The King of Comedy

The King of Comedy

DVD - 2002
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Talk show host Jerry Langford is kidnapped on his way to the studio by an aspiring stand-up comic who is short on talent but long on ambition. The ransom demand: an appearance on Langford's show to perform his routine
Publisher: [Beverly Hills, Calif] : 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment, 2002, ©1982
Edition: Widescreen ed
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (ca. 109 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in
Other Standard Identifier: 0024543038948
024543038948

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Calvacade
Feb 29, 2020

"The King of Comedy" is not only a very unique film, but also very entertaining. And if you love the medium of film, then it's one you need to add to your list of "must-sees." While overall it's a pleasure to watch, there's a very creepy, unsettling undercurrent running throughout as Rupert Pupkin imagines his life as a celebrity; really engrossing & simultaneously off-putting material. I saw a review in which the writer mentioned that "The King of Comedy" is a sort of companion to "Taxi Driver" and I have to agree as both films explore an uneasy underbelly of American culture. "The King of Comedy" is the best (and most watchable) work I've seen in dealing with narcissism and our celebrity-obsessed culture. It's a shame the film was not popular upon release as the writing is stunning & piquant and the actors are uniformly excellent.

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SAPL454
Feb 14, 2020

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PERF

An excellent rendition of an hilarious episode, thoughtfully conceived and executed!

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A pungent black comedy about a loser showbiz hanger-on who figures out a crackpot plan to get on the most popular talk show in the USA. The end is a knockout! Too dark and cynical for many viewers, and some of them can be read below. It's really not very exaggerated, though. Lewis and De Niro turn in great performances.

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lukasevansherman
Jul 27, 2019

One of Scorsese and De Niro's most offbeat and overlooked films. Due for a second look.

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MrsNikki
Mar 01, 2019

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Derringer
Dec 28, 2018

Hello!!????... This film's title is really "The King of Comedy" !!?? REALLY!!??

Surely it producers made a misleading and totally gross error with giving this film a title like this.

'Cause I think that a more appropriate title like "The King of Stupidity" would've been a lot more fitting as name for this idiotic rubbish.

Anyway - Not only was the direction of this film by Martin Scorsese absolutely amateurish, at best.

But, actor, Robert De Niro, playing the title character, was so lame and unconvincing in his part that he made my skin crawl with complete revulsion.

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VonHafenstaaad
Aug 02, 2018

Enjoyable film by Martin Scorsese about a " wannabee " who kidnaps a star- this film is really a fraught drama with any laughter produced by the uncomfortable situations the mentally ill comic ( played by Robert DeNiro ) puts himself in. This isn't Scorsese's best but it is worth watching.

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RoyalJellyIII
Aug 01, 2018

One of Scorcese's more underrated films- mainly because it takes an unflinching and brutally honest look at the entertainment industry, and it's golem-like appendage called " fame ". DeNiro gives one of his more subtle performances- all the more amazing as he was reputedly doing a lot of narcotics at the time. Jerry Lewis basically doesn't act in the film- what you see is basically what you get in real life. The film is tough but very funny- the original progenitor of ' squirm and laugh ' comedy in the US.

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CurlyWhirly
Jul 31, 2018

LUIS BUNUEL ranks right up there as the worst, most incompetent foreign director of all.

JEAN LUC GODARD comes in as a close second.

DAVID LYNCH is America's answer to BUNUEL.

JOHN CARPENTER is LYNCH'S twin sister in amateur film-making.

After seeing King of Comedy, MARTIN SCORSESE makes the trio of awful USA directors complete.

It really figures that SCORSESE cast that jerk JERRY LEWIS and that smirking creep ROBERT DE NIRO together in the same piece of garbage. This really shows just how horrible these 2 overloaded egos truly are.

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ManMachine
Jul 30, 2018

Blah! I think I'm gonna be sick!

In "The King of Comedy" actor, Robert De Niro plays (what I gather to be) the ultimate-of-ultimate pests (aka. Rupert Pupkin).

And, if this despicable, little pest had had even one likable bone in his body (and had his stand-up comedy shtick been genuinely funny) - Then - Yes - I would've considered this otherwise badly-conceived comedy to be a worthwhile view.

But, far from it! - With the clueless De Niro continually flapping his arms around like he was ready to take off with all of the other dodos and spewing out some of the most tiresome one-liners imaginable - I thought that "The King of Comedy" was nothing but an absolutely unfunny piece of sh*t.

IMO - The Rupert Pupkin character really should've been played by an actor in his early 20's - Instead of by De Niro who was in his late 30's.

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