Mr. Saturday Night

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Billy Crystal's flawed directorial debut can't seem to decide whether it wants the viewer to love its protagonist or hate him, but it features fine work from Crystal and his co-stars.



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Comedian Billy Crystal made his directorial debut with this biography of fictional comedian Buddy Young Jr. (portrayed by Crystal himself), whose self-destructive tendencies prevent him from rising to top of the show business ladder during his five-decade career.

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Billy Crystal
as Buddy Young Jr.
David Paymer
as Stan Yankelman
Mary Mara
as Susan
Jerry Orbach
as Phil Gussman
Ron Silver
as Larry Meyerson
Jason Marsden
as Abie (age 15)
Michael Weiner
as Stan (Age 18)
Larry Gelman
as Mr. Gimbel
Kay Freeman
as Mrs. Gimbel
William Wendell
as Announcer
Will Jordan
as Ed Sullivan
Jerry Lewis
as Himself
Phil Foreman
as Uncle Julius
Howard Mann
as Stage Manager
Julius Branca
as Stage Manager
Liz Georges
as Script Girl
Hartley Haverty
as Susan (age 6)
Josh Byrne
as Abie (age 6)
Ben Diskin
as Stan (age 6)
Phil Forman
as Uncle Julius
Michael Ben-Edward
as Fat Guy in Audience
Mark Lonow
as Producer
Conrad Janis
as Director
Marc Shaiman
as Lucky Zinberg
Cantor Chayim Frenkel
as Cantor at Funeral
Jan Lucas
as Karen
Peter Kim
as 1st Korean
Greg Paik
as 2nd Korean
Miranda Garrison
as Apacke Dancer
Alberto Toledano
as Apacke Dancer
Richard Kind
as Reporter
Edith Fields
as Woman in Commercial
Adam Goldberg
as Eugene Gimbel
Maria A. Ferrari Olivo
as Fat Guy's Wife
Talbot Perry Simons
as Man at Catskills
Lonnie Burr
as TV Show Dancer
Randy Doney
as TV Show Dancer
Joe A. Giamalva
as TV Show Dancer
Birl Johns
as TV Show Dancer
Bert Copello
as Sullivan A.D.
Lindsay Crystal
as Screaming Girl
Jerry Gadette
as Stage Hand
William Yamadera
as Japanese Client
Lowell Ganz
as 1st Writer
Babaloo Mandel
as 2nd Writer
Gary Grossman
as Backstage Man
Bob Yerkes
as Acrobat
Steven Kravitz
as Young Comic
Steve Kravitz
as Young Comic
Randy Crenshaw
as `Buddy Buddy' Singer
Geoff Koch
as `Buddy Buddy' Singer
Steve Lively
as `Buddy Buddy' Singer
Rick Logan
as `Buddy Buddy' Singer
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Critic Reviews for Mr. Saturday Night

All Critics (26) | Top Critics (3)

in Mr. Saturday Night, Billy Crystal nimbly makes the big leap from amiable (if sometimes irritating) funny man to serious, but not-too-serious filmmaker.

May 29, 2018 | Full Review…

Billy Crystall's feature directorial debut is a misfire: As an actor, he's too likable to play the egotistical comedian who torments everyone around him for the sake of his career.

Jan 30, 2007 | Rating: D+ | Full Review…

One of the best, if not the best, film of Billy Crystal's career

Jun 11, 2005 | Rating: 3/5

Maybe a guitly pleasure, but I really enjoy this movie.

Nov 17, 2004 | Rating: 4/5

Great performances, flawed script.

Jun 19, 2003 | Rating: 3/5

A good idea, but somehow unfocused. Crystal can't make up his mind if he wants you to love or hate his Buddy Young Jr.

Dec 19, 2002 | Rating: 2/5

Audience Reviews for Mr. Saturday Night

Although I really liked David Paymer in this film, I think that Crystal didn't achieve what he wanted to achieve in his biopic of Buddy Young. Working on both sides of the camera, Crystal achieves run of the mill at best.

John Ballantine
John Ballantine

Super Reviewer

billy crystal as a old timed hillarious jerry seinfeld. A

Juan Charqueno
Juan Charqueno

Super Reviewer

A old comic tries to jump-start his failing career. Only a flawed ending keeps this from being Mr. Crystal's great shining moment. Still it's the best he's done in my opinion, and the supporting cast is more than adequate. David Paymer, as the long suffering second banana, particularly is wonderful.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

Fluctuates between actually interesting and self-indulgently dull. However, a mostly interesting and mostly dramatic look at comedy and what drives people to make a career out of that craziness.The movie has a strong supporting cast, especially David Paymer as the long suffering brother/agent. Crystal gets by.

Sean Scobie
Sean Scobie

Super Reviewer

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