My Favorite Year

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My Favorite Year is a joyful ode to the early days of television, carried with a deft touch and Peter O'Toole's uproariously funny performance.

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Fledgling comic Benjy Stone (Mark Linn-Baker) can't believe his luck when his childhood hero, the swashbuckling matinee idol Alan Swann (Peter O'Toole), gets booked to appear on the variety show he writes for. But when Swann arrives, he fails to live up to his silver screen image. Instead, he's a drunken womanizer who suffers from stage fright. Benjy is assigned to look after him before the show, and it's all he can do to keep his former idol from going completely off the rails.

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Critic Reviews for My Favorite Year

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  • Jul 16, 2020
    Richard Benjamin directs this insightful look at the American culture of hero worship, be the hero either real or created. Peter O'Toole plays a movie star hero, an Errol Flynn-in-his-twilight-years surrogate, a lost soul, a wandering star, roaming from place to place, accepting undeserved admiration with all the drunken grace he can muster, all too aware that he is only human. The scene is Sid Caesar's Your Show of Shows, one of the most popular teevee shows of the time, the budding years of the new all pervasive medium. Can a movie star past his prime succeed in a filmed live medium? Bolstered by a barrage of New York Jewish style comedy (is there any other kind?) and on-the-money portrayals by a marvelous supporting cast, this is an unfortunately forgotten gem from the 80's that should not be missed.
    Kevin M. W Super Reviewer
  • May 26, 2010
    Excellent Peter O' Toole. The supporting cast and the story work as a vehicle for him to do his thing--and does he ever!
    Morris N Super Reviewer
  • May 03, 2010
    A delightfully, zany film and one of my personal favorite comedies of all time. A wonderful reminder of the glorious days of live television, the time is 1954 a young writer Benjy Stone, played terrifically by Mark Linn-Baker who works for TV's top show is given the job to chaperoning that week's guest star, a real skirt chaser with a big drinking problem who is notoriously unreliable, Alan Swann a legendary screen swashbuckler played by Peter O' Toole who is absolutely magnificent in comic tour-de-force performance. Stone must make sure that the tipsy Swann shows for rehearsals and the final production. Brilliant supporting performances Jessica Harper, Joseph Bologna, Bill Macy, Lainie Kazan, Anne De Salvo, Lou Jacobi, Apolph, Selma Diamond, Cameron Mitchell, and a smashing directorial debut by Richard Benjamin. Exquisite period detail and a intelligent screenplay, that is full of priceless moments and witty one liners. This is a heartfelt funny movie that works, thanks to the charisma and professionalism of it's star Peter O 'Toole. Highly Recommended.
    Danny R Super Reviewer
  • Jan 01, 2010
    This film is a delight, pure & simple. Peter O'Toole's performance is almost perfect, with just the right balance of humour, drama & pathos. This under-valued classic really desreves more recognition than it ever has received.
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