My Favourite Year


(out of 5)

 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.

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Brooksfilms

USA, 1982

Directed by 

Story by , Screenplay by Dennis Palumbo, 

Cinematography by 

Produced by

Music by 

Production Design by

Costume Design by

Film Editing by

Academy Award Nomination
Best Actor in a Leading Role (Peter O’Toole as “Alan Swann”)

Golden Globe Award Nominations
Best Motion Picture-Comedy or Musical
Best Performance By An Actor in a Motion Picture-Comedy or Musical (Peter O’Toole)
Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture (Lainie Kazan)




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