Man on the Moon

7.4 IMDb
7 December 1999 Release
$ 82 000 000 Budget
118 min Duration
Genres:Biography, Comedy, Drama
Countries:UK, Germany, Japan, USA
Director:Milos Forman
Writers:Scott Alexander, Larry Karaszewski
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Man on the Moon is a biographical movie on the late comedian Andy Kaufman. Kaufman, along with his role on Taxi (1978), 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 an opponent head-first into the mat. 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 (1982), got into fisticuffs with Lawler, and proceeded to sue NBC.

Movie Comments

  1. framptonhollis, 2 weeks ago other words, everything a biopic about Andy Kaufman should be.

    While it has plenty of faults, Milos Forman's heartbreaking and humorous tribute to the great comedic performance artist Andy Kaufman is simply astounding. Jim Carrey's performance is no less than astonishing and may be the best among his widely varying comedy career. He impersonates Kaufman in a way that captures both the legend and fantasy of Kaufman's character, as well as the soul that hid behind the act. The rest of the cast is jam packed with recognizable faces and they all perform splendidly.

    As a fan of the pioneering Kaufman, I found this film to be thoroughly entertaining, and those who have never heard of the man will likely also find much to be astonished here. The film is not flawless, and some sequences were over exaggerated pointlessly, although the film itself is quite faithful to the true story.
  2. DylanW, 2 weeks ago
    "The Man on the Moon" stars Jim Carrey, as the highly debated comedian Andy Kaufman, as well as Danny DeVito, who plays Andy Kaufman's manager, George Shapiro. Jim Carrey has starred in "Dumb and Dumber" as well as the masterpiece "The Truman Show", yet has managed to produce one of the his best performances to date thanks to a hilarious, interesting film directed by Milos Forman, who also directed "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest".

    Based on a true story, the film follows the life of an eccentric American comedian Andy Kaufman, and his practical, crude jokes which he employs to "entertain" his audience. Jim Carrey is brilliant in his role as Andy Kaufman, capturing pure comedic essence in his performance and precisely, if not perfectly, mimicking Kaufman's original movements and gestures. With a brilliant performance, all that remained was a brilliant script; which was delivered. The script is constantly hilarious but despite a small lag in the middle section and an abrupt ending, the script is fabulously pieced with twists available and lovable characters- "You're insane, but you might also be brilliant".
  3. taytopcuoglu, 1 week ago
    See also: Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond.

    Andy is a genius and he figured it all out. Same as Jim Carrey.

    Jim Carrey by honoring his comedian idol in this movie with an AMAZING acting performance which deserves all the awards and compliments.

    THE GREAT BEYOND part is also a spiritual quest that all human beings need to persuade to understand what being with The God, The One, The Beginning Point, The Dot, The Spirit That Is In Everything.

    Because as Jim Carrey says after his experience as playing Andy Kaufman affected and changed him a lot and sparked a divine self-realization. As Carrey says; "God is Everything. Everything is divine." which is so true; because at some point everything started with Divine Singularity. To learn more about this spiritual self-realization, please search (Divine Singularity: The Oneness of God | Hamza Andreas Tzortzis) in Google.

    In conclusion, this movie and also Jim & Andy: The Great Beyonds are part of an amazing self-realization experience.