'Memories of Me' [Blu-ray]
(Billy Crystal, Alan King, Jobeth Williams, Robert Pastorelli, et al / Blu-ray / PG-13 / (1988) 2018 / MVD Visual)
Overview: On his girlfriend's insistence, a disgruntled man tries to make peace with his high-spirited, street-smart and often irritatingly careless father, a failed actor who never quit his dream to be a success.
Blu-ray Verdict: Personally, I think 'Memories of Me' is one of the most under rated movies of 1988. The first movie to be directed by Henry Winkler, I think it's a completely forgotten gem.
Abbie (Billy Crystal) is a surgeon who just had a heart attack. On his on again off again girlfriend Lisa (JoBeth Williams)'s insistence, he visits his estranged father Abe (Alan King). Abe is a failed actor/extra who is slowly suffering from dementia.
In truth, 'Memories of Me' is a great father and son film, but it also shows the non-Hollywood public those trials and tribulations of being a struggling (hopefully working) actor.
This film also tackles some of the public prejudice against new-to-the-business actors and their starts in Hollywood. Many people, wrongly make fun of, dismiss and attack, non-established actors for their commercial and background (extra) work, and wrongly so.
That all said, this film does a great job in clearly illustrating how valuable any acting in this profession is worth respecting.
Indeed, Billy Crustal is superb, as is Jobeth Williams, but the star of the movie is Alan King as Abe who gets along brilliantly with everyone but his son. Sean Connery also pops up in an uncredited cameo as Himself, who stops to have a quick chat with "The King Of The Extras"! This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.85:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Special Features of:
High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation of the main feature
Audio: English Mono, Spanish Mono
English, French and Spanish Subtitles
Behind the Scenes Featurette
Original Theatrical Trailer