My Favorite Year


1h 32m 1982
My Favorite Year

Brief Synopsis

A flamboyant star throws a TV comedy show into chaos.

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Film Details

Also Known As
Mi año favorito
MPAA Rating
Genre
Comedy
Period
Release Date
1982
Location
New York City, New York, USA

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 32m

Synopsis

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.

Crew

J H Arrufat

Sound Effects Editor

Bill Beasley

Assistant Director

Enrique Bravo

Camera Operator

Richard Brooks

Other

Ralph Burns

Music

Hoagy Carmichael

Song

Jeff Carson

Music Editor

Ellen Chenoweth

Casting

Richard Chew

Editor

Nat King Cole

Song Performer

Richard Edesa

Camera Operator

Gordon Flemyng

Other

Mary Ford

Song Performer

Ruby Ford

Hair

Arthur Gelb

Graphics

Robert Grieve

Sound Editor

Michael Gruskoff

Producer

Nancy Hamilton

Song

Howard Heard

Assistant Editor

Len Hekel

Photography

Duncan Henderson

Assistant Director

W Paul Henley

Location Manager

Gerald Hirschfeld

Director Of Photography

A. Kitman Ho

Unit Production Manager

Norman Howell

Stunts

Mentor Huebner

Production

Ingrid Johanson

Production Coordinator

Jerry Jost

Sound Mixer

Marie Kenney

Script Supervisor

Gregg Landaker

Sound

Steve Lerner

Stunts

Art Levinson

Associate Producer

Art Levinson

Unit Production Manager

Morgan Lewis Jr.

Song

Harry V Lojewski

Music Supervisor

Bob Magahay

Wardrobe Supervisor

Steve Maslow

Sound

James M Mccabe

Location Manager

John Moio

Stunts

Herb Mulligan

Set Decorator

Chris Newman

Sound Mixer

Carol A. O'connell

Hair

Dennis Palumbo

Screenplay

Dennis Palumbo

From Story

Les Paul

Song Performer

Victor Paul

Stunt Coordinator

Charles Picerni

Stunts

Gregory Pickrell

Set Designer

Lois Planco

Casting

Larry Rapaport

Location Manager

Jaimie Raskin

Production Assistant

Don Remacle

Set Decorator

John Romano

Stunts

Philip Romano

Stunts

Charles Rosen

Production Designer

May Routh

Costume Designer

Eric H Sandberg

Costumes

Tony Santoro

Stunts

Charles Schulthies

Special Effects

Willie Simmons

Production Assistant

David F Solomon

Assistant Editor

Sal Sommatino

Props

Norman Steinberg

Screenplay

Kandy Stern

Set Designer

Daniel C Striepeke

Makeup

Bill Varney

Sound

Stephen Wertimer

Assistant Director

Robert West

Key Grip

James Winburn

Stunts

Matthew Yuricich

Matte Painter

Dolores Zuniga

Costumes

Paul Zydel

Adr Mixer

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My Favorite Year - Color Scene Stills
Here are several scene stills from My Favorite Year (1982), starring Peter O'Toole.
My Favorite Year - Movie Poster
Here is the American one-sheet movie poster for My Favorite Year (1982). One-sheets measured 27x41 inches, and were the poster style most commonly used in theaters.

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Film Details

Also Known As
Mi año favorito
MPAA Rating
Genre
Comedy
Period
Release Date
1982
Location
New York City, New York, USA

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 32m

Award Nominations

Best Actor

1982
Peter O'Toole

Articles

My Favorite Year


Set in 1954 New York, director Richard Benjamin's first effort, My Favorite Year (1982), is the story of an alcoholic former star of Hollywood's Golden Age and his inability to adapt to the live television programs of the fifties. Peter O'Toole stars as the Errol Flynn-John Barrymore-esque Alan Swann who has traded in fencing and swashbuckling films for booze and women. Mark Linn-Baker is Benjy Stone, the junior writer on the TV comedy/variety series, The King Kaiser Show and an incurable fan of Swann. Stone is commissioned to baby-sit Swann (O'Toole) after the latter has a disastrous encounter with the show's star, King Kaiser, as a result of a drinking binge. As the film progresses toward Swann's live appearance on television, Stone begins to share his charge's escalating panic over the upcoming event.

My Favorite Year was inspired by Mel Brooks' real-life experience with Errol Flynn when he appeared on Sid Caesar's Your Show of Shows. Mel Brooks (the producer of My Favorite Year) was a junior writer at the time and was assigned the role of chaperon for the former swashbuckler, who was hitting the bottle hard. Indeed, Richard Benjamin described Brooks's involvement in My Favorite Year as being more than just financial. It was the former comedy writer's experiences with Flynn that helped Benjamin find the right tone for the film - a mixture of awe and comic exasperation toward a once famous star who was trying to hide his insecurities through heavy drinking.

Not surprisingly, Peter O'Toole, once a heavy drinker himself, received an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor for his flamboyant portrayal of Swann. With the exception of his performance in The Stunt Man (1980) two years earlier, My Favorite Year was O'Toole's most critically acclaimed performance since The Ruling Class in 1972 and he still hasn't topped it.

Director: Richard Benjamin
Producer: Mel Brooks, Michael Gruskoff
Screenplay: Norman Steinberg, Dennis Palumbo
Cinematography: Gerald Hirschfeld
Editor: Richard Chew
Art Direction: Herb Mulligan, Larry Rapaport, Donald J. Remacle
Music: Ralph Burns
Cast: Peter O'Toole (Alan Swann), Mark Linn-Baker (Benjy Stone), Jessica Harper (K.C. Downing), Joseph Bologna (King Kaiser), Bill Macy (Sy Benson), Lainie Kazan (Belle Carroca).
C-93m. Letterboxed. Closed captioning.

by Kerryn Sherrod
My Favorite Year

My Favorite Year

Set in 1954 New York, director Richard Benjamin's first effort, My Favorite Year (1982), is the story of an alcoholic former star of Hollywood's Golden Age and his inability to adapt to the live television programs of the fifties. Peter O'Toole stars as the Errol Flynn-John Barrymore-esque Alan Swann who has traded in fencing and swashbuckling films for booze and women. Mark Linn-Baker is Benjy Stone, the junior writer on the TV comedy/variety series, The King Kaiser Show and an incurable fan of Swann. Stone is commissioned to baby-sit Swann (O'Toole) after the latter has a disastrous encounter with the show's star, King Kaiser, as a result of a drinking binge. As the film progresses toward Swann's live appearance on television, Stone begins to share his charge's escalating panic over the upcoming event. My Favorite Year was inspired by Mel Brooks' real-life experience with Errol Flynn when he appeared on Sid Caesar's Your Show of Shows. Mel Brooks (the producer of My Favorite Year) was a junior writer at the time and was assigned the role of chaperon for the former swashbuckler, who was hitting the bottle hard. Indeed, Richard Benjamin described Brooks's involvement in My Favorite Year as being more than just financial. It was the former comedy writer's experiences with Flynn that helped Benjamin find the right tone for the film - a mixture of awe and comic exasperation toward a once famous star who was trying to hide his insecurities through heavy drinking. Not surprisingly, Peter O'Toole, once a heavy drinker himself, received an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor for his flamboyant portrayal of Swann. With the exception of his performance in The Stunt Man (1980) two years earlier, My Favorite Year was O'Toole's most critically acclaimed performance since The Ruling Class in 1972 and he still hasn't topped it. Director: Richard Benjamin Producer: Mel Brooks, Michael Gruskoff Screenplay: Norman Steinberg, Dennis Palumbo Cinematography: Gerald Hirschfeld Editor: Richard Chew Art Direction: Herb Mulligan, Larry Rapaport, Donald J. Remacle Music: Ralph Burns Cast: Peter O'Toole (Alan Swann), Mark Linn-Baker (Benjy Stone), Jessica Harper (K.C. Downing), Joseph Bologna (King Kaiser), Bill Macy (Sy Benson), Lainie Kazan (Belle Carroca). C-93m. Letterboxed. Closed captioning. by Kerryn Sherrod

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Released in United States October 1982

Released in United States Fall October 1, 1982

Released in USA on video.

Released in United States Fall October 1, 1982

Released in United States October 1982