Mr. Saturday Night (1992)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB

USA, 1992.  Castle Rock Entertainment, Face Productions, New Line Cinema.  Screenplay by Billy Crystal, , .  Cinematography by .  Produced by Billy Crystal.  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  

Touching fictional biopic that descends into sentimentality in its finale but not at great expense to the overall production. A show biz comedian (, who also scripted and directed), reflects on his life while living out his senior days in middling obscurity, remembering the happy days (meeting his wife, having his own television show), and the bad ones (not being able to get a job as his star waned). Meanwhile, his brother and lifelong manager (, who is superb) stands on the side to remind Crystal that the only thing that kept him from really making it big was his own negativity.  is adorable as Crystal’s patient wife, while Crystal gives a tour de force performance that even ascends the bad aging makeup when he portrays his character in his senior years.

Academy Award Nomination:  Best Supporting Actor (David Paymer)

Golden Globe Award Nominations:  Best Actor-Musical/Comedy (Billy Crystal); Best Supporting Actor (David Paymer)

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