My Old Addiction

My Favourite Year

RICHARD BENJAMIN

Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1982Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Brooksfilms.  Story by , Screenplay by Dennis Palumbo, .  Cinematography by .  Produced by .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  Academy Awards 1982Golden Globe Awards 1982.  

 stars as a young writer on a 1950s talk show who is recruited to babysit an alcoholic, once-famous Errol Flynn-esque movie star ( at his most outlandish) until he appears on their program as a guest. Excited to finally meet his movie idol, our young hero is thrown into a series of unfortunate adventures that have him bouncing all over New York state in an effort to keep O’Toole from harm or, worse, not appearing on the show. O’Toole gives one of his most beloved performances in this wonderful movie, as does  as Linn-Baker’s overbearing but kind mother (whose scenes with O’Toole are among the film’s most enjoyable). Terrific comedy, with a big heart at its centre, this is probably Richard Benjamin’s best film as director.

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