Man on the Moon | 1999

Drama, Comedy
The story of Andy Kaufman, the comic genius who knew no boundaries.
Director: Milos Forman
Awards: 1 Golden Globe win. Another 2 wins & 3 nominations | full awards »

Cast

... Andy Kaufman

Actor

... George Shapiro

Actor

... Lynn Margulies

Actor

... Stanley Kaufman

Actor

... Little Michael Kaufman

Actor

... Baby Carol Kaufman

Actor

... Janice Kaufman

Actor

... Little Andy Kaufman

Actor

... Mr Besserman

Actor

... Himself

Actor

... Wiseass Comic

Actor

... Improv Piano Player

Actor

Company

Audience Associates

Production Company

Bagio City Aerial Unit

Production Company

Balsmeyer & Everett Inc

Production Company

CAST Security Inc

Production Company

CBS Studios

Production Company

California State University

Production Company

Synopsis

Andy Kaufman, who died in 1984 at the age of 35, was considered one of the most innovative, eccentric and enigmatic performers of his time. A master at manipulating audiences, Kaufman could generate belly laughs, stony silence, tears or brawls. Whether inviting the audience out for milk and cookies or challenging women to inter-gender wrestling matches, he specialized in creating performances so real that even his close friends were never really sure where the real truth lay. Although described variously as "a nihilistic elf, a Zen guerilla, a dadaist comedian and the first true performance artist," Kaufman always preferred to think of himself as simply "a song and dance man." Kaufman grew from an Elvis impersonator to a performer who broke all the rules. By refusing to break character or let audiences in on the joke, he frequently pushed his art over the edge, leaving his audience alternately baffled and amused, but it was all part of the act.

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