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Man on the Moon (1999)

Jim Carrey , Danny DeVito , Milos Forman  |  R |  DVD
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  • Actors: Jim Carrey, Danny DeVito, Courtney Love, Paul Giamatti, Vincent Schiavelli
  • Directors: Milos Forman
  • Writers: Scott Alexander, Larry Karaszewski
  • Producers: Danny DeVito, Michael Shamberg, Stacey Sher
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, DTS Surround Sound, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), English (DTS 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: French
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Universal Studios
  • DVD Release Date: May 30, 2000
  • Run Time: 119 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (237 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00003CWTL
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #33,636 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Man on the Moon" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Spotlight on Location: The Making of Man on the Moon
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Soundtrack Presentation Featuring R.E.M. "Man on the Moon" and "The Great Beyond" Music Videos
  • Andy Kaufman: This is His Story
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Universal Showcase
  • Production Notes
  • Cast and Filmmakers
  • Recommendations
  • DVD-ROM Features

  • Editorial Reviews

    Product Description

    Based on a true story, Jim Carrey stunningly portrays the late Andy Kaufman - considered the most innovative, eccentric and enigmatic comic of his time - in Man on the Moon. "Jim Carrey is extraordinary" says The New York Post. "Jim Carrey may be a better Andy Kaufman than Andy Kaufman" writes Newsweek. Also starring Danny DeVito as Kaufman's manager, Courtney Love as the woman Andy falls in love with and Paul Giamatti as his best friend. You'll stand up and cheer for Carrey in one of the year's most entertaining movies!

    "There is no real you," jokes Lynn Margulies (Courtney Love) to her boyfriend, Andy Kaufman (Jim Carrey), as he grows more contemplative during a battle with cancer. "I forgot," he says, playing along, though the question of Kaufman's reality is always at issue in Milos Forman's underappreciated Man on the Moon.

    The story of Kaufman's quick rise to fame through early appearances on Saturday Night Live and the conceptual stunts that made his club and concert appearances an instant legend in the irony-fueled 1970s and early '80s, Man on the Moon never makes the mistake of artificially delineating Comic Andy from Private Andy. True, we get to see something of his private interest in meditation and some of the flakier extremes of alternative medicine, but even these interludes suggest the presence of an ultimate con behind apparent miracles of transformation.

    Screenwriters Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski (The People vs. Larry Flynt) allege that transformation was Kaufman's purpose--more than a shtick but less than a destiny. As we see him constantly up the ante on the credibility of his performance personae (the obnoxious nightclub comic Tony Clifton; the insulting, misogynistic professional wrestler), Forman makes it harder and harder to detect Kaufman's sleight of hand. But it's there, always there, always the transcendent Andy watching the havoc he creates and the emotions he stirs.

    Carrey is magnificent as Kaufman, re-creating uncannily detailed comedy pieces etched in the memory of anyone who remembers the real Andy. But while Carrey's mimicry of Kaufman is flawless and funny, the actor probes much deeper into an enigmatic character who, in life, was often a moving target even for those closest to him. --Tom Keogh

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    36 of 40 people found the following review helpful
    First of all, I would like to say that this is a great movie -- you'll find yourself totally immersed into the universe of Andy Kaufman during this movie (at least I was). Before I saw this movie, I had never seen anything by Andy Kaufman (although I tried to change that fact prior to seeing the movie, but since I live in Denmark, it's hard getting any of his stuff) -- right after seeing it, I went straight home and ordered some of his work on DVD.
    Also, anyone who has seen this movie must agree with me, in that Jim Carrey was at least ripped for an Oscar nomination for Best Actor, if not the Oscar statue itself. I can only imagine that it is very rare when an actor is nominated for Best Actor at the Golden Globe Awards, wins the Golden Globe, and doesn't even get nominated for an Oscar? I've lost most of my respect for the Academy.
    Don't be fooled by the fact that this movie didn't sell as good as most of the other Jim Carrey movies -- this is definitely his best performance so far (though not as funny as some of his previous blockbusters, this movie is not intended to be a "full-blown" comedy).
    The DVD release looks great too. Not only do you get a great movie at a great price, you also get a lot of extras at that price, something which is rare these days when you often pay somewhat extra to get the "collectors edition" or "special edition". I'm a huge R.E.M. fan too, so the inclusion of two R.E.M. music videos ("Man on the Moon" and "The Great Beyond") is simply great!
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    20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars An amazing biopic; under appreciated... WHY! June 2, 2000
    How strange is this; a biopic about a groundbreaking and enigmatic comedian's life (Andy Kaufman), starring one of Hollywood's top actors (Jim Carrey), illustrated through an Academy Award winning director (Milos Forman) is considered a bad movie! Why? Because nobody knows or likes Andy Kaufman? Because it was rated R? It's more like under appreciated...
    This is an amazing movie in which we see Andy brought back to life through Jim Carrey's performance. In fact, you do not see Carrey anywhere in this film. All the jokes and gags are by Andy, not Jim, ANDY. The rest of the casts' performance supports the movie, such as Paul Giamatti's portrayal as Bob Zmuda and Courtney Love's portrayal as Andy supporting and loving girlfriend, Lynn Marguiles.
    It's odd how it did bad at the box office and with some critics, who were writing it off as one of the worst films of 1999. Now that it's on video and DVD, it's getting good reviews! Where was the support during the 2000 Academy Awards (it didn't even get 1 nomination!)? You have to understand and figure out the movie before passing judgement.
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    35 of 42 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars A joke on us? April 15, 2004
    My favorite Kaufman routine is one in which he is in a club and he is being heckled by a guy. The guys says "You suck, Kaufman" and Kaufman gives some line back to him. Kaufman takes care of the heckler, classic comedian style. And then the heckler days "yOU'RE NOT FUNNY, kAUFMAN. tHE TRUTH IS, YOU PAID ME TO DO THIS...Am I right? Am I right Kaufman, didn't you pay heckle you? So you would look good, huh?" And this bit goes on for an uncomfortable amount of time. Kaufman seemed to be about layers of uncomfortability...about making the audience feel something other than laughs..
    Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski are fun screenwriters, (though I am not sure they are still working) having produced script for Larry Flynt and Ed Wood....they are not always concerned with tradition, and find great hools in telling the story. They then seem like the perfect choice for writing the story of Andy Kaufman, the most non traditional of performers...and certainly the first five minutes of the film does not dissapoint...Kaufman(Jim Carrey) stands in a movie screen, tells everybody it is his movie and the weirdness ensues.
    Well, then the next two hours never captures this same kind of "what is real?" feeling. I mean, don't get me wrong. I enjoyed this movie, and Carrey does an amazing job of recreating Kaufman onstage...but I thought there were a few is that no one knew Kaufman that well, and therefore it is almost impossible to create a bio pic for someone you can't actually identify with. Therefore we are saddled with forties bio cliches" I Want to Be The greatest of all times" and the fantastic"I want To Play Carnegie Hall", and the obligatory "guy finds cyst on his neck".
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    10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars BRILLIANT HUMOR December 18, 2005
    The first half an hour of this film shocked me cause I was in tears laughing because of how untamed the humor content is. I couldnt believe this kind of humor was unleashed at an unsuspecting audience watching this film. Jim Carrey is the most underrated actor in the world and No, I didnt like Eternal Sunshine of the spotless mind because it is the opposite of what Man On The Moon is all for.

    You see, Eternal Sunshine just might be the most conscious semi dark heartful effort ever. All in all, it's consciousness is what makes it "everything that is wrong with our world". Man On The Moon is not for one second taking itself too seriously.
    I've always been a fan of Carrey but it is Man On The Moon that made me realise that there is no higher level of acting than this. THIS IS EASILY HIS BEST PERFORMANCE.

    Man On The Moon has the most extraordinary of beginnings and the story relation is different yet captivating and it doesn't make you wanna be anywhere else for one second. Based on the life of Andy Kaufman, this film manages to recreate the life of an extraordinary man. Many people felt Jim Carrey is Andy Kaufman. The level and kind of humor this film contains is not meant to be understood by an average movie go'er. Between the 41st minute and 91st minute the film goes into an enjoyable dull period where most actions by Andy have no explanation.

    I hate Bongo drums but I cannot believe anyone can possibly sound better on them than Andy in the film. The reason the casting of this film is perfect is because Jim Carrey has one big heart for a comedian. Andy's funeral was the most touching scene in the film and almost a tearjerker.

    Im trying really hard to explain what it was about this film that touched my heart but I cannot quite get there because my comprehension fails me. Watch this film to know what I'm experiencing.
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    4.0 out of 5 stars Maybe Jim Carrey's best performance?
    This movie made me respect Jim Carrey's work a lot more. His portrait of Andy Kaufman is fantastic.
    Published 2 months ago by Vitorio Benedetti
    1.0 out of 5 stars Terrible time waster!
    Awful movie! I don't want to remember sitting through it.
    Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
    4.0 out of 5 stars I like Jim Carrey. I like Andy Kaufman. But not at the same time.
    I would label this a docudrama. Many of the real life actor/characters from Taxi (Christopher Lloyd, Judd Hersch, and others) play themselves and it's fun to see them recreate... Read more
    Published 3 months ago by Regan E
    5.0 out of 5 stars Jim Carrey Was Born To Play Andy Kaufman
    Man on the Moon is a biographical film about the American entertainer Andy Kaufman that features Jim Carrey in the title role. Read more
    Published 3 months ago by DESERTMAN40
    4.0 out of 5 stars Great movie, DVD case slightly damaged
    This is a great movie- you forget it's Jim Carrey and not Andy Kaufman himself.

    The back of the dvd case was slightly damaged - luckily I wasn't giving it as a gift.
    Published 6 months ago by Julie A Mason
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