Man on the Moon

Comedy / Drama

20. 12. 1999, Los Angeles, USA

114 min.


© 1999 Universal Studios

“This is a movie that testifies in blisteringly persuasive terms to the intense, particular genius of Jim Carrey.“

(Susan Stark, Detroit News, 1. 1. 2000)

“Man on the Moon stars Jim Carrey as the controversial comedian Andy Kaufman who is famous for his unconventional sense of humour, scandals, and endless mystifications. The film follows Kaufman from his first stand-up performances in local clubs, to his role in the sitcom “Taxi” and the shocking wrestling show, and ends with his last joke at his own funeral.

About the movie

You could never be sure what Kaufmann truly meant, and what was just one of his eccentric jokes. When Kaufman quit his popular role as the foreign mechanic Latko in “Taxi”,he explained, “I want to create just my own things.” Throughout the film, we watch as Kaufman creates his “own” world out of mystifications and hackneyed jokes not only on the stage, but also in his real life. 

Kaufman not only loses his audience, he also loses close friends and his girlfriend. During his downward spiral, Kaufman sings children’s songs to audiences looking for coarse jokes.  At a college campus show he reads “The Great Gatsby”. He invites his talent agent to a nightclub to watch a performance by a rude, loud-mouthed lounge singer named Tony Clifton who is revealed to be his alter- ego.

Kaufman would fake his own death or to set the theatre on fire just to make an audience laugh. Right when we think we “get” how his mind works, he baffles us with another shocking stunt or mystification. When Kaufman becomes ill, he goes to the Philippines seeking a miracle cure, but when he finds it he recognizes that he once pulled a similar scam (as performance art). With this knowledge Kaufman loses his last chance to be cured; he however accepts that for once the joke is on him.

This innovative biography follows Kaufman’s career from its very beginnings; from the nightclubs to the memorable success of his own show at Carnegie Hall. Despite the obscure and politically incorrect nature of his performance art, we watch Kaufman become a star right in front of our eyes. Milos Forman’s film is a tribute to Kaufman’s humour; it makes you laugh but at the same time gives you the creeps.  


  • In 1999, the magazine Entertainment Weekly called “Man On The Moon” the movie of the year.
  • Although the movie is based on a true story, more than only one real person inspired other characters. Some of the characters are completely fictitious as are some of the situations depicted.
  • Jim Carrey refused to be called by his real name during the entire production. To get into the role of Kaufman he insisted on being dealt with as Andy Kaufman at all times, on and off the set.
  • The title "Man on the Moon" refers to an R.E.M. song about Andy Kaufman from their album "Automatic For The People."
  • According to The Holywood Reporter, Jim Carrey arrived on the first day of shooting dressed as an ice cream man - truck and all – and proceeded to offer ice creams to the crew.
  • It was also reported that Carrey allegedly requested two trailers on the set - one for "Andy Kaufman" and one for "Tony Clifton" who was Kaufman's obnoxious lounge singer persona.
  • Danny DeVito worked with Kaufman on the television series “Taxi“. Other members of that show's cast including Marilu Henner, Judd Hirsch, Christopher Lloyd and Jeff Conaway make cameo appearances in the film playing themselves.
  • Danny DeVito did not only act in the movie, he also served as producer.
  • Andy’s girlfriend, Lynne Martoulis also appeared in the movie as one of the mourners in the funeral scene.
  • While the film was being shot Milos Forman suffered from insomnia so he took naps anytime it was possible, even on the set he would find himself a cozy place to fall asleep. At the end of shooting he received a gift from his colleagues - a photo album full of pictures of him sleeping on a couch, in a bed, on a truck, in his director’s chair and even on the floor. Forman has joked that despite the movie’s all-star cast, it didn’t earn enough money because the director had been sleeping all the time.

Milos Forman about the movie

  • “In 1975 Bob Henry invited me to see a show in Los Angeles. All the comedians, both the new ones and the old ones, were trying their luck on stage. And then this man came up, Andy Kaufman, completely unknown at the time. I was laughing like crazy but I wasn't sure what exactly I was laughing at. It was one of the most peculiar moments in my life. It was peculiar to such an extent that I started to take an interest in the life and career of Andy Kaufman. Twenty years later I met Danny (DeVito) at Michael Douglas's birthday party and we talked about Andy. Danny was telling me stories about him and I said: “What about making a movie?” He liked the idea and that’s how it started“.
  • “The reason I started to see his life as a movie was that I simply couldn’t figure out who the real Andy Kaufman was“.
  • “Casting Jim Carrey had been my idea from the start, but I hadn´t dared to cast that part randomly. So I said that everybody interested in that particular role should send me a videotape of them performing Andy Kaufman. The best videotape was from Jim Carrey. He apparently studied all the TV shots and historical data available, because he could not only imitate Kaufman’s voice but also mimic his gestures, and he impersonated him so completely – that I immediately promised the main part to Jim.“
  • “I am not exaggerating when I say that I’d never worked with Jim Carrey before. Every morning either Andy Kaufman or Tony Clifton or Latka or Elvis or some other foreigner came to the set. I suspect that he woke up as a certain character in the morning and he went to sleep as that character in the evening. I think I can give him the merit for the authenticity of the whole movie.”
  • “If you have experienced working with good people and you have understood each other, it would seem silly not to cooperate with them again. There are five people from “Cuckoo’s Nest”: Danny DeVito, Vincent Schiavelli, Christopher Lloyd, Sydney Lassick and Marya Small. Such a friendship always turns into something really good on screen.”
  • “I just like Courtney very much. She is very talented, in everything she says and does there is a seed of truth….”
  • “For many people involved it was a very emotional moment. Of course, Lynne Martoulis, Andy’s girlfriend, Andy’s manager George Shapiro, his other manager Howard Wet, and his close friend Bob Zmuda. And the whole “Taxi” crew was there. They hadn’t seen each other for years. When they came and saw the old set, Marilu Henner and Carol Kane were on the verge of tears.”
  • “Scott Alexander and Larry Karazewski are very talented screenwriters. They account for the American psyche and have a sense for dialogue. I especially admired the way they dealt with the tons of material on Andy. And I mean tons. They’d read everything and created a dramatic plot which helped the movie a lot.”
  • “Jimmy marched out of his trailer as Kaufman’s obnoxious alter ego and the whole crew was just that small. At noon he burst into the Paramount cafeteria where we were shooting, and marched straight to the VIP table: 'Hi, men! Howdy? I’m Tony Clifton!’ He shook their hands, patted them on the back, then moved on. But a terrible smell lingered after he’d left. Before coming in, Jimmy had rubbed stinky cheese on his hands.“
  • “I like to cast non-actors, because that brings excitement. Film makers are professionals, almost nothing excites them, they´re just doing their job. I used to hear this all the time:

    ‘Is that really Andy’s manager??‘
    ‘Yep, yep.‘
    ‘And does he play the owner of the club?‘
    ‘Yep, yep.‘
    Everyone said:  ‘Really?‘
    ‘And the little girl we see at the beginning, is that really Andy Kaufman´s granddaughter? Really??‘

    It became more thrilling then.“

  • “If the movie impressed the audience just as Andy had done, I would be satisfied. He wasn’t worried if he made the audience laugh or not. The only aim he had an interested in was forcing them to participate, to arouse emotions. But he didn’t pay attention whether the audience clapped, hissed, booed, or worshipped him… As long as there was emotion involved, he didn’t care.”

Making of

Behind the Moonlight

19 min., color
© 2000 Universal Studios Home Video

Official website



  • Los Angeles, California

  • Studio Universal’s Ateliers
    • The studio bodyguards throw Andy out of the studio.
    • Clips of Andy’s TV performance and the scenes in dressing rooms.
  • Peace Memorial Park
    • Andy’s funeral.
  • Vine Street Theater, Hollywood
    • Andy goes to the cinema with Lynne and buys popcorn.
  • Jerry’s Deli, Ventura Boulevard
    • Andy works the deli. His manager calls to talk to him about his career development.
  • Olympic Auditorium, Grand Avenue
    • A Woman’s wrestling match that ends with free-for-all.
  • Los Angeles Theatre
    • Kaufman’s famous show in Carnegie Hall “Milk and Honey” where he fakes a death and has Santa Claus fly in. After the show, Andy invites the audience for milk and biscuits.
  • Hotel Ambassador, Wilshire Boulevard
    • Andy’s manager’s office.
  • La Puente, California

  • Main Street in La Puente
    • Andy and Lynne talk about their relationship and wrestling matches.
  • Topanga, California

  • The Mermaid, Topanga Canyon
    • The sick Andy watches the sunset.
  • New York City, New York

  • Ed Sullivan Theater, Broadway, Manhattan
    • Andy Kaufman recites in front of the audience.
  • Great Neck, Long Island
    • Andy’s native home.
  • Carnegie Hall - 57th Street & 7th Avenue, Manhattan
    • Exteriors of Carnegie Hall.


  • Benguet Province, Luzon Island

  • Baguio
    • A dying Andy travels to a shaman in order to treat his cancer.


Boston Society of Film Critics Awards Boston, USA BSFC Award (Boston Society of Film Critics Award) Best Actor
Jim Carrey
("Andy Kaufman")
Online Film Critics Society Awards USA OFCS Award (Online Film Critics Society Award) Best Actor
Jim Carrey
("Andy Kaufman")
The International Press Academy's Satellite Awards Los Angeles
Golden Satellite Award Best Performance by an Actor in a leading role in a Motion Picture (Comedy or Musical)
Jim Carrey
("Andy Kaufman")
Golden Globe Awards
(58th Annual)
Los Angeles
Golden Globe Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture (Comedy / Musical)
Jim Carrey
("Andy Kaufman")
Best Motion Picture (Comedy / Musical)
Danny DeVito
Berlin International Film Festival Berlin
Golden Berlin Bear Best Film – Milos Forman
Berlin International Film Festival Berlin
Silver Berlin Bear Best Director
Milos Forman
American Comedy Awards Los Angeles
American Comedy Award Funniest Actor in a Motion Picture (Leading Role)
Jim Carrey
("Andy Kaufman")
Canadian Comedy Awards Toronto
Canadian Comedy Award Film - Performance - Male
Jim Carrey
("Andy Kaufman")
Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards Los Angeles
Critics Choice Award Best Picture
American Cinema Editors Awards Los Angeles
Eddie Best Edited Feature Film (Comedy or Musical) - Christopher Tellefsen, Lynzee Klingman, Adam Boome
Screen Actors Guild Awards Los Angeles
Actor® Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role
Jim Carrey
("Andy Kaufman")
Casting Society of America Los Angeles
Artios® Best Casting for Feature Film (Comedy)
Francine Maisler
MTV Movie Awards Culver city
MTV Movie Award Best Male Performance
Jim Carrey
("Andy Kaufman")
Prism Awards Beverly Hills
Prism Commendation Theatrical Feature Film
Hollywood Makeup Artist and Hair Stylist Guild Awards Los Angeles
Hollywood Makeup Artist and Hair Stylist Guild Award Best Character Make up (Feature)
Sheryl Ptak
Czech Lions Prague
Czech Republic
Czech Lion Best Foreign Language Film
Milos Forman
London Critics Circle Film Awards London
United Kingdom
ALFS Award (London Critics Circle Film Award) Actor of the Year
Jim Carrey
("Andy Kaufman")
Grammy Awards
(25th Annual)
Los Angeles
Grammy Best Song Written for a Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media
Peter Buck, Mike Mills, Michael Stipe
(for the song
"The Great Beyond")

Technical information

35 mm
Aspect ratio: 2,35:1
Sound mix: Dolby Digital, SDDS, DTS


Mutual Film Company and Uneversal Pictures present
A Jersey Films / Cinehaus Production
In Association with Shapiro / West Productions


Andy Kaufman Jim Carrey
George Shapiro Danny DeVito
Lynne Marguiles Courtney Love
Bob Zmuda Paul Giamatti
Maynard Smith (ABC Executive) Vincent Schiavelli
Ed Weinberger ('Taxi Producer') Peter Bonerz
Jerry Lawler Jerry Lawler
Stanley Kaufman (Andy's Father) Gerry Becker
Janice Kaufaman (Andy's Mother) Leslie Lyles
Little Michael Kaufman Greyson Pendry
Baby Carol Kaufman Brittany Colonna
Little Andy Kaufman Bobby Boriello
Mr. Besserman George Shapiro
Budd Friedman Budd Friedman
Wiseass Comic Tom Dreesen
Improv Piano Player Thomas Armbruster
Diane Barnett Pamela Abdy
Little Wendy Wendy Polland
Yogi Cash Oshman
Meditaion Student Matt Price
Meditation Student Christina Cabot
Richard Belzer Richard Belzer
Carol Kaufman Melanie Vesey
Michael Kaufman Michael Kelly
Saturday Night Live Assistant Miles Chapin
NBC Executive Dr. Isadore Rosenfeld
Maynard Smith's Assistant Molly Schaffer
ABD Executive Howard West
ABD Executive Greg Travis
ABD Executive Maureen Mueller
Mama Rivoli's Angry Guy Phil Perlman
Himself Tony Clifton
Mama Rivoli's Diner Jessica Devlin
Andy's Stand-In Jeff Thomas
Randall Carver Randall Carver
Taxi' Marching Man Howard Keystone
Howdy Doody Howdy Doody
Heavyset Technician Brent Briscoe
Blue Collar Guy Ray Bokhour
Blue Collar Guy Patton Oswalt
Sorority Girl Caroline Gibson
College Promoter Conrad Roberts
College Student Jeff Zabel
Madame Marilyn Sokol
Hooker Angela Jones
Hooker Krystina Carson
Taxi' AD / Stage Manager Gerry Robert Byrne
Los Angeles Times Reporter Mark Davenport
Taxi' Security Guard Bert F. Balsan
Taxi' Security Guard Lonnie Hamilton
Taxi' Security Guard Ron Sanchez
Taxi' Security Guard Billy Lucas
Ed. Weinberger's Secretary Patricia Scanlon
Harrah's Booker Max Alexander
Harrah's Conductor Ed Mitchell
Mimi Reiko Aylesworth
Merv Griffin Michael Villani
Irate Merv Spectator Maria Maglaris
Merv's Guest Coordinator Heath Hyche
Boxing Trainer Robert Holeman
Wrestling Commentator James Ross
Foxy Jackson Tamara Bossett
Foxy Jackson Referee Gene LeBell
Jack Burns Bob Zmuda
Friday's' Announcer Brian Peck
Friday's' Melanie Caroline Rhea
Friday's' Mary Mary Lynn Rajskub
Friday's' Tech Director Phil Lenkowsky
Friday's' Control Booth Tech Rob Steiner
Friday's' Floor Director Claudia Jaffee
Jerry Lawler Referee Mando Guerrero
Ring Announcer Lance Russell
Stadium Photographer Ladi von Jansky
Memphis Paramedic K. P. Palmer
Memphis Paramedic Mark Majetti
Memphis Paramedic Deana Ann Aburto
TM Administrator Mews Small
TM Administrator David Elliott
Bland Doctor Fredd Wayne
National Enquirer Editor Tracey Walter
National Enquirer Reporter David Koechner
National Enquirer Reporter Jeanine Jackson
Wild-Haired Guru Johnny Legend
Eleanor Gould Doris Eaton Travis
Carnegie Hall Conductor Greg Sutton
Crystal Healer Sydney Lassick
Jun Roxas Yoshi Jenkins
Comedy Store Patron Lance Alarcon
Comedy Store Waiter D. J. Johnson
Comedy Store Waitress Melissa Carrey
Stunt Coordinator Buddy Joe Hooker
Stunt Double for Jim Carrey Pat Banta


George Aguilar, Lesley Aletter, Elle Alexander, Bobby Bass, Tamara Bossett, Janet Brady, Charlie Brewer, Troy Brown, Edita Brychta, Heather Burton, Jennifer Caputo, Steven Chambers, Alisa Christensen, Caron Colvett, Christy Cotton, Richard Drown, Annie Ellis, Mando Guerrero, Ace Hatem, Joel Kramer, Gene LeBell, Helena Le Count, Mimi Lesseos, Billy Lucas, Kent Luttrell, Francine Morris, Michiko Nishiwaki, Ralph Odum, Shawn Odum, Cynthia Prouder, Suzanne Rampe, Cheryl Rusa, Lynn Salvatori, Diane Grant Schott, Sue Sexton, Gayle Sherman, Ron Stein, Lisa Stover, Cindy Thompson, David Welch, Spice Williams, Dick Ziker
Tony Clifton Bikers Doug Ford, Bill Reid, Chuck Zito
Unit Production Manager Michael Hausman
First Assistant Director David McGiffert
Second Assistant Director Stephen Hagen
Directed by Milos Forman
Written by Scott Alexander, Larry Karaszewski
Produced by Danny DeVito, Michael Shamberg, Stacey Sher
Executive Producers George Shapiro, Howard West
Executive Producer Michael Hausman
Co-Executive Producer Bob Zmuda
Director of Photography Anastas Michos
Production Designer Patrizia von Brandenstein
Edited by Christopher Tellefsen, Lynzee Klingman, Adam Boome
Casting by Francine Maisler
Casting Associate Kathleen Driscoll-Mohler
Music by R.E.M.
Score Produced by Pat McCarthy
Music Supervisor Anita Camarata
Costume Designer Jeffrey Kurland
Associate Producers Scott Ferguson, Pamela Abdy
Produced in Association with Tele-München, BBC and Marubeni / Toho-Towa
Production Supervisor & Post Production Supervisor Gerry Robert Byrne
Unit Supervisor Henning Molfenter
Creative Consultant Lynne Margulies
Art Director James Truesdale
Set Decorator Maria Nay
Assistants Art Director John Berger, Andrew Menzies
Assistant Set Decorator Liz Chiz
Property Master Emily Ferry
Assistant Property Master Joy Taylor
Property Assistant Neil Gonzalez
Leadman Jason Bedig
Graphic Artist Steve Samanen
A Camera Operator Mitch Dubin
B Camera Operators Kim Marks, Scott Sakamoto
First Assistants Camera Pat McArdle, Robin Melhuish
Second Assistants Camera Kate O'Neill, Eric Amundsen
Camera Loader Andrew Osborne
Production Sound Mixer Chris Newman
Boom Operators Marc-Jon Sullivan, Gregg Harris
24 Frame Video Coordinator John Monsour
Video Assist Stan Harrison
Gaffer Jack English
Best Boy James Babineaux
Elecricians Erik, Erichsen, Blake Hill, Juan Mors, Steve Thorp, Ben Zura
Dimmer Operator Gene Hara
Key Grip Christopher Centrella
Best Boy Grip Dean King
A Dolly Grip Brad Rea
B Dolly Grip Bill Summers
Grips Ron Glenn, Ken King, Hugh McCallum, Tommy Noroian
Rigging Gaffer Christopher Lyons
Rigging Best Boy Glenn Moran
Rigging Eletricians Mark Lindsey, Jerome Pondella, Mark Sadler, Jeff Wild, Chrstopher Zwirner
Rigging Grip Jeff Kluttz
Best Boy Rigging Grip Oscar Gomez
Rigging Grips Joe Bates, Hillary Klym, Tom Wazney, Ignacio Woolfolk
Special Effectc Coordinator Larry Fioritto
Special Effectc Virgil Sanchez
Assistant Costume Designer Bob Wojewodski
Costume Supervisor Elaine Maser
Key Set Costumer Tricia Bercsi
Set Costumer Shoshana Rubin
Mr. DeVito's Costumer Corey Bronson
Mr. Carrey's Costumer Cindy Evans
Costumers Janis Mekalian, Karo Vartania
Makeup Deparment Head Ve Neill
Key Makeup Bill Corso
Mr. Carrey's Makeup Sheryl Ptak
Original Tony Clifton Makeup Designed by Bob Zmuda
Hair Department Head Yolanda Toussieng
Key Hair Stylist Kathe Swanson
Hair Stylist Lee Ann Brittenham
Script Supervisor Wilma Garscadden-Gahret
Location Manager Jim Maceo
Assistants Location Manager Randy Flosi, Frank H. Woodward
Production Accountant Jackie Baugh
Payroll Accountant David C. Romano
Key Assistant Accountant Kaye McCall
Assistants Accountant Katie Zaslaw, Nicole Gallardo, Michele Kennedy
Production Office Coordinator Jacqui Popelka
Assistant Production Office Coordinator Marci Rosenberg
Production Office Secretary Elizabeth A. Meredith
2nd 2nd Assistants Director Tim Engle, Michael Risoli
Art Department Coordinator Karla Triska
Casting Associate Kathryn Eisenstein, Jon Strotheide
Extras Casting Central Casting, Cenex Casting
Extras Casting Tony Hobbs
Crowd Promotion Audience Associates
Unit Publicist Spooky Stevens
Still Photographer Francois Duhamel
Executive Assistant to Mr. Carrey Linda Fields-Hill
Assistant to Mr. Forman Max Hunt
Assistants to Mr. DeVito Julian Andraus, Ian Harrington, Laurie Record
Assistant to Mr. Shamberg Winfield Han
Assistants to Ms. Sher Adrienne Biddle, Natasha Cuba
Assistant to Mr. Shapiro Aimee Hyatt
Assistant to Mr. West Amy MacNow
Assistant to Mr. Zmuda Ranko Masuyama
Conceptual Storyboard Artist Tom Southwell
TV Sitcom Tech Advisor Peter Bonterz
Choreographer Jaymi Marshall
Stock Footage Researcher Drborah Ricketts
Additional Stock Footage Research Take Aim Productions
Key Set Production Assistant John Saunders
Set Production Assistants Dan Berkowitz, Tammy Dickson, Karis Jagger, Jho Nasraway, Travis Stewart, Phillippa Weaver
Office Production Assistants Jon Borchers, Rich Jones, Shaun Merriman
Art Department Production Assistants Michael Truesdale, Polly Walter, Kate Keady
Camera Production Assistant Willo Hausman
Extras Coordinator Taylor Bernard
Constuction Coordinator David Elliott
General Foreman Michael Crowley
Propmaker Foremen Reyes Rodriguez, Todd Watschke, Joshua King, R. Lucas Stewart, David Davern
Welding Foreman Chris M. Alvarez
Constuction Buyer Cynthia Martinez
Labor Foreman Edward A. Regan
Head Painter John Snow
Paint Foremen Chris Barnes, Jeff Cahill
Paint Gang Boss Bob Fox
Sign Painter Thomas Moffitt
Stand-By Painter Charles W. Eskridge
Drapery Foreman Bob Baker
Draper / Set Dresser Donald Goodman
On Set Dresser Mara Massey
Set Dressers Dale Anderson, Brooke Bacon, Brent Blom, Brooke Sartorius
Mr. Carrey's Stand-In Kerry Hoyt
Ms. Love's Stand-In Cassandra Wessle
Ms. DeVito's Stand-In Freddie Scialla
Mr. Carrey's Security Dotan Bonen
Transportation Coordinator James Taylor
Transporation Captain David Jernigan
Set Captain Rick Chouinard
Mr. Forman's Driver Kelly Aldrich
Mr. Carrey's Driver Jerry McMullen
Mechanic Don Harback
Catering For Stars Catering - Frank Woodward, Michelle Woodward
Craft Service Charlie Scott
Security Cast Security - Vince Cortez
Mr. Carrey's Masseuse Linnea Light Harris
Set Medic Todd J. Adelman

New York Crew

Art Director Ray Kluga
Set Decorator Karin Wiesel
Assistant Set Decorator Diane Lederman
Set Buyer Alexanda Mazur
Property Master Kevin Ladson
Assistant Property Master Tyler Kim
Prop Victor Littlejohn
Leadman Tim Metzger
B Camera Operator Tom Weston
B Camera 1st Assistant Jim Belletier
B Camera 2nd Assistans Lee Kazista, Rod Calarco
Camera Loader Braden Belmonte
24 Frame Video Playback Howard Weiner, Gary M. Parker
Video Assist Operator Bob Balzarini
Gaffer Bob Conners
Best Boy Jay Fortune
Generator Operators Ray Fortune, Leon Vercruse
Key Grip Edwin A. Quinn
Best Boy Grip Edward J. Egan III
Rigging Gaffer Jim Malone
Rigging Key Grip Thomas Gilligan
Men's Costume Supervisor Benjamin Wilson
Women's Costume Supervisor Melissa Stanton
Key Makeup Marianne Skiba
Key Hair Stylist Patricia Grande
Location Manager Tom Whelan
Assistant Location Manager Lynn Powers
Location Scout Lauren Keane
Production Accountant Carla Schorr Rose
Assistant Accountant Joanna Zorick
Payroll Accountant Darryl A. Smith
Production Office Coordinator Chrissie Davis
Assistant Production Office Coordinator Katherine M. Cohn
2nd 2nd Assistant Director Michael I. Smith
Extras Casting Kee Casting
Set Production Assistants Augie Carton, Matt Power
Office Production Assistant Vincente Stasolla
Art Department Production Assistant Beth Dary
Location Assistants Stephen Carr, Jon M. Johnson, Jimmy Price, Julia Rydholm
Constuction Coordinator Martin Bernstein
Constuction Foreman Michael Curry
Key Construction Grip Arne Olsen
Construction Grips Ralph Fratianni, Arne Olsen Jr.
Greensperson Will Scheck
Scenic Charge Jon Ringbom
Scenic Foreperson June DeCamp
Camera Scenic Peter Hackman
Scenic / Shop Manager Joyce Leipertz
Construction Shop Production Assistant Sanjit De Silva
2nd Dresser Harvey Goldberg
On Set Dresser Joe Taglairino
Transportation Captain Thomas Leavey
Transportation Co-Captain Mike Buckman
Catering Coast to Coast Catering
Craft Service Joe Facey, Melina C. Pavlides
Aerial Coordinator Gerry Robert Byrne

Lake Tahoe Aerial Unit

Helicopter Pilot Dirk Vahle
Aerial Cameraman Stan McClain
Aerial Assistant Cameraman Mark Leins
Wescam Technician Steve Winslow

Bagio City Aerial Unit

Beech 18 Pilot Skip Evans
DC-3 Pilot Gary Douris
DC-3 Co-pilot Dirk Vahle
Post Production Coordinator Rebecca L. Murray
Post Production Accountant Lisa Cofini
Post Production Assistant Jerry Carita
First Assistant Editor (NY) Martin Levenstein
Assistants Editors (NY) Sonia Gonzalez, Beatrice Sisul
Editing Room Apprentice Samara Levenstein
Assistants Editors (LA) Michael Hofacre, Judith Ann Wesley
Editing Room Apprentice Christine Kim
Sound Re-Recording Mixers Michael Barry, Ron Bochar
Supervising Sound Editor Ron Bochar
Dialogue Editors Nicholas Renbeck, Phil Stockton
Supervising ADR Editor Hal Levinsohn
ADR Mixer David Boulton
Backroung Vocale David Kramer's " Looping Group
Sound Effects Editors Lewis Goldstein, Ben Cheah
Foley Supervisor Kam Chan
Foley Artist Marko Costanzo
Assistants Sound Editor Wyatt Sprague, Chris Fielder, Igor Nikolic
Apprentice Sound Editor Ruth Hernandez
Sound Intern Alice Byrne
Re-Recording Assistant Terry Laudermilch
Dolby Consultant Geof Lipman
Wescam Provided by Wescam
Michelle Cisneros
Front Screen Projection by Hansard Enterprises
Optical Balsmeyer & Everett
The Effects House
Negative Cutter Gary Burritt
Color Timer Jim Passon
Title Design and Visual Effects Produced by Balsmeyer & Everett
Visual Effects Supervisor Randall Balsmeyer
Music Editor Shari Schwartz Johanson
Associate Music Editor Missy Cohen
Associate Music Supervisor Kaylin Frank
Ms. Camarala's Assistant Cari Cohen
Live Recording Engineered and Mixed by Joel Moss
Additional Engineers Jimmy Hoyson, Fred Vogler, Ric Wilson
Live and Pre-Recording Produced by Ed Mitchell
Recorded and Mixed by Pat McCarthy, Jamie Candiloro
Orchestratione Alexander Janko, Eddie Horst
Music Preparation Jo Anne Kane Music Services
Music Contractor David Low
Recorded at Cello Studio, Royaltone Studios, Sony Scoring Stage, The Monastary
Mixed at O'Henry Sound Studios

New York City Rockettes

Danielle Burgio, Linda Cevallos, Batsy Chang, Jennifer Chavarria, Shirry Dolgin, Lisa Eaton, Melanie Gage, Catherine Hader, Betsy Harris, Kelly Jones, Tricia Lilly, Karen Martin, Tabatha Mays, Katie Miller, Jessica Moore, Tara Nicole, Mia Pitts, Kelly Sheerin, Alison Simpson, Melinda Songér, Michon Suyama, Michelle Swanson, Natalie Webb

Tony Clifton Dancers

Jacqueline Case, Karen Blake Challman, Teresa Chapman, Kelly Cooper, Penny Fisher, Eva Jenickova, Lindsay Lopez, Natalie Mills, April Nixon, Tiffany Olson, Kathryn Rossberg, Karissa Seaman, Lea Sullivan, Amy Tinkham, Kristin K. Willits
Saturday Night Live Band Thomas Barney, Lewis del Gatto, Alex Foster, Earl Gardner, Lukasz Gottwald, Cheryl Hardwick, Valerie Naranjo, Shawn Pelton, Leon Pendarvis, Leonard Pickett, Steve Turre
Mama Rivoli's Band Frank DeVito, Tony Galla, Frank Marocco, Pat Senatore
Letterman' Band Anton Fig, Will Lee, Sid McGinnis
Comedy Store Band Robert Emmet, Michael Lufkin, James McCarty, David Thomasson, Thomas Verdonck
Harrah's Band Hal Blaine, Charlie Brissette, Evan Diner, Tim Divers, Phillip Feather, Alex Iles, James Lum, Norman Mamey, John Mitchell, Robert O'Donnell, Greg Prechel, James Sawyer, David Thomasson, Steven Williams, John Yoakum
Soundtrack Album on Jersey Records / Warner Bros. Records
"Also Sprach Zarathustra" Written by Richard Strauss
Arranged by Charlie Brissette
"Angela" Written and Performed by Bob James
Courtesy of Tappan Zee Records
"Bartered Bride Overture" Written by Bedrich Smetana
Performed by New York Philharmonic
Conducted by Leonard Bernstein
Courtesy of Sony Classical
By Arrangament with Sony Music Licensing
"Blue Suede Shoes" Written by Carl Lee Perkins
"Fanfare for Andy" Written by Charlie Brissette and Ed Mitchell
"Funiculi Funicula" Written by Lugi Denza
Arranged by Charlie Brissette
"Going the Distance" Written and Performed by Bill Conti
Courtesy of Metro-Goldwyn-Meyer Music
"The Great Beyond" Written by Peter Buck, Mike Mills, Michael Stipe
Performed by R.E.M.
Produced by Pat McCarthy
Mixed by Pat McCarthy and Jamie Candiloro
Courtesy of Warner Bros. Records
"Hallelujah Chorus" (from "Messiah") Written by George Frideric Handel
Arranged by Charlie Brissette
"Hanshan Temple" (Traditional) Arranged by Yang Terng Yow
Courtesy of AIFA / IRC
"Here Comes Santa Claus" Written by Gene Autry and Oakly Haldeman
Arranged by Charlie Brissette
"Here's Tony" Written by Charlie Brissette and Ed Mitchell
"It's Howdy Doody Time" Music from "Ta-Ra-Ra-Boom-De-Ay" by Henry J. Sayers
Words by Robert Smith and Edward Kean
Courtesy of Simitar Entertainment
"I Will Survive" Written by Federick Perren and Dino Fekaris
Arranged by Charlie Brissette
"I've Gotta Be Me" Written by Walter Marks
Arranged by Norman Mamey
"Jailhouse Rock" Written by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller
"Jingle, Jangle, Jingle" Music by Joseph Lilley
Lyrics by Frank Loesser
Arranged by Norman Mamey
"Kiss You All Over" Written by Mike Chapman and Nicky Chinn
Performed by Exile
Courtesy of Mike Chapman Enterprises
"La Cumparsita" Written by G.H. Matos Rodriguez
Performed by Jose Basso & His Orchestra
Courtesy of Capitol Records
Under license from Emi-Capitol Special Markets
"Main and End Title from 'Lassie'" Written by William Lava
Courtesy of Marlen Music
"Man on the Moon" Written by Bill Berry, Peter Buck, Mike Mills and Michael Stipe
Performed by R.E.M.
Produced by Scott Litt and R.E.M.
Mixed by Scott Litt and Clif Norrell
Courtesy of Warner Bros. Records
By Arrangament with Warner Special Products
"March & Fanfare" Written by Richard Bob Greene
Performed by The Bobs
Courtesy of The Bobs
"Mighty Mouse Theme" Written by Marshall Barer, Jimmy Carroll and Philip Scheib
Performed by The Sandpipers
Courtesy of Drive Entertainment
"Oh, The Cow Goes Moo" Written by Andy Kaufman
"One More Song for You" Written by Michael O'Martian and Stormie O'Martian
Performed by Andy Kaufman
Courtesy of Soundstage WTTW / Chicago
"Parade of Charioteers" Written by Miklos Rozsa
Performed by Boston Pops Orchestra
Conducted by John Williams
Mixed by Scott Litt and Clif Norrell
Courtesy of Sony Classical
By Arrangament with Sony Music Licensing
"Raag Mian Ki Todi" Arranged and Performed by Akbar Khan
Courtesy of Oriental Star
By Arrangement with OSA / IRC
"Rock the Boat" Written by Waldo Holmes
Performed by Hues Corporation
Courtesy of The RCA Records Label of BMG Entertainment
"Rose Marie" Music by Rudolf Friml (Additional music by Herbert Stothart)
Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II, Otto Harbach
Performed by Andy Kaufman
Courtesy of NBC Studios
"Route 69'" Written by Charlie Brissette and Ed Mitchell
Performed by Tom Armbruster
"Sextet From 'Lucia Di Lammermoor'" Written by Gaetano Donizetti
Performed by Clara Cluck
Courtesy of Walt Disney Records
"This Friendly World'" Written by Kenneth Darby
Arranged by Norman Mamey
"The Thing'" Written by Lenny Pickett
Performed by Lenny Pickett & The House Band
"Volare'" Music by Domenico Modugno
Lyrics by Franco Migliacci and Domenico Modugno (English lyrics by Mitchel Parish)
Arranged by Norman Mamey
Carnegie Hall interior not filmed in Carnegie Hall
Video Effects Created with the Trinity PC Video Production System from Play Incorporated
Howdy Doody Puppeteers Rene and His Artists - Rene, Doug Seymore
Technical Assistant Howdy Doody Velma Dawson
Saturday Night Live Lorne Michaels, Kenny Aymong, Stacey Foster, Eugene Lee
Production Facilities Provided by NBC, New York Mary Gallagher, George Mendez
The Late Show with David Letterman Rob Burnett, Gerry Foley, Kathleen Ankers, Kathy Mavrikakis
Production Facilities Provided by CBS, New York Ken Smith
Australian Production Services provided by The Cinema Partners Group
Excessive la Charge of Australian Production Services James Michael Vernon
Playboy Magazine Courtesy of Playboy Enterprises
The New Yorker Magazine Courtesy of The New Yorker
"2000 Year Old Man" Animated character by Leo Salkin
Fridays and Related Elements Courtesy of Moffitt-Lee Productions
Pac-Man™ ©1980 Namco and Ms. Pacman™ ©1980 Namco Courtesy of Namco Holding Corp.
Taxi and Related Elements™ & © Paramount Pictures Corp. All Rights Reserved
The Producers Would Like to Thank
Nikki Allyn Grosso
The Grand Olympic Auditorium
New York City Mayor's Office of Film, Theatre & Broadcasting
Entertainment Industry Development Corporation, Los Angeles
City of West Hollywood, CA
City of La Puente, CA
City of Great Neck, NY
Harrah's Lake Tahoe
California State University, Long Beach, CA

Special Thanks to

Stanley Kaufman, Michael Kaufman, Carol Kaufman
Filmed in Panavision®
Deluxe Laboratories
Kodak Motion Picture Film
DTS - Digital Sound®
SDDS - Sony Dynamic Digital Sound
Dolby Digital®
© 1999 Universal Studios
Animated Universal Studios Logo © 1997 Universal Studios
While this picture is based upon a true story, some characters have been composited or invented, and a number of incidents fictionalized







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