“My Favorite Year” quotes

(1982)
Movie My Favorite Year
Title My Favorite Year
Year 1982
Director Richard Benjamin
Genre Comedy
Interpreted by
Plot – The movie is set in 1954. Benjy Stone is one of the authors of a popular TV show hosted by King Kaiser, a comedian. Kaiser decides to invite Alan Swann to the show, who once was a matinee idol. Benjy is enthusiastic to work together with his youth’s hero, but Swann arrives drunk at the studios and Kaiser wants to send him away. Benjy offers himself as Swann’s ‘babysitter’, assuring that he will be sober. However, Kaiser has to deal with other problems.
All actors – Peter O'Toole, Mark Linn-Baker, Jessica Harper, Joseph Bologna, Bill Macy, Lainie Kazan, Anne De Salvo, Basil Hoffman, Lou Jacobi, Adolph Green, Tony DiBenedetto, George Wyner
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  • “- K.C. Downing: If there's anything you need, I can take care of it for you.
    - Alan Swann: Anything?
    - K.C. Downing: Within reason.
    - Alan Swann: Well, let's begin with some tea and see where that leads us.”

    Jessica Harper - K.C. Downing
    Peter O'Toole - Alan Swann
    [Tag:need, request]
  • “- Alan Swann: I haven't performed in front of an audience in 28 years! Audience? I played a butler. I had one line! I forgot it.
    - Benjy Stone: Don't worry, this is gonna be easy.
    - Alan Swann: For you, maybe. Not for me. I'm not an actor, I'm a movie star!”

    Peter O'Toole - Alan Swann
    Mark Linn-Baker - Benjy Stone
  • “In 1954, a Buick was a Buick. It didn't look like a Chevy, which looks like a Pontiac, which you can't tell a part from an Olds. Like today.”
    Mark Linn-Baker - Benjy Stone
    [Tag:appearance, cars]
  • “- Alan Swann: Are you still in the fight game?
    - Rookie Carroca: In a way. I married Benjy's mother.”

    Peter O'Toole - Alan Swann
    Ramon Sison - Rookie Carroca
    [Tag:marriage]
  • “- Uncle Morty: So, Mr. Swann, now that we sat nice, brokebread together, shared a glass of wine, I feel I know you a little.
    - Alan Swann: Morty, I feel I know you even better.
    - Uncle Morty: Good! Then you won't mind if I ask you a question?”

    Lou Jacobi - Uncle Morty
    Peter O'Toole - Alan Swann
  • - Alan Swann: Now, all we have to do is get from here - to there.
    - Benjy Stone: It won't work!
    - Alan Swann: It worked perfectly well in "A Slight Case of Divorce"!
    - Benjy Stone: That was a movie! This is real life!
    - Alan Swann: What is the difference?

    Peter O'Toole - Alan Swann
    Mark Linn-Baker - Benjy Stone
  • “- Sy Benson: He's plastered!
    - Alan Swann: So are some of the finest erections in Europe.”

    Bill Macy - Sy Benson
    Peter O'Toole - Alan Swann
    [Tag:europe]
  • “- K.C. Downing: I mean, what do you want from me?
    - Benjy Stone: Sex!”

    Jessica Harper - K.C. Downing
    Mark Linn-Baker - Benjy Stone
    [Tag:desire, sex, sincerity]
  • “- Benjy Stone: Mr. Swann, I think I'm going to be unwell.
    - Alan Swann: Stone, ladies are unwell. Gentlemen vomit.”

    Mark Linn-Baker - Benjy Stone
    Peter O'Toole - Alan Swann
    [Tag:disease]
  • “- K.C. Downing: Benjamin, we're in the middle of an interesting conversation, here.
    - Benjy Stone: I bet it's real interesting. What's the subject of this interesting conversation?
    - Alan Swann: These eyes. They're Merle Oberon's eyes.
    - Benjy Stone: Merle Oberon's! And what's Merle doing for eyes? Using Katharine Hepburn's?”

    Jessica Harper - K.C. Downing
    Mark Linn-Baker - Benjy Stone
    Peter O'Toole - Alan Swann
  • “- Alice Miller: He landed fine last night. That much we know.
    - Benjy Stone: So where is he?
    - Sy Benson: Where else? Drinking and humping!”

    Anne De Salvo - Alice Miller
    Mark Linn-Baker - Benjy Stone
    Bill Macy - Sy Benson
  • “- Benjy Stone: Mr. Swann, I was supposed to watch you, remember?
    - Alan Swann: Good. Watch this.”

    Mark Linn-Baker - Benjy Stone
    Peter O'Toole - Alan Swann
    [Tag:drinking]
  • “- Alan Swann: We'll talk over dinner.
    - Benjy Stone: Me? You? The Stork Club?
    - Alan Swann: Well, after that rather eloquent speech you made earlier this morning, I didn't think you'd mind having dinner with me.
    - Benjy Stone: You heard that? But, you were out?
    - Alan Swann: There's out and there's out.”

    Peter O'Toole - Alan Swann
    Mark Linn-Baker - Benjy Stone
  • “- Stockbroker #1: I think Alan Swann is beneath us!
    - Stockbroker #2: Of course he's beneath us. He's an actor!
    - Stockbroker #1: No! I think Alan Swann is beneath us right now!”

    Robert G. Denison - Stockbroker #1
    John Christy Ewing - Stockbroker #2
  • “What's in a name? A rose by any other name would wither and die.”
    Peter O'Toole - Alan Swann
    [Tag:flowers, name]
  • - Alan Swann: Comedy is such a mystery to me. I feel the way Edmund Kean did.
    - Benjy Stone: The great English actor?
    - Alan Swann: On his death bed, Kean was asked how he felt. He answered, "Dying is easy. Comedy is hard".

    Peter O'Toole - Alan Swann
    Mark Linn-Baker - Benjy Stone
    [Tag:comedy, death, mystery]
  • “- K.C. Downing: Do you think there are funny people and not-funny people?
    - Benjy Stone: Yes. Definitely. On the funny side there are the Marx Brothers, except Zeppo; the Ritz Brothers, no exceptions; both Laurel and Hardy; and Woody Woodpecker. On the unfunny side there's anybody who has ever played the accordion professionally.”

    Jessica Harper - K.C. Downing
    Mark Linn-Baker - Benjy Stone
  • “Mr. Swann, may I present my mother: Mrs. Belle Mae Steinberg Carroca of Brooklyn, New York and Miami Beach, Florida for two weeks, each and every winter.”
    Mark Linn-Baker - Benjy Stone
    [Tag:mother, name, travel]
  • “Jews know two things: suffering and where to find great Chinese food.”
    Mark Linn-Baker - Benjy Stone
    [Tag:food, jews, pain]
  • “- Benjy Stone: Bring Alan Swann to Brooklyn?
    - Belle Carroca: Well, why not? What are you ashamed of?
    - Benjy Stone: Everything!”

    Mark Linn-Baker - Benjy Stone
    Lainie Kazan - Belle Carroca
  • “- Lil: This is for ladies only!
    - Alan Swann: So is this, ma'am, but every now and then I have to run a little water through it.”

    Selma Diamond - Lil
    Peter O'Toole - Alan Swann
    [Tag:men, women]
  • “Let me tell you something: you couldn't have convinced me the way you did unless somewhere in you you had that courage! Nobody's that good an actor! You are that silly goddamn hero!”

    Mark Linn-Baker - Benjy Stone
  • “To me you were! Whoever you were in those movies, those silly goddamn heroes meant a lot to me! What does it matter if it was an illusion? It worked! So don't tell me this is you life-size. I can't use you life-size. I need Alan Swanns as big as I can get them!”

    Mark Linn-Baker - Benjy Stone
    [Tag:acting, heroes, movie]
  • “- Benjy Stone: Why did you marry so many of them?
    - Alan Swann: Stone, I didn't marry any of them. They married me.”

    Mark Linn-Baker - Benjy Stone
    Peter O'Toole - Alan Swann
    [Tag:marriage]
  • “You call what Swann does acting? That's not acting. It's kissing and jumping and drinking and humping!”
    Bill Macy - Sy Benson
    [Tag:ability, acting]
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