bokhour
as Blue Collar Guy
Isadore Rosenfeld
as ABC Executive
Natalie Webb
as New York City Rockette
Teresa Chapman
as Tony Clifton Dancer
Jacqueline Case
as Tony Clifton Dancer
Betsy Chang
as New York City Rockette
Mia Pitts
as New York City Rockette
Melanie Vesey
as Carol Kaufman
Brittany Colonna
as Baby Carol Kaufman
Jessica Devlin
as Mama Rivoli's Diner
Howard Keystone
as Taxi Marching Man
Jeff Zabel
as College Student
Bert F. Balsam
as Taxi Security Guard
Ron Sanchez
as Taxi Security Guard
Robert Holeman
as Boxing Trainer
Tamara Bossett
as Foxy Jackson
Phil Lenkowsky
as Friday's Tech Director
Claudia Jaffee
as Friday's Floor Director
K.P. Palmer
as Memphis Paramedic
Mark Majetti
as Memphis Paramedic
Deana Ann Aburto
as Memphis Paramedic
Doris Eaton Travis
as Eleanor Gould
Greg Sutton
as Carnegie Hall Conductor
Yoshi Jenkins
as Jun Roxas
Lance Alarcon
as Comedy Store Patron
Tabatha Mays
as New York City Rockette
Jennifer Chavarria
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
Betsy Harris
as New York City Rockette
Tricia Lilly
as New York City Rockette
Michelle Swanson
as New York City Rockette
Natalie Mills
as Tony Clifton Dancer
Karen Blake Challman
as Tony Clifton Dancer
Tiffany Olson
as Tony Clifton Dancer
Kathryn Rossberg
as Tony Clifton Dancer
Penny Fisher
as Tony Clifton Dancer
Karissa Seaman
as Tony Clifton Dancer
Lindsay Lopez
as Tony Clifton Dancer
Kristin K. Willits
as Tony Clifton Dancer
Greyson Erik Pendry
as Young Michael Kaufman
Thomas Armbruster
as Improv Piano Player
Wendy Polland
as Little Wendy
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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 23, 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.

December 31, 1999
New York Times
Top Critic

The crowning performance of Jim Carrey's career.

Full Review… | December 31, 1999
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.

December 31, 1999
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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