In actor Richard Benjamin’s directorial debut, Benjy Stone (Mark-Linn Baker) reminisces about his time as a junior writer on a popular 1950’s television show and the effect it had on his life. He is assigned to watch over the hard-drinking, womanizing guest star of one week’s show, Alan Swann (the late, great Peter O’Toole, in one of his eight Academy Award nominated performances). The result is a superb mixture of hilarity and pathos. Able support is provided by Joseph Bologna as King Kaiser, the show’s host; Jessica Harper as Benjy’s crush; and a cast of veteran character actors portraying Benjy’s fellow comedy writers and family.
While the plot is largely fictional, the character of Benjy is largely based on executive producer Mel Brooks’ and Woody Allen’s time as writers on Sid Caesar’s "Your Show of Shows."
“Looking exquisitely ravaged, O’Toole portrays a legendary Hollywood star in the Errol Flynn mold…Lainie Kazan hilariously overdoes the Jewish mother bit." - Variety, 12/31/1981.
"Richard Benjamin directs the smartish script and the chaotic tomfoolery quite brilliantly… magnificent comic climax. " - TimeOut
"I have wanted to share My Favorite Year with others for years. Turns out, loads of people love this picture, though most have not seen it since its release in 1982." – Dan Rodricks, Baltimore Sun, 5/6/2004
Directed by Richard Benjamin, 1982, 92 min., color, Rated PG
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