About The Film
Peter O’Toole gives a flamboyant Oscar-nominated performance as a booze-loving Hollywood movie star, cut down to size by the small screen, in the comedy classic MY FAVORITE YEAR.
Once a swashbuckling matinee idol, the aging Alan Swann (O’Toole) has since earned notoriety as a drunken womanizer who hides his insecurities in a bottle. Forced to perform on a 1950s network variety show, the erratic film actor becomes the responsibility of Benjy Stone (Mark Linn-Baker), the show’s hapless junior writer. The two become friends, and visit Stone’s Brooklyn home, where Swann is fawned over by Benjy’s neurotic Jewish mother (Lainie Kazan). As an exasperated Stone tries to keep his childhood hero out of trouble and deliver him sober to the studio, Swann belies his silver screen image, resulting in escalating panic and near-disaster in front of a live TV audience.
The directorial debut of actor Richard Benjamin, MY FAVORITE YEAR features an outstanding supporting cast, and is inspired by Mel Brooks’s time as a young writer on Sid Caesar’s TV variety show, and his real-life interactions with another swashbuckler, Errol Flynn. The Atlanta Jewish Film Festival is proud to present a special 35th Anniversary screening of this delightful and riotous paean to the chaotic early days of live television.