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Product Description

Comic genius Andy Kaufman hops a Hollywood bus to visit and have breakfast with his old friend Freddie Blassie, self-proclaimed King of Men and professional wrestler. Kaufman and Blassie discuss wrestling, stardom, hygiene, and weather to eat bacon or sausage in this classic piece of performance art. Bonus Features include: Lost Footage: Andy in the Raw, Blassie Graffiti Bonus Footage, Legendary Graffiti Home Movies, The Making of My Breakfast with Blassie, Photo Gallery, Film Premiere Footage

Review

Your head will reel, but that's just how Andy would have wanted it. --Philadelphia City Paper

A must have if you are a fan of Kaufman. --dvdholocaust.com

Often crude, but always creative. --TV Guide

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Product Details

  • Actors: Freddie Blassie, Andy Kaufman, Bob Zmuda, Laura Burdick, Lynne Elaine
  • Directors: Linda Lautrec, Johnny Legend
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Video Service Corp
  • DVD Release Date: June 16, 2009
  • Run Time: 65 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001YXXRUW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #71,714 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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4.1 out of 5 stars

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Mud Pyramid on December 24, 1999
Format: VHS Tape
If you are prepared for a low-budget, high nonsense movie, you'll love My Breakfast with Blassie. The movie seems either very spontaneous or highly disorganized. Whatever the case is, it is a slow starter. Those who are not intrigued with Kaufman may get a little restless, but those who are patient will really enjoy this little bit that has been put together. I laughed my tail off, and my girlfriend (who is not a huge Kaufman fan) found it humorous.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Jamie MacTavish on August 29, 2009
Format: DVD
The film "My Dinner with Andre," is made up almost entirely of a highly intellectual dinner conversation between two old acquaintances at an upscale restaurant on Manhattan's Upper West Side. So here, Andy Kaufman made a film about an anti-intellectual breakfast conversation between former pro-wrestler/wrestling manager Freddie Blassie and himself, at a very downscale pancake house in Los Angeles.

We are treated to Kaufman and Blassie discussing things like their aversion to shaking peoples' hands: Blassie notes that the person extending his hand could have just been wiping himself "and their finger could have gone through the toilet paper."

Kaufman and Blassie are being served breakfast by a very pregnant Thai waitress. Blassie rubs her belly, talking friendly to her and telling her it's for good luck. Then, after she walks away, he tells Kaufman, "Now we don't have to tip her so much." Later on in the film, he rubs her belly again, and then, after she walks away, comments: "That's another one we'll be feeding on welfare."

Kaufman's parody works, but it may not be for everyone. If you haven't seen "My Dinner with Andre," you may not fully get it. Also, this kind of humour is very different from almost anything you will see in a "mainstream" Hollywood comedy. But, having said that, I found "My Breakfast with Blassie" to be a real gas and recommend it highly!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Michael O. on March 25, 2001
Format: VHS Tape
At first you will be scratching your head asking yourself......"What the heck is this?" By the end of the movie you will be laughing like a madman and be telling yourself....."now I get it." Die-hard Andy fans will love it. Any wrestling fan who knows Freddie Blassie will love it. This movie has no point, not reason for being made, and no plot. It is just two guys sitting down shooting the bull about absolutely nothing. And it keeps you captivated.
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Format: DVD
Just in time to "scoop" the Criterion release of the engaging but much-maligned conversation film My Dinner with Andre comes the (long-awaited? maybe) dvd release of Andy Kaufmann's hilarious and uncomfortable low-budget improvised spoof: "My Breakfast with Blassie." Kaufmann, complete with neck brace and in the midst of his "intergender" professional wrestling phase, meets an old hero, the former wrestler and (then) current manager Freddie Blassie. Instead of intellectual conversation about art and life in a French restaurant in New York City, we are in an L.A. diner, where Andy chats with Blassie about breakfast, fame, germs and disease, and wrestling, where he harasses other diners, and eggs Blassie on to reveal his latent and disturbing racist and sexist attitudes (suggestive of the subsequent comedic work of Sacha Baron Cohen in Borat).

It's an intriguing look at Kaufmann's approach to comedy, and a funny counterbalance to the high-brow conversation in Louis Malle's film. Is it brilliant? Of course not. It's an improvised amusing and awkward encounter between an artist who creates comedy from pushing a certain persona to extremes and a former wrestler who has long since blurred any line between his persona and his personality. Well worth watching for both lovers and haters of My Dinner. (Note: this was originally shot on low quality video, so don't expect a high quality cinematic experience. I think that's part of the "charm" - or perhaps the whole point of the thing is that these guys are not about charm and the film aesthetics certainly mirror that.)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 6, 1999
Format: VHS Tape
Name any world figure or celebrity superstar, and Andy Kaufman could have upstaged him. What a shame the Lord took him so young, but I, for one, don't argue with God. I wonder where Andy would have gone with his career. Anyway, see MY BREAKFAST WITH BLASSIE. While not as funny as some of Kaufman's work, the film certainly does what the late artist did best: command undivided attention.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 27, 1999
Format: VHS Tape
The world will never have the honor to experience another Andy Kaufman. A true genius and will always be missed greatly by his fans. People had a hard time understanding his type of comedy. But for those lucky people that did, loved him and appreciated his courage. I have so much admiration for this man. Especially, for him to be so much before my time.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By drqshadow on January 24, 2012
Format: DVD
In this improvised pseudo-documentary, we're invited to tag along as Andy Kaufman, right in the heart of his run as a pro wrestling heel, meets up with legendary grappler / manager "Classy" Freddie Blassie for a course of waffles and orange juice at a nondescript Los Angeles restaurant. Though the two couldn't be more dissimilar in terms of size, age, background and disposition, together they make for a riotously funny comedic pairing, picking on everything from dating, personal hygiene, living conditions and travel over the course of their long, rambling mealtime conversation. Along the way, they alternately hit on and pick fights with the women seated behind them, belittle their foreign, pregnant waitress and complain about the design of the shop's menus. Kaufman even abruptly exits the shoot for a few minutes, leaving Blassie to blather on incessantly, like a crotchety old man with too much to say. Completely absurd and ridiculous, it's also one of the funniest things I've seen all month.
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