Man on the Moon


1h 58m 1999

Brief Synopsis

Andy Kaufman, who died in 1984 at the age of 35, was considered one of the most innovative, eccentric and enigmatic performers of his time. A master at manipulating audiences, Kaufman could generate belly laughs, stony silence, tears or brawls. Whether inviting the audience out for milk and cookies

Film Details

MPAA Rating
Release Date
1999
Distribution Company
Universal Pictures
Location
Los Angeles, California, USA; New York City, New York, USA

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 58m

Synopsis

Andy Kaufman, who died in 1984 at the age of 35, was considered one of the most innovative, eccentric and enigmatic performers of his time. A master at manipulating audiences, Kaufman could generate belly laughs, stony silence, tears or brawls. Whether inviting the audience out for milk and cookies or challenging women to inter-gender wrestling matches, he specialized in creating performances so real that even his close friends were never really sure where the real truth lay. Although described variously as "a nihilistic elf, a Zen guerilla, a dadaist comedian and the first true performance artist," Kaufman always preferred to think of himself as simply "a song and dance man." Kaufman grew from an Elvis impersonator to a performer who broke all the rules. By refusing to break character or let audiences in on the joke, he frequently pushed his art over the edge, leaving his audience alternately baffled and amused, but it was all part of the act.

Cast

Evan Diner

Johnny Legend

Matt Price

Natalie Webb

Vincent Schiavelli

Mia Pitts

Jennifer Chavarria

Amy Tinkham

Caroline Gibson

Christina Cabot

Budd Friedman

Himself

Tracey Walter

Shirry Dolgin

Jeff Thomas

Mark Davenport

David Koechner

Karissa Seaman

Peter Bonerz

Lance Alarcon

Molly Schaffer

Gene Lebell

Caroline Rhea

Bill Reid

Fredd Wayne

Howard West

Maureen Mueller

Jason Bedig

Lead Person

Krystina Carson

James Sawyer

Heath Hyche

Patricia Scanlon

Earl Gardner

Deana Ann Aburto

John Yoakum

Howard Keystone

Raymond Bokhour

Courtney Love

Charlie Brissette

Reiko Aylesworth

Max Alexander

Tiffany Olson

Phil Perlman

Pat Senatore

Lonnie Hamilton

James Lum

Melissa Carrey

Will Lee

James Mccarthy

Kelly Jones

Brent Briscoe

Lea Sullivan

Kathryn Rossberg

Tamara Bossett

Michael Villani

Sid Mcginnis

Yoshi Jenkins

Miles Chapin

Norman Mamey

Hal Blaine

Billy Lucas

Marilyn Sokol

John Mitchell

Mews Small

Catherine Hader

Teresa Chapman

Sydney Lassick

Greg Travis

Mary Lynn Rajskub

Lukasz Gottwald

Brittany Colonna

Ron Sanchez

Mark Majetti

Phillip Feather

Kelleia Sheerin

Ladi Von Jansky

Conrad Roberts

Michelle E Swanson

Thomas Verdonck

Alex Iles

Robert O'donnell

D J Johnson

Eva Jenickova

Lindsay Lopez

Gerry Becker

Leonard Pickett

Bobby Borriello

Tara Nicole

Howdy Doody

Himself

Kristin K Willits

Doug Ford

Claudia Jaffee

Steven Williams

Jim Carrey

Tricia Lilly

Danny De Vito

David Thomasson

Randall Carver

Himself

Doris Eaton Travis

Maria Maglaris

Karen Martin

Cash Oshman

Greyson Pendry

Wendy Polland

Danielle Burgio

Jeanine Jackson

Greg Sutton

Alex Foster

David Elliott

Katie Miller

Cheryl Hardwick

Michon Sukaya

Betsy Chang

Robert Holeman

Patton Oswalt

Lewis Del Gatto

Bob Zmuda

Himself

Richard Belzer

Himself

Linda Cevallos

Tom Dreesen

Kelly Cooper

Alison Simpson

Robert Emmet

Tabatha Mays

Lance Russell

April Nixon

Leslie Lyles

Ed Mitchell

James Ross

Jessica Devlin

Bert F Balsam

Betsy Harris

Lisa Eaton

Tony Galla

Philip Lenkowsky

Melinda Songer

Brian Peck

Thomas Barney

Valerie Naranjo

Leon Pendarvis

Gerry Robert Byrne

Timothy Metzger

Lead Person

Frank Devito

Natalie Mills

Jeff Zabel

Michael Kelly

George Shapiro

Jerry Lawler

Himself

Rob Steiner

Jessica Moore

Melanie Vesey

Jacqueline Case

Steve Turre

K P Palmer

Melanie Gage

Angela Jones

Karen Blake Challman

Shawn Pelton

Pamela Abdy

Frank Marocco

Michael Lufkin

Penny Fisher

Tim Divers

Anton Fig

Thomas Armbruster

Chuck Zito

Isadore Rosenfeld

Paul Giamatti

Greg Prechel

Mando Guerrero

Crew

Pamela Abdy

Associate Producer

Todd J Adelman

Medic

G. A. Aguilar

Stunts

Kelly Aldrich

Driver

Lesley Aletter

Stunts

Elle Alexander

Stunts

Scott Alexander

Screenplay

Chris M Alvarez

Foreman

Eric Amundsen

Assistant Camera Operator

Dale E. Anderson

On-Set Dresser

Julian Andraus

Assistant

Kathleen Ankers

Special Thanks To

Tom Armbruster

Song Performer

Gene Autry

Song

Kenny Aymong

Special Thanks To

James Babineaux

Best Boy

Brook Bacon

On-Set Dresser

Bob Baker

Other

Randall Balsmeyer

Visual Effects Supervisor

Bob Balzarini

Video Assist/Playback

Pat Banta

Stunt Man

Marshall Barer

Song

Chris Barnes

Other

Michael Barry

Rerecording

Bobby Bass

Stunts

Joseph E Bates

Grip

Jackie Baugh

Production Accountant

Jim Belletier

Camera Assistant

Braden Belmonte

Camera

Richard Belzer

Other

Tricia Bercsi

Set Costumer

John Berger

Assistant Art Director

Dan Berkowitz

Set Production Assistant

Taylor Bernard

Other

Leonard Bernstein

Music Conductor

Martin Bernstein

Construction Coordinator

William Berry

Song

Adrienne Biddle

Assistant

Brent Blom

On-Set Dresser

Ron Bochar

Sound Editor

David Bolton

Adr Mixer

Dotan Bonen

Stand-In

Peter Bonerz

Technical Advisor

Adam Boome

Editor

Jon Borchers

Office Assistant

Tamara Bossett

Stunts

Janet Brady

Stunts

Charles Brewer

Stunts

Charlie Brissette

Song

Lee Ann Brittenham

Hair Stylist

Corey C. Bronson

Costumes

Troy Brown

Stunts

Edita Brychta

Stunts

Peter Buck

Song

Mike Buckman

Transportation Co-Captain

Rob Burnett

Special Thanks To

Gary Burritt

Negative Cutting

Heather Burton

Stunts

Alice Byrne

Sound Editor

Gerry Robert Byrne

Production Supervisor

Gerry Robert Byrne

Other

Gerry Robert Byrne

Post-Production Supervisor

Jeffrey Cahill

Other

Rod Calarco

Assistant

Anita Camarata

Music Supervisor

Jamie Candiloro

Sound Mixer

Jennifer Caputo

Stunts

Jerry Carita

Post-Production Assistant

Stephen Carr

Location Assistant

Jimmy Carroll

Song

Augie Carton

Set Production Assistant

Randall Carver

Other

Chris Centrella

Key Grip

Steve Chambers

Stunts

Kam Chan

Foley

Mike Chapman

Song

Ben Cheah

Sound Effects Editor

Nicky Chinn

Song

Liz Chiz

Assistant Set Decorator

Richard Chouinard

Other

Alisa Christensen

Stunts

Michelle Cisneros

Camera Equipment

Clara Cluck

Song Performer

Lisa Cofini

Post-Production Accountant

Cari Cohen

Assistant

Missy Cohen

Music Editor

Katherine M Cohn

Assistant Production Coordinator

Caron Colvett

Stunts

Jeff Conaway

Other

Bob Conners

Gaffer

Bill Conti

Song Performer

Bill Conti

Song

Bill Corso

Makeup

Vince Cortez

Security

Marko Costanzo

Foley Artist

Christy Cotton

Stunts

Michael A Crowley

Other

Natasha Cuba

Assistant

Michael Curry

Foreman

Kenneth Darby

Song

Beth Dary

Art Assistant

David Davern

Props

Charissie Davis

Production Coordinator

Velma Dawson

Other

Sanjit De Silva

Assistant

Danny De Vito

Producer

June Decamp

Other

Luigi Denza

Song

Tammy Dickson

Set Production Assistant

Gaetano Donizetti

Song

Howdy Doody

Other

Gary Douris

Pilot

Kathleen Driscoll-mohler

Casting

Richard Drown

Stunts

Mitch Dubin

Camera Operator

Francois Duhamel

Photography

Edward James Egan

Best Boy

Kathryn Eisenstein

Casting Associate

David Elliott

Construction Coordinator

Annie Ellis

Stunts

Timothy Grant Engle

Assistant Director

Jack English

Gaffer

Erik A. Erichsen

Electrician

Chuck Eskridge

Other

Cindy Evans

Costumes

Skip Evans

Pilot

Joe Facey

Craft Service

Dino Fekaris

Song

Scott Ferguson

Associate Producer

Emily Ferry

Property Master

Chris Fielder

Assistant Sound Editor

Larry Fioritto

Special Effects Coordinator

Randall Flosi

Assistant Location Manager

Gerry Foley

Special Thanks To

Jay Fortune

Best Boy

Raymond Fortune

Generator Operator

Stacey Foster

Special Thanks To

Bob Fox

Other

Kaylin Frank

Music Supervisor

Ralph Fratianni

Grip

Budd Friedman

Other

Rudolf Friml

Song

Mary Gallagher

Production

Nicole Gallardo

Accounting Assistant

Wilma Gasrcadden-gahret

Script Supervisor

Thomas Gilligan

Key Grip

Ron Glenn

Grip

Harvey Goldberg

Dresser

Lewis Goldstein

Sound Effects Editor

Oscar Gomez

Best Boy

Neil Gonzales

Props Assistant

Sonia Gonzalez

Assistant Editor

Don Goodman

On-Set Dresser

Patricia Grande

Hair Stylist

Richard Bob Greene

Song

Nikki Allyn Grosso

Special Thanks To

Mando Guerrero

Stunts

Peter G Hackman

Camera

Stephen Hagen

Assistant Director

Oakley Haldeman

Song

Oscar Hammerstein Ii

Song

Winfield Han

Assistant

George Frederick Handel

Music

Gene Hara

Other

Otto Harbach

Song

Don Harback

Other

Ian Harrington

Assistant

Gregg Harris

Boom Operator

Linnea Light Harris

Other

Stan Harrison

Video Assist/Playback

Rosine Ace Hatem

Stunts

Michael Hausman

Unit Production Manager

Michael Hausman

Executive Producer

Willo Hausman

Camera Assistant

Marilu Henner

Other

Ruth Hernandez

Apprentice

Blake Hill

Electrician

Linda Fields Hill

Assistant

Judd Hirsch

Other

Tony Hobbs

Extras Agent/Coordinator

Michael Hofacre

Assistant Editor

Wally Holmes

Song

Buddy Joe Hooker

Stunt Coordinator

Eddie Horst

Original Music

Jimmy Hoyson

Other

Kerry Hoyt

Stand-In

Max Hunt

Assistant

Aimee Hyatt

Assistant

Karis Jagger

Set Production Assistant

Bob James

Song

Bob James

Song Performer

Alexander Janko

Original Music

David Jernigan

Transportation Captain

Shari Schwartz Johanson

Music Editor

Jon Mark Johnson

Location Assistant

Rich Jones

Office Assistant

Carol Kane

Other

Larry Karaszewski

Screenplay

Andy Kaufman

Song Performer

Carol Kaufman

Special Thanks To

Film Details

MPAA Rating
Release Date
1999
Distribution Company
Universal Pictures
Location
Los Angeles, California, USA; New York City, New York, USA

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 58m

Articles

Vincent Schiavelli (1948-2005)


American Actor Vincent Schiavelli, a classic "I know the face but not the name" character player who had prominent roles in One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Nightshift and Ghost, died at his Sicily home after a long battle with lung cancer on December 26. He was 57.

He was born on November 10, 1948 in Brooklyn, New York. After he studied acting at New York University's School of the Arts, he quickly landed a role in Milos Foreman's Taking Off (1971), and his career in the movies seldom dropped a beat. Seriously, to not recognize Schiavelli's presence in a movie or television episode for the last 30 years means you don't watch much of either medium, for his tall, gawky physique (a towering 6'6"), droopy eyes, sagging neck skin, and elongated chin made him a casting director's dream for offbeat and eccentric parts.

But it wasn't just a striking presence that fueled his career, Schiavelli could deliver the fine performances. Foreman would use him again as one of the mental ward inmates in One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975); and he was hilarious as the put-upon science teacher, Mr. Vargas in Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982); worked for Foreman again as Salieri's (F. Murray Abraham's) valet in Amadeus (1984); unforgettable as an embittered subway ghost who taunts Patrick Swayze in Ghost (1990); downright creepy as the brooding organ grinder in Batman Returns (1992); worked with Foreman one last time in The People vs. Larry Flynt (1996); and was a dependable eccentric in Death to Smoochy (2002). Television was no stranger to him either. Although he displayed a gift for comedy playing Latka's (Andy Kaufman) confidant priest, "Reverend Gorky" in a recurring role of Taxi, the actor spent much of his time enlivening shows of the other worldly variety such as Star Trek: The Next Generation, Tales from the Crypt, The X Files, and Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

In recent years, Schiavelli curtailed the acting, and concentrated on writing. He recently relocated to the Sicilian village of Polizzi Generosa, where his grandparents were raised. He concentrated on his love of cooking and in 2002, wrote a highly praised memoir of his family's history as well as some cooking recipes of his grandfather's titled Many Beautiful Things. He is survived by two children.

by Michael T. Toole
Vincent Schiavelli (1948-2005)

Vincent Schiavelli (1948-2005)

American Actor Vincent Schiavelli, a classic "I know the face but not the name" character player who had prominent roles in One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Nightshift and Ghost, died at his Sicily home after a long battle with lung cancer on December 26. He was 57. He was born on November 10, 1948 in Brooklyn, New York. After he studied acting at New York University's School of the Arts, he quickly landed a role in Milos Foreman's Taking Off (1971), and his career in the movies seldom dropped a beat. Seriously, to not recognize Schiavelli's presence in a movie or television episode for the last 30 years means you don't watch much of either medium, for his tall, gawky physique (a towering 6'6"), droopy eyes, sagging neck skin, and elongated chin made him a casting director's dream for offbeat and eccentric parts. But it wasn't just a striking presence that fueled his career, Schiavelli could deliver the fine performances. Foreman would use him again as one of the mental ward inmates in One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975); and he was hilarious as the put-upon science teacher, Mr. Vargas in Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982); worked for Foreman again as Salieri's (F. Murray Abraham's) valet in Amadeus (1984); unforgettable as an embittered subway ghost who taunts Patrick Swayze in Ghost (1990); downright creepy as the brooding organ grinder in Batman Returns (1992); worked with Foreman one last time in The People vs. Larry Flynt (1996); and was a dependable eccentric in Death to Smoochy (2002). Television was no stranger to him either. Although he displayed a gift for comedy playing Latka's (Andy Kaufman) confidant priest, "Reverend Gorky" in a recurring role of Taxi, the actor spent much of his time enlivening shows of the other worldly variety such as Star Trek: The Next Generation, Tales from the Crypt, The X Files, and Buffy the Vampire Slayer. In recent years, Schiavelli curtailed the acting, and concentrated on writing. He recently relocated to the Sicilian village of Polizzi Generosa, where his grandparents were raised. He concentrated on his love of cooking and in 2002, wrote a highly praised memoir of his family's history as well as some cooking recipes of his grandfather's titled Many Beautiful Things. He is survived by two children. by Michael T. Toole

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Miscellaneous Notes

Winner of the Silver Bear for Best Director at the 2000 Berlin International Film Festival.

Winner of the 1999 award for Best Actor (Jim Carrey) from the Boston Society of Film Critics.

Released in United States Winter December 22, 1999

Released in United States on Video May 30, 2000

Released in United States February 2000

Shown at Berlin International Film Festival (in competition) February 9-20, 2000.

Completed shooting November 24, 1998.

Began shooting July 27, 1998.

Released in United States Winter December 22, 1999

Released in United States on Video May 30, 2000

Released in United States February 2000 (Shown at Berlin International Film Festival (in competition) February 9-20, 2000.)