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Comedian Andy Kaufman gave performances that were bizarre and difficult to categorize, in which he might do or say almost anything: show cartoons, impersonate Elvis Presley, play conga drums while singing children's songs, read aloud from The Great Gatsby, or take the audience out for milk and cookies. Written by Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski and directed by Milos Forman (the team behind The People vs. Larry Flynt (1996)), this biopic takes an in-depth look at Kaufman's life and art, with Jim Carrey as Kaufman, who could (and would) be any number of different people onstage: the quiet and childlike man, the little foreign guy, the overbearing showbiz "professional," the violently obnoxious wrestler, or the world's worst lounge singer. As Kaufman rose from comedy clubs to guest appearances on Saturday Night Live and a spot on the TV sitcom Taxi, his performances became more complex and dangerous -- so much so that when word got out in 1984 that he was suffering from lung cancer, many fans and associates thought it was just another bizarre stunt; the disease took his life later that year. Man on the Moon features Danny De Vito as Kaufman's manager George Shapiro, Courtney Love as his girlfriend Lynne Margulies, Paul Giamatti as his friend Bob Zmuda, and David Letterman, Judd Hirsch, Marilu Henner, Carol Kane, and Christopher Lloyd as themselves. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

  • Release date:December 20, 1999


Awarded by
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Jim Carrey Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama 1999 Winner
Toronto Film Critics Association Jim Carrey Best Actor - Runner-up 1999 Winner
Screen Actors Guild Jim Carrey Best Actor 1999 Nominee
Berlin International Film Festival Milos Forman Silver Bear for Best Director 2000 Winner


Jim Carrey
as Andy Kaufman
Danny DeVito
as George Shapiro
Courtney Love
as Lynne Margulies
Paul Giamatti
as Bob Zmuda
Vincent Schiavelli
as Maynard Smith
Peter Bonerz
as Ed Weinberger
Gerry Becker
as Stanley Kaufman
Leslie Lyles
as Janice Kaufman
Judd Hirsch
as himself
Fred Scialla
as Stand-In (Danny DeVito)
Carol Kane
as herself
Marilu Henner
as herself
Christina Cabot
as Meditation Student
Christopher Lloyd
as himself
George Shapiro
as Club Owner
David Letterman
as himself
Lorne Michaels
as himself
Mary Lynn Rajskub
as Friday's Mary
Jeff Conaway
as himself
Norm MacDonald
as Michael Richards


Milos Forman
Danny DeVito
Michael Shamberg
Stacey Sher
Scott Alexander
Larry Karaszewski
Anastas Michos
Anita Camarata
Musical Direction/Supervision
Christopher Tellefsen
Lynzee Klingman
Patrizia Von Brandenstein
Production Designer
Raymond Kluga
Art Director
James F. Truesdale
Art Director
Pamela Abdy
Associate Producer
Scott Ferguson
Associate Producer
George Shapiro
Executive Producer
Howard West
Executive Producer
Michael Hausman
Executive Producer
Bob Zmuda
Executive Producer
Maria Nay
Set Designer
Karin Wiesel
Set Designer
Jeffrey Kurland
Costume Designer
David McGiffert
First Assistant Director
Kathleen Driscoll-Mohler
Francine Maisler
Ron Bochar
Sound Editor