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Mr. Saturday Night

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Billy Crystal stars and makes his directorial debut in this nostalgic, poignant comedy about a comedian who realizes that life is passing him by...and he may have missed the punchline. Co-starring David Paymer in an OscarÂ(r)-nominated* role and featuring stand-out performances by Julie Warner, Helen Hunt and Ron Silver, and many moments of truth and insight (Leonard Maltin), Mr. Saturday Night makes you laugh as it touches you with its heart of comic gold. After forty years of struggling to reach the top, funny man Buddy Young, Jr. (Crystal) is still fighting his way to themiddle. Buddy sharpens his act by delivering hilariously cutting insults to his audience...not to mention his family and friends. But when he goes too far and his brother/manager (Paymer) has had enough, Buddy faces the ultimate: To press on with his dying career or finally put the spotlight on theones he loves? *1992: Supporting Actor

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  • Actors: Billy Crystal, David Paymer, Julie Warner, Helen Hunt, Ron Silver
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Full Screen, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: MGM (Video & DVD)
  • DVD Release Date: June 4, 2002
  • Run Time: 119 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000063JDN
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #65,492 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Mr. Saturday Night" on IMDb

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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful By ConBrio on November 9, 2000
Format: VHS Tape
Poignant and moving--a transformational performance by Billy Crystal who gives such a finely nuanced performance of such depth that the movie has stayed with me for years. This isn't about a comdeian per se, its about somebody who realises that they have just missed the boat, felt that they were naturally entitled to be on the boat, and have to deal with that sense of life's betrayal. Crystal stops being just a funny man, and shows himself to be deeply sensitive and actually -- very deep. Disappointed viewers were looking for comic fluff, and when they got a sophisticated performance of a difficult man, they expressed their shock by rating the film badly.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 6, 1999
Format: DVD
Something really rare in these days of disposable pop culture film. It's hilariously funny, poignant without being maudlin, and pulls off the hardest trick there is; namely, the drama works and the comedy works. This was truly an oscar winning effort that got ignored.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Alan Crowe on February 25, 2002
Format: DVD
Truly an outstanding performance by Billy Crystal that deserved an Oscar. A fantastic movie that moved me greatly. This film is virtually unknown in the UK but got a screening on an English cable channel and I enjoyed it so much and I just had to buy the DVD. Billy Crystal is superb in the lead role. I had never seen, nor heard of, Mr Crystal prior to viewing this movie so I was able to judge him purely by this movie - outstanding!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By robert a mcaleer on January 8, 2013
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This film was panned by most, didnt do well in theatres-- because people expected 'funny' --I think this movie is loosly based on Milton Bearle- I found it to be excellent- no- not funny- not at all- just the opposite- sad- his brother in this movie David Paymer is great as the punching bag brother- I found this movie very good- no- it doesnt finish with you happy [when harry met sally] - thus the bad reviews- dont look for happy- but the dark side of aging comedy-- 2 thumbs up- rob mcaleer
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Larry C on August 2, 2005
Format: DVD
I have always felt Billy Crystal was a self absorbed, ruthless, know it all, Borcht belt brat, ego maniac! So when this movie was conceived (as a vehicle for Crystal) I thought it was merely an attempt to convince us that he himself was a showbiz legend. You know.....so he could show up at the Friars club and get respect from some former comedians who make cameo appearances in this flick. Greats like Slappy White, Carl Ballantine, Will Jordan, Jackie Gayle, and the master himself.....Jerry Lewis. Well.....I hate to say this.....but I now believe that I was wrong. I have since found Billy to indeed be a Showbiz legend! I now put him not only equal to but above many of the greats. I mean he's right up there with Lewis, Jack Benny, and George Burns. He turns in a great effort here as the abrasive, controlling, manipulative and unlovable Buddy Young. But the icing on the cake on why I changed my mind was the solid writing and unselfish way Crystal so generously gives David Payner this movie. It is for that reason and Payner's rock solid performance as the long suffering brother that make this Showbiz yarn a must see for any and all people who ever dreamed of being a standup comedian. This movie peels away and exposes the underlying current as to what makes a man bulldoze anybody who get's in his way from being a star. It's at times crass and vulgar but then that's who Buddy Young is. An underrated masterful little gem from one of the greatest entertainers today.....my "new" favorite comedian. Mr. Saturday Night.....the one and only.....Billy Crystal. He deserves all the accolades bestowed upon him. He truly is the greatest that we have today!
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10 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Howard Shapiro on October 11, 2002
Format: DVD
Why this film has yet to be considered a masterpiece is beyond me. I suspect it may be considered "too Jewish." Nevertheless, it is completely accessible to any adult audience and Billy Crystal has created a character, Buddy Young, Jr., who is truly unforgetable.
Buddy is a brilliant comedian who, like Jerry Lewis, Buddy Hackett, and countless other comics jumps from the Catskills and Vegas to one of television's highest rated shows. But Buddy is flawed and his loses his show. And that's where the story truly begins. A poignant story that explores the conflicts between career ambitions and family relationships--and yet will make you howl with laughter--will make you wish to see it again and again.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By joe on February 6, 2014
Format: Amazon Instant Video
I gave it four stars cause I hate this movie. I kid. Love this movie! "See what I did there?"
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Bomojaz on May 4, 2006
Format: DVD
Billy Crystal stars as an aging stand-up comic (Buddy Young, Jr.) with a mean streak in him. The movie starts off slowly and seemingly predictably, with Crystal and his brother (played by David Paymer) doing comedy together in their Jewish living room to all the relatives, getting some early breaks, and heading up the showbiz ladder. But Paymer opts out of the routine and becomes Cyrstal's manager. After many years and now on the decline, they have a falling out, but reconcile at the end. Comedians have enormous egos, and Crystal as Buddy wouldn't think twice about putting someone down for a laugh. (I've heard the same thing said about the real life Groucho Marx, whose insults directed as his family were funny to everyone except his family. But he didn't care as long as he got a laugh.) He's a funny guy, Buddy is, but not a nice one. The second half of the movie is much better than the first. Humor is in the mind of the beholder (sort of like beauty), and I thought the jokes were mildly funny. It certainly is not the worst movie ever made as some reviewers here seem to think.
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