Memories of Me

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Memories of Me
Theatrical release poster
Directed byHenry Winkler
Written byBilly Crystal
Eric Roth
Produced byAlan King
Billy Crystal
Michael Hertzberg
StarringBilly Crystal
Alan King
JoBeth Williams
CinematographyAndrew Dintenfass
Edited byPeter E. Berger
Music byGeorges Delerue
Distributed byMetro-Goldwyn-Mayer
(MGM/UA Communications)
Release date
October 7, 1988
Running time
105 min.
CountryUnited States
Budget$12 million
Box office$3,965,604[1]

Memories of Me is a 1988 American comedy-drama film by director Henry Winkler, starring Billy Crystal, Alan King, and JoBeth Williams.

This was the first theatrically released film directed by Winkler, who had previously directed the TV movie A Smoky Mountain Christmas. Much of it was filmed inside the MGM Studios in Culver City, California, only a few miles from Hollywood.


After a heart attack, Abbie Polin, a New York doctor, goes to Los Angeles to see his father, Abe, who works in Hollywood as the "king of the extras." Their relationship has been strained for several years.

Lisa, the romantic interest in Abbie's life, also comes for a visit and bonds with Abe, who gets along famously with everyone but his son. Abe begins having memory loss and eventually is diagnosed with a brain aneurysm. He and his son grow closer in time and, before it's too late, Abbie tries to get Abe a speaking role in a film.



The movie received mixed reviews.[2][3] The film gets 3.5 stars out of 4 from Roger Ebert.[4]

Box office[edit]

The movie was not a box office success.[5]


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  2. ^ SHEILA BENSON (1988-10-07). "MOVIE REVIEW : Maudlin, Cliche-Crammed 'Memories of Me' Is Better Forgotten - Los Angeles Times". Retrieved 2012-07-05.
  3. ^ James, Caryn (1988-09-28). "Movie Review - Memories of Me - Review/Film; Of Lobsters and Love -". Retrieved 2012-07-05.
  4. ^ "Memories Of Me :: :: Reviews". 1988-10-07. Retrieved 2012-07-05.
  5. ^ LEONARD KLADY (1989-01-08). "Box Office Champs, Chumps : The hero of the bottom line was the 46-year-old 'Bambi' - Page 2 - Los Angeles Times". Retrieved 2012-07-05.

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