My Favorite Year (1982)

92 min.
Plot  Benjy Stone (Mark Linn-Baker), the narrator, tells of the summer (in his "favorite year" of 1954) he met his idol, swashbuckling actor Allan Swann (Peter O'Toole). In the early days of television, Benjy works as a junior comedy writer for a variety show starring Stan "King" Kaiser (Joseph Bologna). As a special upcoming guest, they get the still famous (though largely washed-up) Swann. However, when he shows up, they realize that he is a roaring drunk. Kaiser is ready to dump him, until Benjy intervenes and promises to keep him sober during the week leading up to the show.

As Benjy watches out for Swann (or at least tries to keep up with him), they learn a lot about each other, including the fact that they both have family they try to hide from the rest of the world. In Benjy's case, it's his Jewish mother (Lainie Kazan), who is married to a Filipino former bantamweight boxer, Rookie Carroca (Ramon Sison), and Benjy's embarrassing relatives, such as uncouth Uncle Morty (Lou Ja...



Peter O'Toole
Alan Swann
Mark Linn-Baker
Benjy Stone
Jessica Harper
K.C. Downing
Joseph Bologna
Stan "King" Kaiser
Bill Macy
Sy Benson
Lainie Kazan
Belle Carroca
Basil Hoffman
Herb Lee
George Wyner
Myron Fein
Cameron Mitchell
Karl Rojeck
Gloria Stuart
Mrs. Horn


All Titles

My Favorite Year
English Original Title

Release Dates


United States




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