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Memories of Me Details


The bittersweet comedy Memories of Me stars Billy Crystal as Dr. Abbie Polin, a New York heart surgeon, long estranged from his father, Abe (Alan King). When the doctor suffers a mild heart attack, he tries to patch things up with his dad, hoping in this way to bring some equilibrium to his own life. This proves well-nigh impossible; Abe, the self-described "king of the Hollywood extras," is not only a play-actor in Tinseltown but in life itself, refusing to take on any real responsibilities, least of all the responsibility of parenthood. So far as Abe is concerned, his only "family" consists of his fellow extras. Though Abbie is extremely judgmental of his father, he himself is no prize in the commitment department, especially when dealing with his longtime lady friend (JoBeth Williams). Star/co-writer Crystal, co-star/co-producer King, and director Henry Winkler lay on the sentiment in thick, juicy slices toward the end. The final sequence in Memories of Me, a Felliniesque funeral, is very clever but somewhat out of synch with what has gone before. One of the film's highlights is a brief celebrity cameo by one of Alan King's "close personal friends." ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

  • Release date:September 28, 1988


Billy Crystal
as Dr. Abbie Polin
Alan King
as Abe Polin
JoBeth Williams
as Lisa McConnell
Sean Connery
as Himself
Janet Carroll
as Dorothy Davis
David Ackroyd
as 1st Asst. Director
Phil Fondacaro
as Horace Bosco
Robert Pastorelli
as Al (Broccoli)
Mark L. Taylor
as 2nd Assistant Director
Peter Elbing
as Director
Larry Cedar
as 1st Assistant Director (Soap)
Sheryl Bernstein
as Dancer
Joe Shea
as Stan Kantor
Billy Beck
as Angry Man
Margarito Mendoza
as Mariachi Trumpet Player
Noni White
as Waitress
Zachary Benjamin
as Young Abbie
Cory Danziger
as Older Abbie
Rusty Schwimmer
as Strawberry
Jane Feinberg
Mike Fenton
Judy Taylor
Ryan McWhorter
as Middle Abbie
Joseph Medalis
as Sallow Man
Marc Flanagan
as Morty
Sue Rihr
as Shiela
Leigh Lombardi
as Soap Opera Nurse
John Evans
Sidney Miller
as Slow-Burn
Carol Williard
Angela Clarke
as Mrs. Petrakis
David Correia
as Photographer
Karl Lukas
as Bartender


Henry Winkler
Alan King
Gabe Sumner
Eric Roth
Billy Crystal
Andrew Dintenfass
Georges Delerue
Composer (Music Score)
Peter E. Berger
William J. Cassidy
Production Designer
Michele Ader
Production Designer
Michael Hertzberg
Allan King
Billy Crystal
J. David Marks
Executive Producer
Gabe Sumner
Executive Producer
Jane Feinberg
Mike Fenton
Judy Taylor