My Favorite Year (1982) - Rotten Tomatoes

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


Peter O'Toole
as Alan Swann
Mark Linn-Baker
as Benjy Stone
Jessica Harper
as K.C. Downing
Joseph Bologna
as King Kaiser
Bill Macy
as Sy Benson
Lainie Kazan
as Belle Carroca
Anne De Salvo
as Alice Miller
Basil Hoffman
as Herb Lee
Lou Jacobi
as Uncle Morty
Adolph Green
as Leo Silver
Tony DiBenedetto
as Alfie Bumbacelli
George Wyner
as Myron Fein
Cameron Mitchell
as Karl Rojeck
George Marshall Ruge
as Lord Drummond
Barbra Horan
as Lady Eleanor
John Welsh
as Cubby Brown
Richard Brestoff
as Stage Manager
Philip Bruns
as Fed. Marshal Holt
Jed Mills
as 1st Member
Teresa Ganzel
as Dumpling
Phil Bruns
as Federal Marshal Holt
C. Eleanor Heutschy
as Gossip Columnist
Archie Hahn III
as Delivery Boy
Bob Windsor
as Alvin Horn
Gloria Stuart
as Mrs. Horn
Clyde McLeod
as Club Dancer
Harry Bill Roberts
as Orchestra Leader
Ramon Sison
as Rookie Carroca
Pearl Shear
as Mrs. Kessler
Stanley Brock
as Mr. Berkowitz
Martin Garner
as Mr. Cantor
John Medici
as Scalfoni
Robert G. Denison
as 1st Stockbroker
John Christy Ewing
as 2nd Stockbroker
Vincent Sardi
as Policeman
Richard Warwick
as Technical Director
Rex Benson
as Make-up Man
George Fisher
as 2nd Thug
Bob Terhune
as 3rd Thug
Nick Dimitri
as 4th Thug
Phil Adams
as 1st Stagehand
Richard Butler
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

My Favorite Year Quotes

Alan Swann: I didn't marry any of them. They married me.
– Submitted by Frances H (2 years ago)
Alan Swann: Dying is easy. Comedy is hard.
– Submitted by Frances H (2 years ago)
Sy Benson: It's not acting. It's kissing and jumping and drinking and humping.
– Submitted by Frances H (2 years ago)
Belle Carroca: Welcome to our humble chapeau.
Benjy Stone: Two years at the Sorbonne and she still can't get it right.
– Submitted by Angie R (3 years ago)

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