Man on the Moon

December 22nd, 1999


Man on the Moon

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A film about the life and career of the eccentric avant-garde comedian, Andy Kaufman.

Release Year: 1999

Rating: 7.4/10 (60,802 voted)

Critic's Score: 58/100

Director: Milos Forman

Stars: Jim Carrey, Danny DeVito, Gerry Becker

Man on the Moon is a biographical movie on the late comedian Andy Kaufman. Kaufman, along with his role on "Taxi," was famous for being the self-declared Intergender Wrestling Champion of the world. After beating women time and time again, Jerry Lawler (who plays himself in the movie), a professional wrestler, got tired of seeing all of this and decided to challenge Kaufman to a match. In most of the matches the two had, Lawler prevailed with the piledriver, which is a move by spiking a guy head-first into the mat. In one of the most famous moments in this feud was in the early 80s when Kaufman threw coffee on Lawler on "Late Night with David Letterman," got into fisticuffs with Lawler, and proceeded to sue NBC.

Writers: Scott Alexander, Larry Karaszewski

Jim Carrey - Andy Kaufman (also as Tony Clifton)
Gerry Becker - Stanley Kaufman - Andy's Father
Greyson Erik Pendry - Little Michael Kaufman (as Greyson Pendry)
Brittany Colonna - Baby Carol Kaufman
Leslie Lyles - Janice Kaufman - Andy's Mother
Bobby Boriello - Little Andy Kaufman
George Shapiro - Mr. Besserman
Danny DeVito - George Shapiro
Budd Friedman - Himself
Tom Dreesen - Wiseass Comic
Thomas Armbruster - Improv Piano Player
Pamela Abdy - Diane Barnett
Wendy Polland - Little Wendy
Cash Oshman - Yogi
Matt Price - Meditation Student

Taglines: "Hello, my name is Andy and this is my Bus" [Bus Poster]


Official Website: Universal |

Release Date: 22 December 1999

Filming Locations: Ambassador Hotel - 3400 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, California, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $52,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: $7,515,585 (USA) (26 December 1999) (2079 Screens)

Gross: $34,580,635 (USA) (20 February 2000)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?

Cameo: [George Shapiro] the club owner who fired Andy Kaufman after singing "The Cow Goes Moo".

Anachronisms: When Andy Kaufman takes Lynne Margulies to the movies, he goes to the snack bar to get some popcorn. The Coca-Cola cups are of the 1990s, not like those of the time setting. In the late 1970s, Coca-Cola was simply called "Coca-Cola" or "Coke". The word 'classic' was not introduced until 1985, after the failure of New Coke.

Andy Kaufman: Since you've all been such good boys and girls, I would like to take everybody in this entire audience out for milk and cookies. There are buses outside. Everybody follow me.

User Review

This is a story about a man who lived and died without being understood.


It is truly sad that we have to wait until a person is dead and gone to give him or her the honor they should have received while alive. Andy Kaufman was a man of many talents, and I saw him only as this funny little man on a TV show called, "Taxi" with a cute accent. Who could not fall in love with that person he was on "Taxi"? He was cute, honest, kind, and funny! Who knew that while we were all at home laughing, he was crying on the inside because that wasn't who he was, nor wanted to be. I went to see this movie about a person who was famous for his "Elvis" personation, and his little record player, doing the "Mighty Mouse" skit on Saturday Night Live, never to forget "Latka" on "Taxi." He was a man of many talents, so many that the world never knew about, so many that only Andy knew who he really was. Jim Carrey allowed us to come into Andy Kaufman's mind, and realize that this grown man lived in another place, another time, an entire other world where Andy was free, and there was peace, and where everyone never grew up, they stayed children playing "pretend" forever.

Jim Carrey put himself into this part, he lived this role... He was Andy Kaufman. Carrey was able to show me a whole new light on this man I thought I knew. This funny man who could make you laugh just by walking on stage. Jim Carrey showed us that who we saw, was not the man we thought we knew. And it took his death to show the world that Andy Kaufman was in fact a human being, who just needed a hug, and a chance at what he did best.

This sadness me to realize that our joy brought this man pain, who we wanted was not who he wanted to be, and I think everyone should be able to live the dream they choose. I never cry at movies, because I am able to pull myself back and remind myself that it is just a movie, and those are just actors. Jim was Andy, and what I saw was too true for me to tell myself, "It's only a movie."

This is a story about a man who lived and died without being understood. I cry for the person Carrey brought us into, the life he showed us that was hidden for too long. No one could have given Andy such a life as Carrey did. This movie is not a normal movie, it is art in the most beautiful form imaginable. To sit in a theater and be at aw... for two hours is amazing! I only wish we had known Andy Kaufman when he was truly alive. Now it is too late, the curtain has gone down...


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