Man on the Moon
Man on the Moon poster
Directed by Miloš Forman
Produced by Danny DeVito
Written by Scott Alexander
Larry Karaszewski

Jim Carrey
Danny DeVito
Courtney Love
Paul Giamatti

Music by R.E.M.
Cinematography Anastas N. Michos
Editing by Adam Boome
Lynzee Klingman
Christopher Tellefsen
Distributed by Universal Pictures
Release December 22, 1999
Running time 119 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $82 million
Gross revenue $47,434,430

Man on the Moon is a 1999 American biographical comedy-drama film about the late American entertainer Andy Kaufman, starring Jim Carrey. The film was directed by Miloš Forman and also features Danny DeVito, Courtney Love and Paul Giamatti. DeVito worked with Kaufman on the Taxi television series, and 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. The film also features Patton Oswalt before he became famous.

The story traces Kaufman's steps from childhood through the comedy clubs, and television appearances that made him famous, including his memorable appearances on Saturday Night Live, Late Night with David Letterman, Fridays, and his role as Latka Gravas on the Taxi sitcom, which was popular for viewers but disruptive for Kaufman's co-stars. The film pays particular attention to the various inside jokes, scams, put-ons, and happenings for which Kaufman was famous, most significantly his long-running "feud" with wrestler Jerry "The King" Lawler and his portrayal of the bawdy lounge singer Tony Clifton.

Although the film received mixed reviews, Carrey received critical acclaim for his chameleonic performance and won a Golden Globe, his second win in a row after receiving an award for The Truman Show previously. He was nominated in the Musical/Comedy category for Man on the Moon, and remarked in his acceptance speech that he thought the film was a drama at heart, an opinion shared by others, but also a reference to how Kaufman saw himself as a "song and dance man".


  • Jim Carrey as Andy Kaufman/Tony Clifton
  • Danny DeVito as George Shapiro
  • Courtney Love as Lynne Margulies
  • Paul Giamatti as Bob Zmuda/Tony Clifton
  • Gerry Becker as Stanley Kaufman
  • Leslie Lyles as Janice Kaufman
  • George Shapiro as Mr. Besserman
  • Pamela Abdy as Diane Barnett
  • Cash Oshman as Yogi
  • Richard Belzer as Himself
  • Melanie Vesey as Carol Kaufman
  • Michael Kelly as Michael Kaufman
  • Vincent Schiavelli as Maynard Smith
  • Peter Bonerz as Ed. Weinberger
  • Michael Villani as Merv Griffin
  • Jerry Lawler as Himself
  • Bob Zmuda as Jack Burns

External links

Jim Carrey films

The Sex and Violence Family Hour (1983)  · Copper Mountain (1983)  · All in Good Taste (1983)  · Finders Keepers (1984)  · Once Bitten (1985)  · Peggy Sue Got Married (1986)  · The Dead Pool (1988)  · Earth Girls Are Easy (1989)  · Pink Cadillac (1989)  · High Strung (1991)  · Doing Time on Maple Drive (1992)  · Ace Ventura: Pet Detective (1994)  · The Mask (1994)  · Dumb and Dumber (1994)  · Batman Forever (1995)  · Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls (1995)  · The Cable Guy (1996)  · Liar Liar (1997)  · The Truman Show (1998)  · Simon Birch (1998)  · Man on the Moon (1999)  · Me, Myself & Irene (2000)  · Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000)  · The Majestic (2001)  · Bruce Almighty (2003)  · Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)  · Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events (2004)  · Fun with Dick and Jane (2005)  · The Number 23 (2007)  · Horton Hears a Who! (2008)  · Yes Man (2008)  · I Love You Phillip Morris (2009)  · A Christmas Carol (2009)  · Under the Sea 3D (2009)  · Mr. Popper's Penguins (2011)  · The Incredible Burt Wonderstone (2013)  · Kick-Ass 2 (2013)  · Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues (2013)  · Dumb and Dumber To (2014)  ·

Danny DeVito films

Twins (1988)  · Batman Returns (1992)  · Last Action Hero (1993)  · Junior (1994)  · Man on the Moon (1999)  · Austin Powers in Goldmember (2002)  ·