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David Bruce
Jim Carrey does an excellent job of portraying Andy Kaufman's spiritual journey from prankster to joy giver.

-Review by David Bruce
MAN ON THE MOON
(1999)

This page was created on December 30, 1999,
and was last updated on Tuesday, January 11, 2000

Directed by Milos Forman
Writing credits: Scott Alexander & Larry Karaszewski

Jim Carrey as Andy Kaufman/Tony Clifton
Tony Clifton as Tony Clifton)
Danny DeVito as George Shapiro
Courtney Love as Lynne Margulies
George Shapiro as Club owner
Paul Giamatti as Bob Zmuda
Vincent Schiavelli as Maynard Smith
Peter Bonerz as Ed Weinberger
Jerry Lawler as Himself
Gerry Becker as Stanley Kaufman
Leslie Lyles as Janice Kaufman
J. Alan Thomas as Himself
Bob Zmuda as Anger Stagehand
Randall Carver as Himself
Jeff Conaway as Himself
Budd Friedman as Himself
Marilu Henner as Herself
Judd Hirsch as Himself
Carol Kane as Herself
David Letterman as Himself
Christopher Lloyd as Himself
Lorne Michaels as Himself
Paul Shaffer as Himself
Michael Villani as Merv Griffin

Produced by Danny DeVito, Scott Ferguson (associate), Michael Hausman (executive), Michael Shamberg, George Shapiro (executive), Stacey Sher, Howard West (executive), Bob Zmuda (co-executive).
Original music by Peter Buck, Mike Mills, Michael Stipe.
Cinematography by Anastas N. Michos
Film Editing by Adam Boome, Lynzee Klingman, Christopher Tellefsen

Rated R for language, topless nudity and sexual situations.

A HOLLYWOOD JESUS FILM REVIEW
We are all on a journey -that is ultimately a spiritual journey.
Andy Kaufman's journey on screen reminds us of our own journey.
We identify. And Jim Carrey's performance makes it very real.
We watch Andy develop as a human being.
He goes from small time to the big time.
He goes from prostitutes to a loving monogamous relationship.
He goes from health to deadly cancer.
He goes from giving out negative energy to positive energy.
He seeks out spiritual truth.
He seeks out healing for himself.
But instead brings healing and life to others.
And in his death he found life.
His art and life blended together,
teaching us that there is a powerful connectedness between play and life.
Between actor and audience.
He demonstrated the web of life whose warp and woof connects us all.
If you have a talent, use it in every which way possible. Don't hoard it. Don't dole it out like a miser. Spend it lavishly like a millionaire intent on going broke.
--BRENDAN FRANCIS
Laughter adds richness, texture, and color to otherwise ordinary days. It is a gift, a choice, a discipline, and an art. --TIM HANSEL
   
There are so many things that just happen to us. Sometimes, I wonder, if it isn't the hand of God behind some of it. God or not, I know that "all things can work together for the good..." (Romans 8:28)

Dear brothers and sisters, whenever trouble comes your way, let it be an opportunity for joy. For when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be strong in character and ready for anything. --James 1:2-4

Joy is a positive thing: in joy one does not only feel secure, but something goes out from oneself to the universe, a warm, positive effluence of love. --RICHARD HOOKER (1554-1600)

You and I were created for joy, and if we miss it, we miss the reason for our existence. . . . If our joy is honest joy, it must somehow be congruous with human tragedy. This is the test of joy's integrity: is it compatible with pain? . . . Only the heart that hurts has a right to joy. --LEWIS B. SMEDES

SOME BELIEVE THAT ANDY, LIKE JESUS, STILL LIVES
There is an interesting website dedicated to the idea that Andy still lives.
http://www.andylives.org/
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