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My Favorite Year [DVD] [1982]

  • SKU: 31184283
  • Release Date: 05/03/2016
  • Rating: PG

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    My Favorite Year
    In Richard Benjamin's directorial debut, Mark Linn-Baker stars as Benjy Stone, junior writer on the popular 1950s TV comedy/variety series The King Kaiser Show. Kaiser (Joseph Bologna)'s guest star this week is Hollywood matinee idol Alan Swann (Peter O'Toole), a swashbuckling Errol Flynn type, right down to his indiscriminate womanizing and fondness for mass quantities of booze. Stone is assigned to keep the actor out of trouble during rehearsals and deliver him sober to the performance. Becoming fast friends, Stone and Swann alternate baby-sitting responsibilities: Swann takes the young writer to the Stork Club and on an early-morning jaunt through Central Park with a "borrowed" police horse, while Stone takes Swann to his home, where the star is fawned over by Benji's mom (Lainie Kazan) and asked embarrassing questions about his love life by Uncle Morty (Lou Jacobi). Despite a few anxious moments, all goes well until Swann, panicking at the discovery that King Kaiser's show will be telecast live and not on film, walks out just before airtime. Shamed by Benjy into honoring his committment, Swann makes a spectacular, timber-smashing entrance, saving the show and rescuing Kaiser from being rubbed out by a gangster (Cameron Mitchell) whom the comedian has offended. The film co-stars Jessica Harper, Gloria Stuart and Selma Diamond, a real-life comedy writer for Sid Caesar. My Favorite Year was converted into an unsuccessful Broadway musical in the early 1990s. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

    Cast & Crew

    • Peter O'Toole
      Peter O'Toole - Alan Swann
    • Mark Linn-Baker
      Mark Linn-Baker - Benjy Stone
    • Jessica Harper
      Jessica Harper - K.C. Downing
    • Joseph Bologna
      Joseph Bologna - King Kaiser
    • Bill Macy
      Bill Macy - Sy Benson

    Customer rating

    Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 3 reviews

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Love this Film!

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      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      Every year I've checked to see if I could find My Favorite Year on disk. Finally! The perfect combination of comedy and pathos, innocence as represented by Mark-Linn Baker's cherub face and experience in Peter O'Toole's weary mien. Plenty of hi-jinks and an excellent supporting cast!

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Peter O'Toole at his best!

      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      I have searched FOREVER for this movie. It has to be one of the best comic Peter O'Toole movies ever! He has always been a great serious actor, but he plays the over the hill and over the top movie star with a wicked gleam in his eye. Just great!

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      One of Peter O'toole's best roles.

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      • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

      I know that's saying a lot, considering the breadth of his career and the multitude of roles he's played. But he is absolutely hilarious in this movie and at his most charming.

      I would recommend this to a friend

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