Punchline

Punchline

Director: David Seltzer

Cast: David Seltzer, Sally Field, Tom Hanks, John Goodman

     
 

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Sally Field goes the Roseanne route in Punchline. Field plays a housewife and mother who suddenly develops the urge to be a comedienne. Her comic instincts are on target, but her timing and delivery stinks. Tom Hanks, a stand-up comic with a few years' experience under his belt, offers to teach Field the ropes. As they get to know each other, Hanks and Field

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Sally Field goes the Roseanne route in Punchline. Field plays a housewife and mother who suddenly develops the urge to be a comedienne. Her comic instincts are on target, but her timing and delivery stinks. Tom Hanks, a stand-up comic with a few years' experience under his belt, offers to teach Field the ropes. As they get to know each other, Hanks and Field begin to pick up on each other's shortcomings; though Hanks has far more talent than Field, for example, he has a positively ruinous habit of expressing his deep-down dislike of everyone else in the world, and this frequently alienates his audience. Writer-director David Seltzer times Punchline like a good joke; he continually sets up for the expected, then pulls a last-minute fast one, keeping the film lively and unpredictable throughout. The supporting cast, coincidentally including future Roseanne star John Goodman, is uniformly superb.

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Director David Seltzer's 1988 film about the world of stand-up comedy, Punchline is a slice-of-life backstage pass with some Hollywood embellishment. Seltzer employs a good bit of documentary style as he gives us a glimpse at the performers' heartbreakingly competitive world, featuring a slew of real-life luminaries (including Damon Wayans and John Goodman). Tom Hanks shows good emotional range in his role as an irascible hotshot comic, and Sally Field is convincing as a Jersey housewife-turned-comedienne. Hanks demonstrates an edgy side to his comedy that all but vanished in his later transformation into a blockbuster actor. The film's subtext probes the nature of comedians and comedy itself: the funny can often be sad, and vice versa.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/01/2000
UPC:
0043396650107
Original Release:
1988
Rating:
R
Source:
Sony Pictures

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Sally Field Lilah Krytsick
Tom Hanks Steven Gold
John Goodman John Krytsick
Mark Rydell Romeo, Comedy Club Owner
Kim Greist Madeline Urie
Damon Wayans Percy
Pamela Matteson Utica Blake
George Michael McGrath Singing Nun
Taylor Negron Albert Emperator
Barry Neikrug Krug
Angel Salazar Rico
Joycee Katz Joycee
Mac Robbins Billy Lane
Max Alexander Mister Ball
Paul Kozlowski Jerry Petroviak
Barry Sobel Robyn Green
Marty Pollio Juggling Comic
Kimberly Ryusaki Actor
Bob Zmuda Audience Participant & Heckler
Paul Mazursky Arnold
Kate Rich Eve
Charles David Richard Maitre d'
Casey Sander Ernie the Bartender
Michael Pollock Piano Player
Consuela Nance Waitresses of the Gas Station
Andrea Adams Waitresses of the Gas Station
Candace Cameron Carrie
Laura Jacoby Jenny
Bianca Rose Heidi
Ron Ulstad Madeline's Boss
Howard Weller Talent Scout
Richard Parker Talent Scout
Andrew Parker Boy on Gurney
Randy Fechter Young Doctor
Sam H. Ginsburg Sam, The Laughing Patient
Angela Bennett Nurse
Cameron Thor Audience Participant and Heckler
Jimmy Lewis Audience Participant and Heckler
Scott Williams Audience Participant and Heckler
Carin Badger Audience Participant and Heckler
John Kirby Marketing Man
Robina Suwol Buffy
Robert Britton Murray
Mark Goldstein Mark
Melissa Tufeld Mark's Wife
Dottie Archibald Mrs. Petroviak
Susie Essman Lilah's Hairdresser
Joey Vega Waiter in Coffee Shop
Ben Hartigan Older Clergyman
Jimmy Brogan Younger Clergyman
George D. Wallace Dr. Wishniak
Crane Jackson Second Faculty Examiner
Rich Ramirez Taxi Driver
Mike Starr Man with Bullhorn

Technical Credits
David Seltzer Director,Screenwriter
Jackie Burch Casting
Daniel Allan Carlin Musical Direction/Supervision
Peg Cummings Set Decoration/Design
Jackson de Govia Production Designer
Bruce Green Editor
Robert Grieve Sound/Sound Designer
Charles Gross Score Composer
Lee C. Harman Makeup
Joe Hubbard Set Decoration/Design
John R. Jensen Production Designer
John Jensen Art Director
Aggie Lyon Costumes/Costume Designer
Daniel Melnick Co-producer
Dan Moore Costumes/Costume Designer
Michael Pollock Songwriter
Michael Rachmil Co-producer
Peter Smith Set Decoration/Design
Jim Van Wyck Asst. Director
Reynaldo Villalobos Cinematographer

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