King of Comedy

King of Comedy

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Director: Martin Scorsese

Cast: Martin Scorsese, Robert De Niro, Jerry Lewis, Diahnne Abbott

     
 

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Martin Scorsese's satirical comedy/drama caustically explores the lengths to which a nobody will go to be as famous as his idol. Practicing his patter in his basement with cardboard cut-outs of his favorite celebrities, mediocre aspiring comedian Rupert Pupkin (Robert De Niro) believes that one appearance on the evening talk show of the Johnny Carson-esque Jerry… See more details below

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Martin Scorsese's satirical comedy/drama caustically explores the lengths to which a nobody will go to be as famous as his idol. Practicing his patter in his basement with cardboard cut-outs of his favorite celebrities, mediocre aspiring comedian Rupert Pupkin (Robert De Niro) believes that one appearance on the evening talk show of the Johnny Carson-esque Jerry Langford (Jerry Lewis) will be his ticket to stardom. After he helps Jerry escape the advances of amorous fan Masha (Sandra Bernhard), Rupert takes Jerry's patronizing brush-off as a true promise for an audition and begins haunting Jerry's office. Provoked by Masha's needling and a rejection from Jerry's smooth production exec Cathy Long (Shelley Hack), Rupert makes a disastrous trip to Jerry's country house with embarrassed date Rita (Diahnne Abbott), then hatches an even more outlandish scheme to get ahead. With Masha's help, Rupert kidnaps Jerry and demands as ransom the TV appearance that he believes will turn his fantasy into reality.

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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Gregory Baird
Dreams of stardom become a star's nightmare in The King of Comedy, a sharp, surgically precise satire from director Martin Scorsese. Robert DeNiro plays Rupert Pupkin, an aspiring stand-up comedian who kidnaps his idol, a famous TV talk-show host (Jerry Lewis), in a desperate attempt to get his big break. While this implausible plot might suggest farce, Scorsese opts instead for a darker tone: Lewis's Tonight-styled talk show is barely shown, and Pupkin's stand-up material isn't even heard until the end of the film. Indeed, neither comedy nor real-world celebrity is really of interest here; what matters are Pupkin's delusions of grandeur, and the film slips neatly into fantasy to get inside Pupkin's head, while honing an ominous edge reminiscent of Taxi Driver. DeNiro, who was the star of that film as well, is perfectly suited to the part of a not-so-average Joe whose obsessive compulsions are infused with an inscrutable air of menace. Meanwhile, show-biz legend Lewis is perfectly cast as the beleaguered victim of fan adulation, barely cracking a smile in a low-key performance that somehow anchors the film. By the end, although King of Comedy's portrayal of mass-media culture invites comparisons to a film like Network, it lacks that film's grand satirical scope. Instead, it triumphs as an intensely focused exploration of the perils of celebrity worship.
All Movie Guide - Lucia Bozzola
Despite favorable reviews and good business in a few big cities, The King of Comedy died at the box office; but this uneasily humorous examination of the bizarre relationship between stardom and fandom looks more disturbingly current with each passing year. Martin Scorsese reins in the technical verve of his prior work, so that The King of Comedy's bright, flat lighting and simple editing mimic the look of television, the film's subject; visual flourishes are saved for Rupert's fantasies, signalling how off-kilter he is. Rupert is just as obsessive as Taxi Driver's Travis Bickle, revealing the potential danger in an American cult of celebrity that idolizes stars, provokes resentment of fame's privileges, and turns deranged menaces into celebrities.

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Product Details

Release Date:
03/25/2014
UPC:
0024543885047
Original Release:
1983
Rating:
PG
Source:
20th Century Fox
Region Code:
A
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound]
Time:
1:49:00
Sales rank:
33,887

Special Features

Tribeca Film Festival: A conversation with Martin Scorsese, Robert DeNiro and Jerry Lewis; A Shot at the Top: The making of The King of Comedy; Deleted and extended scenes; Theatrical trailer

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Performance Credits
Robert De Niro Rupert Pupkin
Jerry Lewis Jerry Langford
Diahnne Abbott Rita
Sandra Bernhard Marsha
Shelley Hack Cathy
Tony Randall Himself
Ed Herlihy Himself
Lou Brown Band Leader
Margo Winkler Receptionist
Matt Russo Cabbie
Scotty Bloch Crockett's Secretary
Whitey Ryan Stage Door Guard
Edgar J. Scherick Wilson Crockett
Liza Minnelli Herself
Diane Rachell Mrs. McCabe
Ralph Monaco Raymond Wirtz
Bill Minkin McCabe
Sel Vitella Man at Telephone
Loretta Tupper Stage Door Fan
Katherine Wallach Autograph Seeker
Catherine Scorsese Rupert's Mom
Charles Scorsese Man at Bar
Joe Strummer Street Scum
Martin Scorsese TV director
Marvin Scott Newsman
Frederick de Cordova Himself
Jeff David Announcer
Ellen Foley Street Scum
Marta Heflin Young Girl
Joyce Brothers Herself
Tony Devon Plainclothesman
Peter Fain Plainclothesman
Richard Dioguardi Capt. Burk
Ray Dittrich Giardello
Mardik Martin Men at Bar
Victor Borge Himself
Leslie Levinson Roberta Posner
Charles Low Man in Chinese Restaurant
Mick Jones Street Scum
George Kapp Mystery Guest
Thelma Lee Woman in Phone Booth
Kim Chan Jonno
Doc Lawless Chauffeur

Technical Credits
Martin Scorsese Director
Richard Bruno Costumes/Costume Designer
Robert F. Colesberry Associate Producer
Cis Corman Casting
Robert Greenhut Executive Producer
Les Lazarowitz Sound/Sound Designer
Boris Leven Production Designer
Scott Maitland Asst. Director
Arnon Milchan Producer
Lawrence Miller Art Director
Edward Pisoni Art Director
Daniel Robert Set Decoration/Design
Robbie Robertson Score Composer,Musical Direction/Supervision
Thelma Schoonmaker Editor
Fred Schuler Cinematographer
Paul D. Zimmerman Screenwriter

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